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WATER/WASTEWATER ENGINEERING

236 MGD in 3-D: Pump Station Innovations at Bois d’Arc Lake

Using 3-D modeling, visualization software and other innovative tools, Freese and Nichols’ design will provide redundancy, reduce power system losses and directly reduce the costs for conveying water.

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Helping Refine Fort Worth’s Water Asset Management Strategy

A comprehensive study has helped the City of Fort Worth better focus its water planning and management.

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Nina Reins

When Every Minute Counts: Continual Outreach and Coastal Modeling Support

When decisions about evacuations and allocations of emergency resources are at stake, it’s critical that the technology is based on up-to-date data.

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Craig Wells

Sea Level Impact Projection Studies: What They Are and What They Aren’t

A new Florida law will require public entities to conduct Sea Level Impact Projection (SLIP) studies ahead of coastal building projects that use state funding. Here are some key guidelines for planning such projects.

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Nina Reins

When Every Minute Counts: Flood Inundation Modeling and Mapping

Our hydraulic and hydrologic modeling improved decision support, emergency response and post-disaster recovery through the Compound Flood Inundation Guidance System.

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Nina Reins

When Every Minute Counts: Decision Support for Compound Flooding

The guidance system is based on the distinctive aspects of a particular storm while it is forming, providing more accurate forecasts than probabilistic analyses of past storms.

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New HVAC Design to Give Historic Army Band Hall a More Sustainable Life

Our Facilities team designed an innovative new energy-saving heating/cooling system as part of major renovations underway at Joint Base San Antonio/Fort Sam Houston. The Military Engineer magazine tells the story about the HVAC design.

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Craig Wells

How Investments in Climate Resiliency Can Pay Off Later

It’s estimated that for every $1 spent on pre-disaster mitigation or hardening measures, a utility can save $4 to $36 in post-event recovery and replacement costs.

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Nina Reins

When Every Minute Counts: Real-Time Forecasting During the Storm

Emergency management personnel can easily access forecasts with the Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment, a website with a user-friendly mapping interface.

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Craig Wells

How to Assess Your Infrastructure To Be Climate Resilient

For water and wastewater utilities along the coasts, it’s not a matter of whether storm surge will impact infrastructure but when. Now is the time to assess facilities’ ability to withstand storms.

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Jordan Skipwith

Climate and Drought Outlook for the United States

Temperatures and precipitation will be above normal for much of the United States during March 2021, according to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.

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Jordan Skipwith

Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions have slightly declined across the United States this past month. Here are details for states across the Southwest and Southeast.

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Jennifer Wasinger

Public Entities in Oklahoma Urged to Report Storm Damage to Help Access Recovery Funding

Additionally, local governments have access to low-interest loans from Oklahoma State Revolving Funds to pay for the restoration of vital water and wastewater infrastructure,

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