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Project Overview
The City of Austin Watershed Protection Division (WPD) retained Freese and Nichols (FNI) to retrofit an existing Central Austin dry stormwater detention facility by integrating it with a new stormwater water quality wet pond. The WPD’s goal was to protect their community by reducing the impact of flooding, maintaining and improving water quality and creating a stable stream system to prevent erosion. FNI’s integration of a wet pond into the existing dry detention pond helped the WPD achieve these goals for stormwater runoff into Waller Creek.

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TagsWet Pond, Water Quality, Sustainability, Detention, Design,

For more information, contact Lesley Brooks.

Sustainable Design Principles
Specifically related to stormwater, a sustainable project can be defined as a project that provides a balanced benefit to the community and the environment while being economically feasible in the present and future. A sustainable stormwater management project strives to provide recreational opportunity, habitat creation/preservation, flood control, water quality improvement, and long term maintenance plans with adequate funding and staffing...

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What is a SSWAP?
A SSWAP applies sustainability to stormwater management practices for development and redevelopment to improve the water quality of waterways within a community. A SSWAP offers substantial benefits to the community and environment through reducing maintenance burdens, addressing flooding and erosion problems through best management practices, and protecting and restoring watershed health.

Getting the Ball Rolling in your Community
Stormwater management is a critical piece of the puzzle for a community to become truly...

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As part of the firm’s Bee Cave Parkway project, Freese and Nichols designed a two-span pedestrian and cyclist crossing under Bee Cave Parkway and alongside Freitag Creek to provide access to the city park. Throughout the project, keeping close to Freitag Creek’s natural features was crucial to the City.

Innovative Creek Crossing under Bee Cave Parkway
Freese and Nichols innovatively designed Freitag Creek’s two-span pedestrian crossing under Bee Cave Parkway as a multi-purpose facility able to provide pedestrian and cyclist access as well as convey stormwater...

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TagsSustainability, Projects, Innovation,

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Traditional planning and design of stormwater management systems focuses on minimizing construction costs and maximizing developable land. Decades of using the traditional method and micro-designing stormwater management systems has created a chaotic network of pocket detention ponds and stressed pipe and channel systems, which municipalities are struggling to obtain sufficient funding to repair. The impacts on these systems are further exacerbated by increases in projected population and the...

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Dan Sefko, Freese and Nichols' Urban Planning Group Manager, presented at the annual TML conference in Houston on Oct. 13 along with Todd Gottel, Mayor of Rowlett; Douglas Athas, City Council member, Garland; and John Lettelleir, Director of Development Services, Frisco. Dan spoke about improving planning process and responses to concerns about the United Nations' issuance of Agenda 21 sustainability policies.

The emphasis of the presentation centered around how cities should accurately clarify any misinformation about Agenda 21 and sustainability efforts, especially early in the...

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Tagsurban planning, Sustainability, conference,

Freese and Nichols was a member of the Vision North Texas team working with a natural resources research team to develop the Vision North Texas plan providing input related to water quality, water supply and conservation, parks and open space planning, and stormwater quality. They also facilitated several regional planning sessions.

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