Press Room & News

Updated 8/29/14

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.


River Task Force members tour possible dam sites, levee 8/29/14, Journal/Tulsa World
Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force visits levee pump station in Sand Springs, Zink Dam, and proposed south Tulsa/Jenks and Bixby dam sites.

State presents plan to repair 146-year-old Glasgo Dam 8/29/14, Journal/Hartford Courant
$3 million in repairs needed at Glasgo Dam, including an increase in spillway capacity, and elimination of erosion.



Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September. 8/16/14, Journal/Seattle Times
Salmon populations grow after Elwha River dam removals; Last dam to be removed next month.

Missouri River levees deemed "unacceptable". 8/13/14, Journal/KMAland - Shenandoah
Many levees along Missouri River in need of special cameras to be used for inspection.

Alaska Seeks Continued Involvement In BC Mine Review. 8/26/14, Alaska Public Media
Mount Polley tailings dam failure prompts state to request more detailed review of proposed Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine project. Pending Mount Polley failure investigation, AK DNR seeks to review plans for KSM tailings facility and monitoring systems for dam safety and water quality; requests involvement in authorizations for project.

Next Earthquake Could Unleash Tsunami-Like Wave On Davis If Dam Fails. 8/25/14, Journal/CBS Local - Stockton/Modesto
UC Davis professor says Monday's earthquake may have added pressure to Berryessa Fault underneath Berryessa Dam.

USACE inspects dams following Napa quake. 8/25/14, Journal/Ukiah Daily Journal
Coyote Valley, Warm Springs, New Hogan, Folsom, and Farmington dams found undamaged after Napa earthquake.

Napa Earthquake Raises Concerns About Sacramento’s Levees. 8/25/14, Journal/CBS Local - Stockton/Modesto
Delta levees more vulnerable to failure after earthquakes due to softer foundation; No damage found to area levees after Napa earthquake.

UPDATE: McKeon announces drive for St. Francis Dam memorial 8/19/14, Journal/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Congressman McKeon introduces resolution to have St. Francis Dam site designated as national memorial.

A Levee Breached Near CR, and Humboldt Bay is Now 50 Acres Bigger. 8/18/14, Journal/Lost Coast Outpost
50+ acres flooded after levee failure near College of the Redwoods.

Legislation introduced to memorialize St. Francis Dam victims. 8/14/14, Journal/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Congressman McKeon introduces HR 5357 to memorialize St. Francis Dam failure victims.

City, county fight dam classification. 8/6/14, Journal/The Citizen - Fayetteville
Peachtree dam reclassified to Category 1; City petitions for hearing.

CSUN Grad Student Memorializes Victims of 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster. 8/6/14, Journal/SCV News - Santa Clarita
California State University, Northridge student does master's thesis on "Memorialization and Memory of Southern California's St. Francis Dam Disaster of 1928."

Twain Harte Lake Drained, Closed Until Further Notice 8/5/14, Journal/Inquisitr
Several cracks found at Twain Harte Lake Dam, drained as precautionary measure.

California dam under repair after cracking, prompting flood warning. 8/4/14, Journal/Los Angeles Times
Twain Harte Dam crack leads to flood warning; Crews release water to examine damage.

Monitoring continues on Wolford Mountain dam. 8/26/14, Ski-Hi News
Unexpected degree of settlement of 19-year-old Ritschard Dam examined by state and Colorado River Water Conservation District.

Massive mining dam burst leaves Idahoans worried. 8/12/14, Journal/KTVB - Boise (video)
Newscast summarizes the Mount Polley tailings dam failure; Idahoans worry about downstream water effects and consider tailings dams in their own state.

Earthquakes are possible in NE Kansas. 8/25/14, Journal/Kansas First News
Earthquake in southern Kansas reminder of Tuttle Creek Dam, which was recently renovated to withstand earthquakes.

Privately owned Lake Vaquero drained for project to elevate, rehabilitate its dam. 8/8/14, Journal/Topeka Capital-Journal
After reclassification to high hazard a few years ago, dam at Lake Vaquero in need of upgrades, including spillway modifications and pipe replacement.

Consultant to study Pleasant Lake Dam leaks. 8/21/14, Journal/Oxford Hills Sun Journal
Pleasant Lake Dam losing water in three places; Consultant hired to determine damage.

Application Period Open for the Dam Repair and Reconstruction Revolving Loan Program 8/20/14, Journal/Maine Emergency Management Agency (Press Release)
MEMA accepting applications for loan program that allows up to $100,000 in low interest loans.

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.

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.

Laurel considers suing WSSC over spring flood damage. 8/15/14, Journal/Baltimore Sun
Floodgates opened during April storm; City considers legal action due to flood damages.

