Press Room & News

Updated 7/31/14

Latest Dam & Levee Safety News

The content on this page is intended only as a summary of information published in various news outlets.  ASDSO does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy or timeliness of such information. Visit the ASDSO Online Bibliography to see more news articles.


Southwest Georgia dam failures drill planned. 7/30/14, Journal/WALB - Albany
Emergency management to simulate dam failure at Blackshear Dam and Flint River dam.

Lake homeowners face $1.5 million dam-repairs bill. 7/24/14, Journal/Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Public input enhanced in Maine’s new dam law. 7/30/14, Journal/Portland Press Herald
New dam relicensing law approved by House and Senate.

New York
Southern Tier dams get federal funds for rehab, safety. 7/30/14, Journal/Press & Sun-Bulletin - NY
$2.9 million given to NY dams for rehab and assessments.


Soil Filters Help to Earthquake-proof Dams. 7/21/14, Journal/Sourceable
Study by ERCD and  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory proves soil filter method effective in strengthening dams.

Watershed Rehabilitation Funding to Repair Dams in 26 States. 7/18/14, Journal/Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Bill funds will be used for 150 dams for planning, design, and construction.

Study shows dam design effective for earthquakes. 7/9/14, Press Release: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Corps of Engineers ERDC study soil filters to determine a dam's preparedness after an earthquake.

River task force discusses funding for low-water dams. 7/18/14, Journal/Tulsa World

New quake hazard map shows areas most at risk. 7/21/14, Journal/Bakersfield Now
New USGS earthquake hazard map shows active earthquake fault near Lake Isabella dam.

San Diego Water Authority Dedicates Raised San Vicente Dam. 7/17/14, Journal/KPBS - San Diego
Size of San Vicente Reservoir doubles after dam raise.

Santa Clarita City Council Requests St. Francis Dam To Be National Memorial. 7/17/14, Journal/KHTS Radio - Santa Clarita

Biggest dam project in San Diego County history is complete. 7/16/14, Journal/Los Angeles Times
San Vicente Dam will now hold 242,000 acre feet of water.

TIME LAPSE: A dam raising in just 34 seconds. 7/16/14, Journal/10News - San Diego
Time lapse video of San Vicente Dam raise after its June completion.

Silicon Valley braces for floods, storm surges caused by sea level rise. 7/11/14, Journal/Homeland Security Newsletter
East Palo Alto to construct new $37 million levee.

New Folsom auxiliary dam to be topped off Friday 7/10/14, Journal/Central Valley Business Times
Folsom Dam expected to be complete in Oct. 2017.

Levee fix: $2.58M just to start. 7/10/14, Journal/Manteca Bulletin
Levees in northern California must be able to withstand a 200-year flood for more home construction to continue.

'Substantial levee break' near Minkler being investigated. 7/6/14, Journal/KFSN-TV - Fresno
Levee breach leads to evacuations in Fresno County.

Denver Water upgrading 50-year-old infrastructure at Dillon Dam. 7/2/14, Journal/
Gates will receive maintenance at Dillon Dam to restore to original condition.

Plaque memorializes tree that saved lives in 1963 Spaulding Dam flood. 7/26/14, Journal/Norwich Bulletin
Tree added to state’s Notable Trees database after aiding in survival of five people during Spaulding Pond Dam failure.

More extreme rain for Connecticut, and no way to drain it. 7/25/14, Journal/The CT Mirror
Cornell data reveals increase in precipitation from extreme storms over past 50 years; ASDSO state rep Art Christian interviewed.

Residents slam dams' owner over possible demolitions. 7/1/14, Journal/Norwich Bulletin
Company announces plan to remove dams in Killingly unless ownership is transferred.

672 large dams in danger of devastating earthquakes. 7/16/14, Journal/Livemint

Town considering options for warning about dangers. 7/21/14, Journal/Daily Journal
Edinburgh interested in adding warning signs at local dam after two recent deaths.

Peru Residents Still Fighting DNR’s Dam Assessment. 7/1/14, Journal/Indiana Public Media
Residents claim dams do not fall under IN DNR jurisdiction.

Dam Where Tubing Fatality Occurred was Scheduled for Repair Last Fall. 7/21/14, Journal/KCRG- Cedar Rapids
Woman drowns at Cedar Rapids low-head dam; Includes ASDSO animation of "roller effect."

Drowning machines: safety near dams. 7/21/14, Journal/KWWL - Iowa
Woman drowns at low-head dam; Public told to exercise caution around these types of dams.

LePage plan could give dormant dams new life. 7/29/14, Journal/Portland Press Herald
Governor’s Energy Office allotting $100,000-$125,000 to inventory dams with potential for hydropower.

