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What to Know as You Grow

City leaders: Feeling growing pains in your community? Here’s timely advice for managing growth by planning for it together with your constituents.

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Wendy Shabay Bonneau

Urban Planner

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Annie Vest

What to Know About the New Oklahoma Disaster Mitigation Recovery Fund

The Oklahoma Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Matching Fund was created to help counties and municipalities impacted by natural disasters and has recently gone into effect. The fund, developed by Rep. Lonnie Sims, R-Jenks in House Bill 3819, is designed to help appropriate $5 million to aid counties and communities impacted by natural disasters or at risk for future loss in their application for recovery and mitigation project financing. The new fund is an opportunity to match federal grant programs like those from FEMA and others.

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Innovation Spotlight: Sabine River Pump Station

The Sabine River Pump Station and Pipeline Project replaced an existing pump station that had reached the end of its design life. The project provides a more reliable water source during drought conditions as well as essential water supplies to serve industrial and municipal customers.

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Brian King
Dan Christiansen

Taking Drones to New Heights for Your Projects

Learn how drones can improve your project documentation, inspection, emergency management and more – and save you time and money.

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Rebekah Gates

Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Learn the details of drought conditions in states across the Southwest and Southeast.

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Civil Engineering Magazine Features Emergency Riverbank Project in Fort Worth

Our multidisciplinary team applied geomorphology expertise, innovation and a quick response to help Fort Worth Water design and implement emergency repairs for an eroding riverbank in a sensitive area.

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Jessica Brown

Compliance Window Closing for Submitting Water Emergency Preparedness Plans to TCEQ

Missed the SB 3 March deadline? Learn how Freese and Nichols can help you catch up.

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Brandon Huxford

The Art of Public Involvement

As practitioners, we know that federally funded projects mandate public involvement. Instead of just “checking the box” when it comes […]

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Signature Fort Worth Bridges Shine With RGB Lighting System

The three signature bridges for the Trinity River Vision Panther Island project near downtown Fort Worth feature RGB LED lighting […]

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Jessica Brown

What’s Next for Water Emergency Preparedness Plans

As Texas water utilities move from submitting their emergency preparedness plans to TCEQ into the implementation phase, here are important tips that can help with compliance.

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Mark Evans

USDOT Becomes First to Make Funds Available from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The USDOT has become the first agency to release funds from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to local governments, counties, states, authorities, districts, and others. The program improves upon the RAISE grant program with some additional goals for efficiency, equity and climate resilience.

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Trey Shanks

Learn Best Practices for Infrastructure Asset Management During Five-Day Course

Professionals in the water, transportation and energy fields can learn techniques for planning, decision-making and budgeting to get the most out of their system’s infrastructure.

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MAAPnext Flood Control Work Yields Next-Generation Management Tools

Next-generation watershed studies through the MAAPnext program have helped produce the nation’s most comprehensive set of flood hazard maps so Harris County communities can better understand and mitigate their risks.

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