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Texas cities are learning that there could be costly implications associated with some higher drainage standards for new development and redevelopment. Many cities have adopted design standards that require developers, as a condition to obtain a permit, to design and construct new drainage infrastructure that serves fully developed upstream watershed conditions, even if the upstream watershed is undeveloped (or only partially developed) at the time the developer seeks a permit.

The reason for this...

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After more than 60 years, potential changes to the NRCS Curve Number method are underway!

The original Curve Number method was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (Soil Conservation Service at the time). It started in the 1950s as a simple and efficient method for determining the volume of runoff produced from a certain rainfall event that could be applied uniformly across the country. Since...

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