Association of State Dam Safety Officials
October in Review
ASDSO presented webinar on "Guidelines for
Assigning Erodibility Parameters to Soil Horizons for SITES
ASDSO and ASFPM leaders met in Indiana.
ASDSO's Executive Committee met in Lexington.
Looking Ahead to November
2-3 ASDSO-DHS Security
Workshop, Colorado Springs, CO
ASDSO leaders attend National Dam Safety Review Board meeting
16 ASDSO Webinar:
In This Issue
In the Spotlight
--Profiles of ASDSO's 2010-2011 officers
--ASDSO and ASFPM leaders meet
--ASDSO Fund Drive
Dam Safety '10 Redux
--Photos of the field trip, exhibit hall, conference sessions, the
awards luncheon, and more (even a member's "road trip")
--Simulcast stats & follow-up on the Failure Analysis Soapbox
--Dam safety on "The Infrastructure Show"
--More dam safety news worldwide
--A hydrologic history lesson from Ed Tomlinson
--Comments sought on regulation of dams at metal and non-metal mines
and on FEMA draft flood hazard mapping appendix
Focus on Security
--DHS conducts surveillance detection webinar
--"Stuxnet" poses cyber-threat
Focus on Levees
--ASDSO tapped as advisor on international levee handbook
--Corps releases new levee publications and a report on water resources
More Publications & Technical
--Summaries of state program practices
--HEC-HMS Version 3.5 released
--Annotated list of recent publications
In the Spotlight:
ASDSO's 2010-2011 Officers
John Moyle is Manager of the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection Bureau of Dam Safety and Flood Control. He also serves
as Coordinator of New Jersey's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
and partners with the US Army Corps of Engineers on flood reduction
projects within the state. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from
the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Long active in ASDSO, John is a second-term president, having previously
filled the role in 2001-2002. He chairs ASDSO's Scholarship
Committee and serves on the Dam Owner Education and Student Outreach
committees, as well as the New Jersey-Pennsylvania Council for Safe Dams.
An avid fan of NY Yankees baseball and NY Giants football, John and his
wife Ellen have two children - a daughter, Jessica (Joseph) Grogan, and
son Patrick. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf with Patrick,
hunting with his father, and reading - most recently The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and
the End of America's Childhood and Warren Buffett and the Art of
Bo Boulourchi has served on the ASDSO Board for the past four
years. Bo, a 40-year veteran of the Louisiana Department of
Transportation & Development, has spent the last 28 years in the
Office of Public Works and Water Resources, where he is Director of
Public Works and Water Resources Programs. In this position, he directs
the state's dam safety, levee safety (non-coastal), reservoir development
and water resources programs. He previously served as Deputy Assistant
Secretary for 4½ years.
Bo's past work experience includes design and construction, oil and gas
exploration for private industry, and research and development. He has
served on the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission since
1983, and was elected chairman in 1987, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006 and
2007. He is also a member of the LA State Water Management Commission,
and serves as the Engineer Advisor for the Red River Compact Commission.
Bo received a BSCE in 1964 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana
(USL) and an MSCE in 1970 from Louisiana State University (LSU).
Jason Campbell, Dam Safety/ Floodway Permitting Engineer with the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, has been with the State of
Illinois for five years. Jason received a BS in Plant and Soil
Science (Agronomy) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in
1998, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville in 2005.
Jason's experience prior to joining the State DNR includes working for a
consulting engineering company, primarily on landfill covers, driving an
over-the-road semi, and working as a Crop Specialist for an agricultural
co-operative. He served as Secretary of ASDSO in 2009/2010, and has
been involved in ASDSO's response to the US EPA regarding proposed rule
changes for Coal Combustion Residual impoundments.
An accomplished horseman, Jason has provided equine support for several
movies, including Gods
and Generals, Cold Mountain, Alamo, The Last Samurai, and Second Hand Lions.
