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Has the phrase “wash your hands” ever carried more significance than it has this year? Despite all the attention, we still need to remind people that water for handwashing, drinking, agriculture and industry doesn’t just show up. It requires an intricate system of pipes, pump stations, treatment plants, storage facilities and other infrastructure, along with people to keep it all operating.

An important new report makes the case that the U.S. isn’t...

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The 2020 ASFPM Annual National Conference , originally scheduled to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, has been moved to a virtual format. Although we wish we had been able to welcome you in Cowtown this year, we are looking forward to a great slate of presentations and other engaging content online.

The conference will be held June 9-11. We hope you’ll tune in to one of our presentations, detailed...

Read More - We'll See You Virtually at ASFPM

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) kicked off state and regional flood planning in Texas with the approval of rules following months of feedback and requested nominations for group members.

Approval of Rules

On May 21 the TWDB approved the final administrative State and Regional Flood Planning rules. Proposed rules were approved by the TWDB on Dec. 5, 2019. Written comments were received through Feb. 3 and oral comments during...

Read More - TWDB Continues Forward Progress on the Texas State Flood Plan

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May marks Flood Awareness Month in Oklahoma, and May 18-22 marks Flood Awareness Week in Texas. The Texas Floodplain Management Association worked with Gov. Greg Abbott for an official proclamation, which you can read in full here. Earlier this year, Georgia recognized Flood Safety Preparedness Week.

Whatever the month or week, it’s always crucial to know the power of water. While dangerous floods are possible throughout the year,...

Read More - Flood Awareness: The Power of Water

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The Association of State Floodplain Managers has issued an updated version of its report Flood Mapping for the Nation, estimating that the United States needs to spend $3.2 billion to $11.8 billion to complete flood mapping necessary to help communities across the country address hazards and save lives and property.

Analyses have shown that accurate, up-to-date flood mapping saves taxpayers $2 for every $1 invested by helping cities and states plan, design...

Read More - ASFPM Updates Flood Mapping for the Nation

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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...

Read More - Who Pays for Drainage Infrastructure Serving New Development?

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TagsStormwater, drainage, development, urban, runoff, land, density, Texas, code,

Texas cities, counties and other public entities have an unprecedented opportunity this year to plan for and repair damages caused by devastating floods and to protect against future storms. With new financial resources available, it’s important for community leaders to understand how to make sure their areas can benefit.

The constitutional amendments that voters approved in November 2019 resulted from new planning and funding laws passed by the Texas Legislature. Now, the Texas...

Read More - How to Get Involved on Texas Flood Planning

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How do you know what type of wall fits for improving a channel?

The Delaware Creek Channel Improvements project, a $50 million project for the City of Irving, utilizes three types of channel wall available. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages, such as space, construction and speed.

Modular Block Wall

These walls are constructed by stacking precast concrete block units. These are gravity walls and resist external forces...

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Tagschannel, channel wall, channel improvement, Stormwater, Flooding, irving, delaware creek,

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