Lubec woman rescued by teens, firefighters after being pulled over dam’s spillway. 7/20/14, Journal/Bangor Daily News
Woman pulled into current below dam at Gardner Lake; Suffers broken leg.

Interns Gain Unique Experience Through MEMA Dam Safety Program 7/7/14, Journal/Maine.Gov
Summer interns learn how to inspect dams with MEMA.

DAM RIGHT: Hathaway Pond fish ladder donations transferred to Beaton's Inc. 7/30/14, Journal/Wicked Local Mattapoisett
Private organization raises $10,000 for rehabilitation at Hathaway Pond Dam.

Funding OK'd to demolish 2 dams on Shawsheen River 7/8/14, Journal/Eagle-Tribune - North Andover
$864,000 Coastal Resiliency Grant provides funding to remove Balmoral Dam and Stevens Street Dam.

Investigation: Erosion caused 2012 dam failure. 7/1/14, Journal/WWMT News 3 - Michigan
Investigation says erosion caused failure of Brown Bridge Dam.

DNR Q & A: What are the reasons for removing dams? 7/10/14, Journal/Lillie News - North St. Paul
ASDSO state rep Jason Boyle interviewed on dam removal.

[Mike Horse Dam cleanup contract awarded at $7.2 billion] 7/17/14, Journal/Helena Independent Record
After Mike Horse Dam blowout in 1975, Bear Trap Creek will soon be returned to its original flow path.

Tester, Walsh help secure funding for Flower Creek Dam project. 7/1/14, Journal/Press Release - Jon Tester Administration
$8 million in grant and loan funds from USDA to aid in Flower Creek Dam replacement.

New Jersey
Looking back 10 years after the 1,000-Year storm in Medford. 7/23/14, Journal/South Jersey Local News
Town remembers storm that caused multiple dam failures 10 years ago.

New York
100-year-old Blooming Grove dam slated for reconstruction. 7/13/14, Journal/Times Herald-Record
Beaver Dam/Lake to be drained and reconstructed in later 2014 or early 2015.

North Carolina
Hope Mills approves $9.4M settlement in dam lawsuit. 7/13/14, Journal/WRAL TV- Raleigh
Settlement reached over 2003 Hope Mills Lake Dam failure.

North Dakota
$8M ‘dry dam’ project set for upper Maple River in ND 7/14/14, Journal/Prairie Business
Dry dam on upper Maple River could be completed as early as Dec 2015.

3D models bring new dimension to Civil Works projects. 7/24/14, Journal/DVIDS
Corps uses 3D models to design outlet works at Addicks and Barker Dam.

Federal Money Flows to Oklahoma for Water Infrastructure Fixes. 7/22/14, Journal/Tulsa Public Radio
State receives over $37 million in funding for dams and water systems.

Oklahoma Granted $26 million In Federal Dollars For Watershed Program. 7/21/14, Journal/KGOU - Oklahoma
Oklahoma Conservation Commission plans to focus on 85 dams in need of rehab after state awarded $26 million though 2014 Farm Bill.

Outdated Tulsa Levee Protecting Thousands Has Community On Edge. 7/17/14, Journal/ - Oklahoma
Levees built during WWII will cost at least $26 million to rebuild.

Pennsylvania NRCS Receives Funds to Rehab Dams. 7/18/14, Journal/USDA-NRCS Pennsylvania Press Release
Nine dams in state will receive assistance totaling $11.4 million through NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation Program.

Low-head dam dangers in Central PA. 7/7/14, Journal/Fox43 - Central PA
Visitors of low-head dams warned of risks involved.

Remove these dam drowning machines (YDR opinion). 7/7/14, Journal/York Daily Record

New map shakes up earthquake ratings as Tennessee joins states at highest risk. 7/26/14, Journal/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Officials say TN dams are designed to withstand maximum probable earthquake.

Texas Law Reducing Dam Inspections Sparks Criticism. 7/10/14, Journal/Wall Street Journal
Following passage of legislation, 44% of dams in the state are no longer inspected.

Dam upgrades to be studied 7/17/14, Journal/
Cherrystone and Roaring Fork Dams in need of increased spillway capacity.

Chatham receives $700,000 for dams. 7/16/14, Journal/Chatham Star Tribune
Town to enlarge spillways at Cherrystone and Roaring Fork dams.

Wanapum Dam Constructions Starts Fixing Crack. 7/2/14, Journal/Kion 46 - Central Coast News
Crews drill 40 holes to begin reinforcing dam.

As dams fall, rapid changes on Elwha River. 7/5/14, Journal/Washington Times
Sediment changes landscape after Elwha dam removals.

Augusta dam needs repairs to keep city afloat. 7/17/14, Journal/wqow - Eau Claire
Dam built with corregated metal pipe in need of repair.




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