He also enjoys waterfowl hunting, camping, and fishing. He and his
wife Lisa, a high school math teacher, have two children, a daughter
Mariah (9) and a son Tyler (5).
Pat Diederich has been Chief of Dam Safety for the Nebraska Department of
Natural Resources for the past six years. His previous work
experience includes President and Principal Engineer for Allied
Consulting Engineers, Inc.;Water Resources Engineer/Manager for Kirkham
Michael & Associates; and Civil Engineer for the Sarpy County Highway
and Surveying Department.
Pat earned his BSCE from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha in
1987. Besides serving on ASDSO's Executive Committee, Mr Diederich
serves on the National Dam Safety Review Board Research Work Group, the
State Dam Security Panel, and as ASDSO's liaison to the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service. His non-engineering interests
include golf, tennis, and philosophy.
David Gutierrez, Chief of the California Division of Safety of Dams, has
been with the California Department of Water Resources for 30 years,
previously serving as Deputy Director. He holds BS and MS degrees
in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.
David serves on ASDSO's Peer Review, Legislative, Finance, and Executive
committees, and he was recently interviewed for the Infrastructure
Show (see Latest News to link
to the podcast). In his spare time he enjoys softball and camping.
ASDSO and ASFPM
President John Moyle, Executive Director Lori Spragens and Mark Ogden of
ASDSO met recently with leadership officials of the Association of State
Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), current Chair of the Board of Directors,
Greg Main of Indiana and Past Chair, Chad Berginnis of Ohio to discuss
issues of mutual interest and to explore ways for better
coordination. Both groups shared information on the structure of
their organizations and on how policies are formed. All agreed to
look for additional opportunities for the leadership to meet and
coordinate including the ASFPM annual conference in Louisville, KY next May
and the ASDSO annual conference in Washington, D.C. next September.
A comparison of state NFIP coordinators and state dam safety
representatives in preparation for the meeting revealed that both are
housed in the same department in thirty of the fifty states with at least
four of those in the same division (this number is likely higher but many
of the contacts did not list the division) and one of those is the same
person. The leaders discussed that with such overlap with members
and issues, the groups have many incentives to work closely together
ASDSO Fund Drive Underway
ASDSO's fund drive is now in full swing. Our goal for this year is
$27,000. If every ASDSO member contributes as little as $9 we can reach
Contributions from Patron Donors and Sustaining Members
support the continuation of important ASDSO activities, including the
Peer Review Program, Student Outreach, Public Awareness of Dam
Safety, and the Undergraduate Scholarship.
Watch your mailbox for your donor card or make your tax deductible
contribution through the donation page on our website.
Thank you to our members who have already contributed this year!
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& More from Dam Safety '10
'10: Gone By but Not Forgotten
members will go to great lengths (literally) to get to the annual
conference. Karl Myers of Piedmont Geotechnical Consultants in Roswell,
GA and his wife, Jenny, traveled 6,758 miles for the round trip over a
period of three weeks, including the time at the conference. Karl
tells us, "The conference facilities were some of the best, if not
THE best, after I got used to the escalator ride from sea level to the
As ASDSO members are wont to do, Karl could not resist taking a few dam
photos during his journey (right): "The billboard on US
Highway 63 in northern Iowa near the Minnesota border caught my eye, so I
had to explore." We are not sure which Karl enjoyed more - the
dam site or the sweet corn.
Speaking of Photos...
from the Dam Safety '10 field trip, awards luncheon, opening session,
exhibit hall, and more have been posted in the ASDSO Picture Gallery,
under "Publications & Resources at www.damsafety.org.
(NOTE: Click on
the Category drop-down box to see all 5 categories of conference photos.)
