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Corps: US falling behind on waterway levees, dams. 12/10/14, San Jose Mercury News
Corps looking at alternative ways to finance infrastructure rehab such as dams and levees.

Geotechnical inspections pinpoint concerns at mine dams: documents. 12/11/14, Vancouver Sun
Company will remove portion of 70,000 trees on tailings dam due to safety concern.

Risk Associated With Dam Failures Grows in Oklahoma, But Safety Funding Lags. 12/11/14, StateImpact Oklahoma
Yohanes Sugeng of OK Water Resources Board summarizes reclassification effort of dams in the state.


Emergency plan will address dam concerns at Oak Mountain State Park. 11/10/14, Journal/
Shelby County to pay for development of EAPs for five dams at Oak Mountain State Park; will employ an engineering firm to that purpose this week.

Alaska, B.C. cooperate quietly on transboundary issues. 11/13/14, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Proposed KSM mine in British Columbia is near the headwaters of the Unuk River; concerns have been raised about potential downstream impacts on Alaska, particularly in light of the August 2014 Mount Polley tailings dam failure.

Tempe plans two-year warranty on 50-year dam. 12/2/14, AZ
Town Lake Dam repairs expected to be complete by next December.

Highway 99 reopens after flooding caused by levee break. 12/4/14, KRCRTV-  Redding
Evacuations occur after levee break between Red Bluff and Los Molinos.

BC Hydro offers to buy 11 homes downstream of Jordan River dam. 12/5/14, CBC - Toronto
In lieu of seismic risk to dams near Jordan River BC offers offers to buy houses in path of dam.

B.C. takes steps to post dam safety reports online. 12/2/14, Vancouver Sun
Canadian government awards contract to company to create public webpage of reports on Mount Polley tailings dam failure.

An Engineer's Idea to Prevent Future Mount Polleys. 11/20/14, The Tyee - British Columbia
Geotechnical engineer says peer review key in safety.

Mount Polley expert panel calls for public submissions into dam collapse. 11/15/14, Vancouver Sun
B.C. government-appointed expert engineering panel invites public submissions on the cause of Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley tailings dam collapse; written information on cause, potential management issues will be accepted until Dec. 7.

Officials stress communication at dam emergency plan meeting. 12/9/14, Wareham Week
Local Emergency Planning Committee holds meeting to discuss emergency preparedness in the event of failure at Mill Pond Dam.

Report: Conowingo Dam not major threat to bay. 11/13/14, Delmarva Now
State/federal agencies to release report on effects of Conowingo Dam sediment buildup on Chesapeake Bay.

DNR gathering info for O'Neal Lake dam repair 12/9/14, Petoskey News-Review
Firm to determine most effective way of repairing O'Neal Lake Dam after its failure in Sept.

Enviro group hits “irresponsible” cuts, turns to Baker. 11/20/14, WWLP 22News - Michigan
State's Office of Dam Safety budget reduced by $549,000.

Engineers give Montana low grade for infrastructure 11/18/14, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Dams receive C- grade in latest ASCE report card.

Dangerous diversion dam is No. 1 priority for possible state funding. 11/24/14, NBC - Montana
Diversion dam on Bitterroot River on list of grant requests for rehabiliation. A child drowned at the dam while boating in 2013.

New Jersey
Judge sides with utility on repairs to Woodcliff Lake dam. 12/5/14,

North Carolina
State Improves Dam Response Effort 11/27/14, North Carolina News Network (NCNN)
Web-based tool will enable dam owners in NC to upload emergency action plans.

Last known Hoover Dam construction worker has died. 11/20/14, Boulder City Review

New Jersey
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP: Group gets $1.25m loan to fix dam At Honey Lake. 12/3/14, /Hopewell Valley News
$1.25 million loan to be used to repair dam at Honey Lake. This comes after legislation for $22.5 million in dam repair loans was passed earlier this year.

Christie signs bill allocating $22.5M for repairs to Passaic River dam, other projects. 11/14/14, Journal/
Money from state’s Dam, Lake and Stream Project Revolving Loan Fund to pay for 14 dam have increased to average of one per week.

North Carolina
Coal ash emergency plans arrive ahead of schedule. 12/5/14, WRAL TV- Raleigh
State uses new online portal for EAP submittal.

Councilmen accuse mayor of manipulating dam studies. 11/14/14, Fremont News Messenger

Oregon senator pushes Klamath dams bill. 11/13/14, Eureka Times Standard
Bill would allow removal of dams on Klamath River to restore fish habitat; help farmers and ranchers.

South Carolina
Sheriff's Office says Langley Dam is stable. 12/9/14, WRDW - Augusta
After potential leak discovered in Nov., Langley Dam now stable.

Langley Dam update issued. 11/21/14, Augusta Chronicle
After leak at Langley Dam, siphoning system used to aid in drawdown.

UPDATE: Langley Dam leak monitoring continues to find cause. 11/14/14, WRDW - Augusta

Flash flood watch in effect because of Langley Dam leak 11/13/14, Aiken Standard

TVA: still no cause known for Boone Lake seepage. 11/20/14, WJHL - Bristol
Drilling underway to determine cause of seepage.

Powhatan Secondary road threatened by dam failure 12/9/14, Virginian Gazette
Dam fails along Rennick Pond; integrity of flooded road unknown.

Emergency repairs to Skagit River levee as storm approaches 12/9/14, KIRO Seattle
Levee damaged during Friday storm.

Water to rise behind damaged dam in December 11/19/14, Yakima Herald-Republic
After crack discovered at Wanapum Dam in February, water levels to rise again in December.

Wyoming dam construction plans advance. 12/9/14, WyoFile
Legislators to vote on $12 million bill that would help build more dams and reservoirs.



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