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As dam owners across the country have learned in dramatic fashion, disasters usually happen quickly though the conditions that cause them typically build up over time.

Whether your emergency results from a hurricane, a spillway collapse or vandalism, you as a dam owner/manager can be ready with a well-developed, up-to-date and practiced Emergency Action Plan.

Our guidance for knowing what to consider, how to prepare and how to respond recently was featured...

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In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s inundation of Houston in August 2017, Freese and Nichols quickly put boots on the ground to help the Harris County Flood Control District assess the extent of flood damage to the 2,500 miles of channels across the county and estimate the costs of repairs.

However, this was only the beginning of the post-storm recovery efforts that continue more than a year later. An undertaking of...

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

When we think of recycling, we tend to think about materials: plastics, cardboard, glass and metals, but not water. Materials recycling is successful for a multitude of reasons, but one of the primary drivers of recycling is securing reliable long-term resources. That same reasoning can (and should) be applied to our water resources.

While water recycling (also called reuse...

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Please join us in welcoming Naveen Chillara, PE. He joins our Water Resources Design Division as a senior project manager and water resources design engineer serving the Southeast Texas and Louisiana markets.

With more than 16 years of experience in water resources projects and coastal engineering services, Naveen will play an integral role in supporting existing client needs and expanding our services to a diverse client base throughout the region.

“Naveen has...

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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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​ Grady Hillhouse, Water Resources, Austin has once again shown children (and adults) the fun side of science and engineering with an interactive model of dams and reservoirs. He shared a video documenting his process for building the model on his YouTube channel , and it has received more than 19,000 views and almost 50 comments.

In 2013 he demonstrated a bottle rocket launch for students at his wife's elementary school in Austin, and...

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