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4/17/15

Latest Dam & Levee Safety News

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U.S.
NW lawmakers seeking talks on Columbia dam treaty 4/16/15, Spokesman Review (Spokane)
Lawmakers suggest negotiations with Canada on treaty regarding Columbia River operations.

Low-Lying Dams Drown Hundreds of Unsuspecting Victims. 4/15/15, The Associated Press
Over 400 deaths have occurred at low-head dams since the 1950s, more than 1/3 in three states: IA, MN, PA.

Ohio
ODNR sets limits for building on Buckeye Lake Dam. 4/15/15, Newark Advocate
Buckeye Lake residents receive letter outlining dock usage and building restrictions.

Virginia
VA Department of Conservation and Recreation says BRMC could have addressed, fixed Lake Powhatan dam problems as early as 2013. 4/14/15, Wdbj7 - Roanoke
Blue Ridge Mountains Council raises money to meet safety requirements at Lake Powhatan.
 
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U.S.
USDA Invests in Critical Dam Rehabilitation and Assessment Projects in 23 States. 4/6/15, Press Release: U.S. Department of Agriculture
$73 million to go toward dam rehabilitation and assessment in 23 states, including (number of projects): Ala. (11), Calif. (15), Colo. (2), Ga. (4), Kan. (1), Ky. (1), La. (1), Mass. (1), Minn. (7), Miss. (2), Neb. (8), Nev. (1), N.C. (8), Ohio (3), Okla. (18), Ore. (4), Pa. (12), S.C. (4), Texas (26), Utah (19), Va. (3), W.Va. (1) and Wyo. (1). For a full list of projects, click here.

Infrastructure. 3/1/15, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Humorous feature on urgent need for maintaining nation's infrastructure, including dams, and lack of action by policymakers. The full segment is available on YouTube.

California
New campaign of levee work planned along Sacramento River. 3/30/15, Sacramento Bee

Army Corps, California and SAFCA release draft plans for $1.46 billion in Sacramento levee work. 3/23/15, USACE Press Release

Historical Society starts letter-writing campaign for St. Francis Dam memorial. 3/29/15, Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Michigan
Dam projects get push from grant program 3/23/15, UpNorthLive.com
DNR Dam Management Grant Program awards $350,000 to dam rehab and removal projects in Allegan, Berrien, Crawford and Ontonagon counties.

Minnesota
Governor’s Jobs Bill Would Create 23,900 Minnesota Jobs. 4/8/15, Minnesota RealEstateRama
Governor proposes bill that would fund dam repair projects, including matching grants for dam repair in St. Cloud, Pelican Rapids, Norway Lake, and Canby counties.

Montana
Montana addresses mine waste after disaster in Canada. 3/23/15, Great Falls Tribune.

Nevada
Touring Hoover Dam is powerful experience. 3/28/15, Las Vegas Review Journal
Hoover Dam, which turns 80 this year, featured as Trip of the Week.

North Dakota
Emergency repair project on Tolna Dam starting soon. 3/26/15, Grand Forks Herald
ND State Water Commission to commence emergency repairs on leaking dam; cost estimated $60,000-$90,000. A 5' breach in the dam prompted temporary closure of a 10-mile stretch of State Highway 15.

Ohio
Bill now due from Buckeye Lake dam neglect 3/28/15, Columbus Dispatch
Gov. John Kasich announces new dam must be built and could around $150 million.

Buckeye Lake Village Council rescinds ODNR letter. 3/27/15, Buckeye Lake Beacon
Council votes to rescind letter urging ODNR to raise Buckeye Lake to summer pool.

ODNR hosts dam safety meeting. 3/26/15, Circleville Herald
State holds meeting to discuss dam safety with with local safety officials, residents and dam owners.

Building is banned along Buckeye Lake, but a tour illustrates what’s already done. 3/24/15, Columbus Dispatch
Ohio DNR has banned further construction or improvements on 177-year-old, 4.1-mile-long earthen dam; a video accompanying this story shows numerous houses and other structures that have been built into the dam over the years. Ohio's governor announced last week that the dam will be replaced.

Flash Flood Watch Lifted for Muskingum River. 3/24/15, The News Center - Parkersburg, WV
Erosion at McConnelsville Dam leads to Flash Flood Watch in mutiple counties.

Evacuation plans at Buckeye Lake get new priority. 3/22/15, Columbus Dispatch
Governor orders evacuation drills at Buckeye Lake after recent Corps report said dam in danger of failing.

Dam report creates flood of stories. 3/22/15, Columbus Dispatch
Editorial commentary on situation at Buckeye Lake.

Oregon
Warrenton dam will go, but how?. 3/26/15, Daily Astorian
Fate of significant-hazard Eighth Street Dam, a 52-year old watershed dam, to be decided at April meeting.

Tennessee
Kingsport backs TVA caution on dam repair. 4/6/15, Kingsport Times News
City officials support TVA's decision to maintain lower level of Boone Lake while it works to fix seepage issue.

TVA says Pickwick Dam not up to current earthquake standards. 4/1/15, Courieranywhere
Tests show that the hydraulic fill portion of the dam is susceptible to liquefaction during a significant seismic event; TVA is installing a time-domain reflectometry system and thermal imaging cameras to monitor the dam, and is working on rehabilitation plans.

Utah
Feds give Utah nearly $30 million to improve dams, increase water storage. 4/9/15, Deseret News
Utah will rehabilitate 19 dams after receiving nearly 41% of USDA watershed rehabilitation funding.

Vermont
State Says Dam Safety Too Often Unchecked. 4/12/15, VTDigger
If passed, bill would require dam owners to register their dams and pay anunal fee.

VT House allocates $495K for Guilford's Sweet Pond. 4/6/15, Brattleboro Reformer
Bill passes in House for restoration of Sweet Pond dam, which was drained in 2011.

Old dams get new scrutiny. 3/20/15, WCAX- VT
New bill would enable the state to control abandoned dams. Click here to view the bill as introduced.

West Virginia
Plan to expand slurry pond at Harrison mine worries locals. 3/26/15, The Exponent Telegram
Consolidation Coal seeks permit for raising Robinson Run (aka Harrison County) mine impoundment height by 70 feet; surface area by 103 acres; 51-day public comment period concluded March 7.

Wisconsin
Dam Safety Awareness Week. 4/8/15, WSAW - Wausau
April 5-11 declared Dam Safety Awarenes Week by Governor.

WPS supports Dam Safety Awareness Week 3/30/15, Upper Michigan Source
April 5-11 declared Dam Safety Awareness Week in Wisconsin; Public urged to follow safety precautions near dams.

Willow River lake to be drained amid concerns. 3/20/15, Pierce County Herald
Dam built in 1920s will be drawn down for evaluation due to age factors.

 

 

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