Cambridge allotted $24.4M in state’s environmental bond bill. 8/25/14, Journal/Wicked Local - Cambridge
Bill includes $49 million for dam repairs and removals.

Judge rules engineers aren't on hook for Boardman River dam breach. 8/21/14, Journal/Traverse City Record Eagle
Legal matters concerning Brown Bridge dam breach continue.

[MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP]. 8/12/14, Journal/Pierce County Herald

New program will monitor dams through internet.

Work underway to repair Reservoir dam leak. 8/14/14, Journal/WAPT Jackson
Repairing leak at Ross Barnett Reservoir dam will cost $600,000.

New Mexico
Flood risk plagues La Union neighborhood. 8/14/14, Journal/Las Cruces Sun-News
County considers lowering protection of dam from 100-year flood to 50-year flood to reduce costs.

North Carolina
Needing Repairs, Woodlake Dam Deemed 'High Hazard'. 8/22/14, Journal/The Pilot - Moore County
Dam at Woodlake Country Club in need of quick repairs due to problems such as cracking and seepage.

GOP leaders say compromise deal reached on coal ash cleanup. 8/19/14, Journal/WECT - Wilmington
SB 729 requires that coal ash ponds at four locations close by 2019.

Task force proposes endowment for Arkansas River dams' maintenance. 8/13/14, Journal/Tulsa World
Annual maintenance of new Zink Dam estimated to cost $165,000, with an additional $24 million for proposed Bixby dam construction.

Some dangerous dams lack state-mandated warning signs (YDR opinion). 8/15/14, Journal/York Daily Record
Swimmers rescued from low-head dam with no warning signs.

Fix Pennsylvania's killer dams (YDR opinion). 8/15/14, Journal/York Daily Record
Overview of low-head dams in Pennsylvania and suggestions for remediation.

After Wildfires, Dams Fail In North Central Washington. 8/25/14, Journal/Northwest Public Radio
Areas affected by wildfires at risk of flooding; Failure of dams would threaten nearby communities.

Heavy rains in fire area collapse dams. 8/22/14, Journal/Washington State Department of Ecology (Press Release)
Lack of vegetation in areas burned from the summer's fires possible cause of two dam failures.

Bloomer property owner of a lake dam faces new DNR regulations. 8/16/14, Journal/wqow - Eau Claire
Community works together to fund dam failure assessment for local dam.


Canada (See also: Alaska, Idaho)
Independent Review of Mount Polley Breach Announced. 8/18/14, Journal/Kelowana Now - Canada
Third party review of tailings pond inspections from 2014 will be conducted in British Columbia after Mount Polley Mine dam breach.

Mount Polley operator was raising height of tailings dam at time of breach 8/15/14, Journal/The Globe and Mail - British Columbia
British Columbia to release updated tailings pond policies.

Mount Polley Mine Disaster Update 8/10/14, Journal/The Castlegar Source
Temporary dike planned to stop flow out of pond.

State of emergency declared after tailings pond breach. 8/7/14, Journal/Journal of Commerce - Western Canada
Mount Polley Tailings Pond breaches, releasing an estimated 10 million cubic meters of water and 4.5 million cubic meters of sand.

Mining Association of BC is Monitoring The Mount Polley Tailings Dam Incident. 8/6/14, Journal/Mining Association of British Columbia - Press Release
Experts assess the damage resulting from breach at Mount Polley Tailings Dam.

Aerials of destruction caused by Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach 8/4/14, Journal/Global News
Canadian tailings pond bursts; Video of damage caused by breach.

Residents calling it an environmental disaster: tailings pond breach at Mount Polley Mine near Likely, BC. 8/4/14, Journal/Global News

Iraq Says It Has Retaken Mosul Dam. 8/18/14, Journal/New York Times
After American airstrikes, reports that Kurdish and Iraqi forces have retaken Mosul Dam.

Obama: Air strikes on Iraq dam 'to protect US interests'. 8/18/14, Journal/BBC News
President says failure of Mosul dam could put US embassy in Baghdad at risk.

Iraq crisis: How Islamic State could exploit the Mosul Dam. 8/13/14, Journal/BBC News
Islamic State (IS) militants take control of Mosul dam; Surrounding communities fear militants will use dam to implement flooding. US authorities claim dam is dangerous because of its unstable foundation.

This is what could happen if the Islamic State destroys the Mosul Dam. 8/8/14, Journal/Washington Post

United Kingdom
Retro: Floods that caused devastation to South Yorks. 8/12/14, Journal/The Star - UK
Summary of historic floods in the area, including the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 that killed 238.




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