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Drought conditions increased throughout the United States. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 24 to 31, which was the largest DSCI across the country since mid-March. Overall, the percent area of D0 (abnormally dry), D1 (moderate drought), and D2 (severe drought) expanded across the U.S. The area of abnormal dryness and drought increases were most notable in the Ohio Valley, Midwest, and Texas. In addition, D3 (extreme drought) conditions developed in a...

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Eighteen months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast , recovery efforts and flood management projects continue as the region improves its resiliency for future events. Although unprecedented, Houston's catastrophic flooding from Harvey was not without foreshadowing. Tax Day 2016, Memorial Day 2015 and other storms had caused similar flooding across portions of the Greater Houston Area.

Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented storm, resulting in $125 billion in damages and flooding...

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Note: This is the first part in a series. Read part two here.

Securing a safe and reliable source of water is a primary goal for any municipality. This is especially so in Texas, which in recent years has experienced record-breaking droughts and population growth.

Currently, Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) population growth estimates predict an additional 12 million people in Texas by 2050. Coupled with the Environmental Protection Agency prediction of...

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March 8-14 is National Groundwater Awareness Week, which promotes the importance of preserving this natural resource. The National Groundwater Protection Association offers many resources on its website , including articles, videos and fliers about being a good steward of groundwater.

National Groundwater Awareness Week is especially important for the state of Texas during the current drought. Groundwater provides an estimated 80% of water for agricultural use and more than 99% of drinking water for...

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Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Zebra mussels are back in the news, and as they spread farther into North Texas, Freese and Nichols is helping to address the threat posed by the invasive species.

(Star-Telegram article: Officials bracing for spread of zebra mussels ​)

So far, the major impact of zebra mussels on our clients has been that North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has lost access to...

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