Dam Safety '10 Simulcasts
addition to the conference attendees who packed the Opening Session
ballroom, over 250 viewers from around the globe watched and
listened from their home or office computers. Webcasting the
keynote portion of the opening general session provided a real-time
experience for many who did not have the opportunity to attend the
conference in person. Additionally, a total of eight technical
sessions (12 hours) were digitally archived and will be available for
purchase on ASDSO's bookstore next month. See the list of archived
presentations. Response to this pilot exercise will help the ASDSO
Training Committee decide how best to develop virtual
training opportunities in the future.
More on the Dam Safety '10 Soapbox Sessions: 70 Members Consider
Dam Failure Investigation Approaches
At the 2010 ASDSO National Conference, a diverse audience participated in
the soapbox session "Dam Failure Investigations: Is a New
Approach Needed?". The members identified 15 reasons why we need
to investigate following a dam failure, including: preventing future
failures, establishing the facts, informing the public/press, and
evaluating EAP effectiveness. They also identified 57 best
practices that could be adopted when conducting these challenging
investigations. Investigation timeliness,
expertise/independence of the team members, communication with the
public/press, information collection and proper authority are important
Bill Allerton (FERC), Jim Palowski (Michigan), Dusty Myers (Mississippi),
Bob Clay (Missouri) and Jonathan Garton (Iowa) shared their first hand
experiences, successes, and challenges with recent dam failure
investigations. From a review of these and past investigations,
there is not a lot of consistency in how they are performed.
It was the consensus of the soapbox session attendees that the dam safety
industry should consider adoption of best practices for owner/agency
response to dam failures and for conducting effective
investigations. Session notes were forwarded to ASDSO for further
Contact: Mark Baker, P.E. email@example.com
for Presentations: Northeast Regional Conference
Announcement: The 2011 ASDSO Northeast Regional
Conference, hosted by the NJ-PA Council for Safe Dams will be held on
June 5-7, 2011 at the brand new Conference Center in Lake Placid, New
The CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
is now open. Abstracts Deadline: January 14, 2011. See the website
for details and submittal instructions. Watch this space for
exhibit and sponsorship info to be posted soon.
ASDSO-NRCS Seminar on "Emergency Action Planning for
Registration is now open
for the ASDSO-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Seminar on Emergency Action Planning for
Dam Safety, to be conducted by URS Corp and W.W. Wheeler and
This course will be held three times in the coming year:
(1) November 30-December 1 at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, TX.
(2) April 26-27, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Denver, CO; and
(3) June 2011 (dates to
be announced) in Madison, WI
now OPEN for the Fort Worth and Denver meetings. See details. Registration is limited to the
first 55 individuals who apply. Please send in your
registration form (or register on-line)
early to reserve a spot.
This course is intended to provide skills that will
allow you to develop new EAPs and improve the effectiveness of
existing EAPs. The course is a hands-on, interactive workshop,
covering the knowledge required to prepare, implement, update, and review
effective EAPs that mesh with the constantly changing emergency
mark your calendars for the following geotechnical webinars, presented by
Danny K. McCook, PE:
November 16, 2010 - Pitfalls in Quality Control
Processes for Compacted Earth Fill. View agenda and
December 14, 2010 - Estimating
Permeability Using Empirical Methods. View Agenda.
Registration to open on November 17
Registrants may either sign up for the live broadcast,
with real-time interactive Q & A, or an archived version for
on-demand viewing. The fee is $125 per webinar. A certificate
for two professional development hours will be awarded to each paid
registrant who completes the on-line assessment. Participants who view
the live broadcast in a group may sign up for the archived version in
order to view later and receive their own PDH certificate.
Archived Webinar Now Available for Purchase
The archived version of the October 12 geotechnical
webinar presented by Mr. McCook, Guidelines for Assigning Erodibility
Parameters to Soil Horizons for SITES Analyses, is now
available for purchase. Cost: $125 (25 view limit)
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Dam Safety Featured on "The
On September 10, ASDSO's 2009-2010 President David Gutierrez was
interviewed for "The Infrastructure Show." The
interview focused on private dams, and the podcast is posted at www.theinfrastructureshow.com.
