Press Room & News

Updated 4/17/14

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.


Simpson County Community Cleans Up After Dam Breach. 4/16/14, Journal/WJTV - Mississippi
High hazard dam incident prompts discussion on maintenance of private dams.

North Carolina
Ruling allows Hope Mills to pursue negligence suit against dam builder. 4/17/14, Journal/Fayetteville Observer

Gov. McCrory proposes closing, converting 33 coal ash ponds 4/16/14, Journal/Greensboro News & Record
After pipe break under coal ash basin two months ago, governor proposes closing or converting coal ash ponds.

Pennsylvania/New York
Floods affecting northeastern dams, hydropower plants. 4/16/14, Journal/HydroWorld
Rain and snow melt cause flooding, affect dams.


Safety group urges Alabama to create inspection program for unregulated dams across state. 4/15/14, Journal/Daily Journal
During news conference in AL, ASDSO urges state to create dam safety program.

NASA Radar Watches Over California's Aging Levees. 4/1/14, Journal/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) captures soil movement at levees.

U.S. Army Corps eases up on its stance against trees on levees. 3/24/14, Journal/Fresno Bee
Local agencies will no longer be disqualified for federal aid if they do not meet vegetation maintenance criteria.

New Report Card for Illinois’ Infrastructure Shows Progress. 4/2/14, Journal/ASCE
Dams get C grade in latest state infrastructure report card.

Northern Michigan dam fails, section of U.S. 127 could flood. 4/15/14, Journal/
Dam fails near Roscommon Township.

New Jersey
Bridgeton gets FEMA cash for Sunset Lake dam work; Heavy rains, flooding caused failure in 2011. 4/4/14, Daily Journal
FEMA grants $2.9M to repair Sunset Lake Raceway Dam in Bridgeton. The dam was breached during heavy rains in August 2011.

The List: Ten Unexpected Disasters That Could Affect New Jersey. 3/31/14, Journal/NJ Spotlight
A list of scenarios that could create problems for the state if they were to occur, including dam and levee failures.

Hamilton, Atlantic County delay dam report 3/22/14, Journal/Press of Atlantic City
Repairs at high-hazard Lake Lenape Dam expected to cost $1 million this year.

New Mexico
Hundreds of earthen dams pose dangers across state. 4/12/14, Journal/Santa Fe New Mexican
City officials work to increase public awareness of dams in the area.

North Carolina
Coal ash issue took years to reach breaking point. 4/6/14, Greensboro News & Record
Kingston spill of December 2008 raised widespread alarm over condition of coal ash impoundments.

Duke Energy Cited for Significant Crack in Cape Fear Coal Ash Dam. 4/1/14, Journal/Power Magazine

State Regulators Cite Duke Energy for Dam Deficiencies at Cape Fear Plant . 3/28/14, Press Release - NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Citation issued for crack in an earthen dam that Duke had repaired after recent state approval of an emergency response plan. Dam Safety personnel said the company’s emergency repairs to the dam were sufficient to prevent a possible dam failure, but called on the company to complete comprehensive engineering reports and plans and provide those to DENR by April 7 for state approval and to submit an EAP.

Dam legislation enacted; will create new model to calculate safety requirements. 4/3/14, Lynchburg News and Advance
Governor signs bill requiring state to develop a new model to calculate the PMP.

Dam owners get a reprieve ... of sorts. 3/22/14, Journal/Roanoke Times
Bill allows owners to wait until PMP study is complete before making modifications to dams.

Possible causes of Wanapum Dam crack narrowed. 4/10/14, Journal/Spokesman Review (Spokane)
PUD says water pressure may have contributed to crack at Wanapum Dam.

Wisconsin Public Service Promotes Dam Safety 4/11/14, Journal/Northwoods Radio - Tomahawk

Kariba Dam wall faces collapse. 3/20/14, Journal/NewsDay Zimbabwe




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