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Updated 9/12/14

Latest Dam & Levee Safety News

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Nebraska
Recent flooding exposed big problem, official says. 9/11/14, Journal/KETV - Omaha
(Video) Dams near the Papio-Missouri River reach maximum capacity after flooding this week.

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U.S./Canada
Political fallout from Mount Polley mine spill may come from U.S.. 9/4/14, Vancouver Sun
Following Mount Polley tailings dam failure, an Alaska-based coalition has hasked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to invoke Boundary Waters Treaty to prevent future events resulting in adverse transboundary effects. Terms of the 1909 treaty are enforced by the International Joint Commission.


Failed dam subject to fewer outside inspections. 9/9/14, Prince George Citizen
"Significant hazard potential" rating of Mount Polley tailings dam resulted in fewer inspections of facility than of other structures in B.C. as scale encompasses rankings of Extreme, Very High, High, Significant, and Low. Prior to August 4 collapse, most recent dam safety review occurred in 2006, with next scheduled in 2016.

California
California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more? 9/3/14, Journal/San Jose Mercury News
History of dam construction in California and reasons why it has decreased.

Shaken and stirred in California's recent earthquake - How seismic events can make drought impacts worse . 9/1/14, High Country News
No structural damages found in dams, canals, and levees following 9/24 earthquake. Research studies indicate Delta levees highly vulnerable to catastrophic failure and that drought could contribute to quake activity as aquifers are depleted.

Iowa
Storms cause power outages, flooding in central Iowa. 9/1/14, Des Moines Register
Failure of farm dam in Denison, Crawford County, floods IA 39; officials monitoring another dam near IA 141.


Maryland
Duckett Dam was operated responsibly during heavy rainstorm [Commentary]. 9/9/14, Baltimore Sun
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission CEO responds to charges of misoperation of Duckett Dam in April-May 2014.

Laurel officials, businesses say WSSC should pay for Duckett Dam’s flood damage. 9/8/14, Washington Post
City officials and some business owners want Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to pay for damages caused by opening dam's seven flood gates during heavy rains on April 30-May 1, 2014. WSSC said rapid release necessary due to the possibility of overtopping and erosion around a supportting buttress. A similar release in January 2013 resulted in one drowning.

Massachusetts
Marshfield, Scituate receive $8M for seawall repairs. 9/3/14, Journal/Wicked Local - Marshfield
Towns receive funding from Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund as result of EEA Environmental Bond signing last month.


Massachusetts to Fund Upgrades for Dams, Coastal Seawalls. 9/2/14, Journal/Claims Journal

Michigan
Dam failure in Emmet County, water levels being reduced . 9/9/14, Up North Live
O'Neal Lake Dam in Upper Peninsula fails during heavy rains; no significant damages. State will draw down lake for inspection.

New York
EXCLUSIVE: Investigation into protecting the city's water supply. 9/10/14, Journal/WABC - New York
After ISIS took contol of Mosul Dam last month, security measures examined at U.S. dams.

North Carolina
Two coal ash dams in Lumberton 'high hazard', says state. 9/3/14, Journal/Fayetteville Observer


Ohio
Lake White water level dropping to repair leaky dam. 9/2/14, Columbus Dispatch
Rt. 104 closed, boats removed from Lake White as reservoir lowered to remove pressure from leaking 75-year old HHP dam.

Cause sought in Lake White Dam leak. 8/30/14, Chillicothe Gazette
OH DNR lowers 337-acre Lake White by 3 feet after high seepage levels detected during routine inspection. [7 photos of leaking dam]


Tennessee
TVA inspecting dam that could be vulnerable to large earthquake. 9/10/14, Journal/AL.com
Pickwick Dam to be inspected earlier than usual; This news came after small earthquake occured in northweast Alabama earlier in the week.

Washington
First anchors installed in Wanapum Dam repair. 9/10/14, Journal/Houston Chronicle
Repairs begin at Wanapum Dam after cracking discovered in February; Costs estimated at $69 million.

Demolish a Giant Dam? 9/3/14, Journal/Slate
Summary of Elwha River dam removal (video).

 

 

 

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