Dams in the News
- Toxic mud
spill in Hungary;
of repairs at Town Lake Dam;
- Hoover Dam
celebrates 75th anniversary;
dam wall threatens to collapse;
difficulties at Pueblo Dam;
rules include new fees for dam owners in Hawaii;
- Iowa dam
needs immediate repair;
River dam finished;
dams to be checked for quake damage;
Mexico's infrastructure in need of rehabilitation;
investigate Oswego River alarm system;
- Town uses
fire truck to pump out reservoir;
Park dam fails after heavy rainfall;
levee gets 'minimally acceptable' rating;
- Breach at
Wisconsin River levee possible;
- More incidents,
dam removals, repairs.....Read more.
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& A: Probable Maximum Precipitation Events
ASDSO headquarters receives many questions every
day. With the help of our members, we are able to answer most of
them. Thanks to ASDSO member Ed Tomlinson of Applied Weather
Associates for supplying the answer to this one!
Question: I have been unable to find a succinct answer to a
simple question. Could you tell me whether or not a probable
maximum precipitation (PMP) event has ever occurred in the US? If
so, where and when?
The National Weather Service published Technical Report Number 25 in 1980
that compared greatest observed rainfalls with PMP. The document
can be downloaded from the following site:
Section 6.1 identifies the two storms that were identified as exceeding
PMP: Smethport, Pa July 17-18, 1942 and Cherry Creek, Co May 30-31,
1935. Although NWS 25 states that both have sufficient data,
neither had any official rainfall reports and the information collected
from farmers and ranchers may not be correct even though the NWS has
accepted the rainfall reports. Other storms that were close to PMP
are Ewan, NJ September 1, 1940; Vic Pierce, TX June 23-28, 1954;
Westfield, Ma August 17-20, 1955; Hearne, Tx June 27 - July 1, 1899;
Herne, Tx September 8-10, 1921; and Yankeetown, Fl September 3-7, 1950.
The only other storm analysis that we are aware of that exceeds the PMP
is Prescott, Az September 22-23, 1983. Verne Leverson from
the Bureau of Reclamation published a paper on this storm in the American
Meteorological Society's Monthly Weather Review, V.114, n.12 (Dec.1986)
Characteristics of the Prescott, Arizona, Storm of 22-23 September 1983
It should be noted that PMP values for Arizona were taken from
Hydrometeorological Report 49. That is the oldest current HMR and
used old techniques to established PMP values for the southwestern
US. Applied Weather Associates is currently updating PMP values for
Arizona, using this storm in our analysis database.
I cannot claim that these are the only storms since the HMR PMP values
change with new publications and not all extreme events since about the
mid 1950's have been analyzed. But hopefully this information is
useful. Let me know if you have further questions.
Edward M. Tomlinson, PhD
Applied Weather Associates, LLC
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DHS Conducts Surveillance Detection Webinar
On September 9, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of
Infrastructure Protection (IP) hosted a live 90-minute webinar via the
Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Sectors (HSIN-CS) to
provide representatives from all 18 critical infrastructure sectors with
information regarding surveillance detection. The 'Surveillance
Detection Webinar' featured a moderator and a panel of three security
experts - Charlie Payne, DHS; Jim Rosenbluth, Cushman & Wakefield;
and James Haughom, Network Security Services LLC - who provided
information on the potential indicators of terrorism, crime, and other
threats, and described the importance of reporting suspicious activities
to law enforcement authorities.
This initiative was conducted as part of IP's ongoing effort to ensure
that public and private stakeholders around the nation have access to
information that assists in improving the protection and resilience of
critical infrastructure facilities. The live webinar was viewed by over
1,000 individuals representing 77 private sector companies, 5
universities, 28 states, and 29 entities within the federal government.
