Our Arkansas Connection Spans Eight Decades

Lock and Dam Number 7

Freese and Nichols has invested in meeting Arkansas’ needs throughout our long history.

We trace our presence in Arkansas from 1937, when we conducted water system appraisals in Foreman, directly to 2022, when we opened our newest office in Rogers.

Our notable projects include design of Lock and Dam Number 7, which we handled in 1965 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 110-foot-by-600-foot navigational lock and 980-foot-long dam with 14 gated spillways just west of Little Rock formed Murray Lake and was part of a series of structures built to manage the Arkansas River as it flows toward the Mississippi.

Our firm’s most recent work includes the City of Siloam Springs’ Comprehensive Plan, Rogers Water Utilities Wastewater Master Plan, and Mississippi River Basin and National Water Quality Initiatives for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Timeline of Freese and Nichols projects in Arkansas, 1937 through 2022

Other regional work includes projects for public entities across Arkansas as well as private clients:


  • Southwest Proving Grounds, Hope
  • Water Pollution Control Act “208 Plan,” Little Rock
  • FAA Airport Modernizations, statewide
Southwestern Energy CNG Station
Southwestern Energy CNG Fueling Facility in Damascus, Arkansas


  • Levee Certification, Clarksville
  • Levee Accreditation & LOMR, Fort Smith
  • Rice-Carden Levee Repair at Fort Smith
  • Levee Evaluation & P Street Pump Station Evaluation, Fort Smith
  • Muddy Fork Decommissioning, Washington County SWCD

Private Clients

  • Dam Inspection, American Electric Power
  • Raw Water Supply for Hot Springs Power Station, Tractebel
  • CNG Fueling Facilities, Southwestern Energy Co.

While Freese and Nichols looks towards the future, a rich legacy of past projects has formed the foundation for continued work in the state.