An additional 3,000 people have viewed the webinar since it was archived
This webinar, which provides information aimed at enhancing the
capability to properly detect surveillance, is now available via the
training section within the HSIN-CS Dams Portal. For additional
information regarding the webinar or how to obtain access to the HSIN-CS
Dams Portal, please contact the Dams Sector-Specific Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stuxnet Cyber-Attack Threat
Stuxnet is a worm designed to jump from Windows-based computers to
specialized systems that control industrial equipment at dams and other
facilities. Several infections have occurred worldwide. NY Times: A Code for Chaos
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Tapped as Advisor on International Levee Handbook
In 2009, organizations
from six countries (Germany, France, Ireland, Netherlands, United States,
and the United Kingdom) agreed to participate in developing a
comprehensive resource document regarding the operation, assessment,
maintenance, monitoring, design and construction of levees.
Following several international workshops, representatives from the six
countries drafted a scoping report outlining the contents of an
International Levee Handbook (ILH) that would reflect rigorous
collaboration, sharing of information, and engineering best
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Department of Homeland
Security (DHS), and the National Committee on Levee Safety (NCLS)
currently represent the primary points of contact for this effort in the
United States. Each of these organizations have committed to
specific roles for the development of the handbook. Recognizing the
multitude of entities with an interest in levees within the United States,
USACE, DHS, and NCLS is now inviting several other stakeholder groups,
including ASDSO, to participate in the development and review of
this document. It is anticipated that this effort will span
a three-year period. (Photo of Sacramento, CA
levee from USACE Digital Visual
From the Corps
In August, the US Army Corps of Engineers released the following
publications, available through the USACE Levee Safety
Program Web pages:
--Process for the NFIP
Levee System Evaluation (Engineering Circular 1110-2-6067)
--Release of USACE
Evaluation Circular 1110-2-6067 - FAQ
--Levee System Evaluation
for the NFIP Fact Sheet
The issue of levee and dam rehabilitation is one of many addressed in
USACE's report, Responding to National
Water Resources Challenges (August 2010, 104 pp.).
The report presents findings from a long-term project focused on
developing effective and sustainable solutions for current and future
water resource needs.
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Publications & Technical Tools
Charts detailing state practices in the following areas
have recently been added to the ASDSO Surveys page
in the Members Only section of the website. Following are direct
links to each:
of Dams Update
Corps of Engineers recently completed accepting data from the state dam
safety programs for an update of the condition data field in the National
Inventory of Dams (nid.usace.army.mil).
The update was specifically targeted at new condition information for
high hazard potential dams. Of those states participating, thirty
provided updated information and fourteen reported that either they are
not yet tracking condition data or have no updated information since the
last submittal. The Corps plans to have the updated data available in
(Note: Access to the
condition assessment information is restricted to government users
HEC-HMS Version 3.5 Released
Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS) Version 3.5 is now available at for
general use from www.hec.usace.army.mil/software/hec-hms.
This is an incremental release with new features and repairs, described
in detail on the website. Also available on the site are an updated
User's Manual and updated Quick Start Guide, and all documentation and
installation packages. The new version is currently available for the
Microsoft Windows operating system and will soon be available for the Sun
Microsystems Solaris and Linux operating systems. (Users will need
System Administrator privileges within their own systems in
order to install the software, but not to run it after installation
Work continues on the next major release, Version 4.0, which will add
capability for surface erosion and wash-off in sub-basin elements, to be
paired with erosion, deposition, and sediment transport in reach
elements. The reservoir element will include sediment settling and
outflow. A formal call for beta testers will be made in FY11.
Click here for an
annotated list of articles and papers from technical journals, trade
publications, and conference proceedings.
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MSHA Continues to Solicit Comments on Regulation of Dams
at Metal and Nonmetal Mines
The period for submitting comments to the Mine Safety and Health
Administration (MSHA) regarding dams at metal and nonmetal mines has
officially been extended until December 13, 2010. The original
deadline was October 12, 2010.
Link to the Federal Register notification of the comment period being
Link to the original Federal Register posting requesting comments regarding
the safety of dams at metal & nonmetal mines:
Flood Hazard Mapping Appendix Available for Review
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a revised draft for
Appendix I: Discovery of FEMA's Guidelines and Specifications for Flood
Hazard Mapping Partners: www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2206
This Appendix will replace the previously-issued Appendix I that
contained the Project Scoping Toolbox and the guidance for Scoping and
Pre-Scoping activities. Discovery describes the process to be applied by
FEMA Regions, Cooperating Technical Partners, and other Mapping Partners
in performing Discovery activities in a watershed of interest that may
lead to a flood risk project being initiated. The revised document
will be available for public review and comment through Nov. 26 at: www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=4340.
Written comments and suggestions (tracked changes or comments) may be
submitted to FEMA electronically by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com.
Alternatively, comments and suggestions may be mailed or faxed to Jen
Marcy at PBS&J, 12101 Indian Creek Ct, Beltsville, MD 20705.
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Oregon Section presented Jeffrey
Bradley, P.E., Ph.D., D.WRE, F.ASCE with its
"Engineer of the Year" Award at the Annual Awards Gala held in
Portland on September 24. Dr. Bradley, president and founder of
WEST Consultants, Inc., has been involved in national and local ASCE activities.
He was the first president of ASCE's American Academy of Water Resources
Engineers and assisted in the creation of the Diplomate, Water Resources
Engineer (D.WRE) certification program, founded to elevate civil
engineering standards and expand the body of knowledge for practicing
engineers. He is a past-President of the ASCE Environmental and
Water Resources Institute (EWRI), served on its Governing Board from its
inception in 1999 through 2002, and as general congress chair for its
2009 International Association of Hydraulic Research Congress. He has
chaired various ASCE committees, including the Water Resources
Engineering Division Executive Committee, the Sedimentation Committee,
and the National Water Policy Committee. He served on the ASCE President's
task committees on Institutes and on Governance Restructuring, and on
national Engineering Management Division committees. His local
activities include serving as a Director and Treasurer of the Oregon
Section, and chairing committees in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.
Mark Killgore, P.E., D.WRE has been appointed as Puget Sound
Energy's Manager of Water Resources. Mark has been with PSE since
2008. Mark will continue his work on dam safety capital projects
and take on an expanded role relative to water management. Mark
recently completed a 3 year term on ASCE's Environmental and Water
Resources Institute (EWRI) Governing Board.
ASDSO is pleased to announce the addition of the following NEW MEMBERS to
the association roster in October:
Mr. Alberto Minero
Ms. Mary Beth Morris
Mr. Thomas Murray
Mr. Richard M. Powers
Mr. Neil Van
Ms. Keely Ryles
Mr. Mark Schwartz
Mr. Brian D.
Mr. John Stolz
Ms. Jessica A.
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Visit ASDSO's Career Center to
post a job listing ($25/month for regular postings; no charge for student
positions) and to view current openings. The following positions
were posted in October:
Water Resources Engineer (Licensed)
Freese and Nichols, Inc. - Houston,
Post Date: October 28
Civil Engineer - Dam/Levee/Large Civil Works
CDM - Sacramento, CA
Post Date: October 15
CDM - Raleigh, NC
Post Date: October 15
Lead/Senior Hydro Engineer
PacifiCorp - Portland, Oregon
Post Date: October 11
Principal Engineer - Dams
AECOM - Chicago, IL
Post Date: October 10
Branch Chief/Supervisory Engineer
FERC/OEP/Division of Dam Safety and Inspections
- New York, New York
Post Date: October 1
Supervisory Civil Engineer
FERC/OEP/Division of Dam Safety and Inspections
- Portland, Oregon
Post Date: October 1
Ontario Power Generation - Niagara-on-the-Lake,
Post Date: October 29
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