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.
A threat to public safety?. 3/11/15, Weld for Birmingham
Public concern grows over Oak Mountain State Park’s aging dams, particularly in light of the state's lack of dam safety laws and regulations.
Canadian disaster raises alarm about shaky U.S. dams. 3/18/15, BuzzFeed
U.S. tailings dam safety examined in light of findings from Mount Polley failure.
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.
Montana addresses mine waste after disaster in Canada. 3/23/15, Great Falls Tribune.
Dam in remote state park needs repairs. 3/6/15, Albuquerque Journal
NM legislature is considering a bill to rehabilitate high hazard potential Morphy Lake Dam. SB340, introduced by Sen. Pete Campos, would appropriate $2.8 million for rebuilding and raising the dam, enlarging the spillway, and replacing the steel wheel that controls the flow of water from the lake.
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.
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.
Kasich Commits to Replacing Buckeye Lake Dam. 3/19/15, Press Release - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Governor John Kasich, in a meeting with state and local officials and first responders, announced that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will immediately begin work to replace Buckeye Lake Dam. A recent report released March 11 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers outlined serious structural deficiencies with the dam as well as options for reducing the risk to public safety posed by a catastrophic failure. ODNR will immediately begin the necessary permitting and design work. The governor stressed that the safety of the people who live and work in the inundation zone will continue to be prioritized throughout this process. ODNR Director James Zehringer indicated that the State was prepared to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as soon as possible.
Buckeye Lake dam danger prompts preschool to close. 3/19/15, Columbus Dispatch
Preschool located 300 ft from Buckeye Lake closes because of safety concerns at dam.
Evacuation plan developed for Buckeye Lake breach. 3/16/15, Newark Advocate
Report on Buckeye Lake Dam Released. 3/11/15, Press Release - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued its report to ODNR which is a review of past reports and existing conditions and recommendations for interim risk reduction measures, operation and maintenance at Buckeye Lake Dam. Available at this link: the full USACE report, a fact sheet about USACE's findings, and a link to the Buckeye Lake Dam Risk Reduction project page.
Annual closure of Buckeye Lake spillway delayed while dam studied. 3/9/15, Columbus Dispatch
Conservancy district 100 years old. 3/8/15, Piqua Daily Call
June 28, 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Miami Conservancy District. The MCD was created following the devastating floods of 1913; its system of dams and levees protects thousands of people and properties today.
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.
Los Frailes mine - which caused one of Spain’s worst environmental disasters - to reopen in Andalucía 17 years later. 3/2/15, The News Hub
Final concrete placements complete Center Hill Dam barrier wall. 3/17/15, DVIDS Press Release
USACE Nashville District completes $115 million foundation barrier wall, a key component and second of three phases of the Center Hill Dam Safety Remediation Project.
Reliability of Austin's Longhorn Dam in question. 3/9/15, KVUE News - Austin
Gates at Longhorn Dam in need of attention; Engineers recommend $14.2 million dollars for repairs or $17 million for replacement.
Aging dams, forecasted drought discussed at day 1 of water conference. 3/17/15, Deseret News
In his keynote speech for the Utah Water Users Association spring workshop, former USBR Commissioner Robert Johnson expressed concern over funding shortages for USBR's dam safety and WaterSmart programs.
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.
Grants available for dam and floodplain projects. 3/12/15, Press Release - Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Dam owners and local governments can apply for $500,000 in grants available from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund. Grants can be used to develop dam break inundation zone analysis, mapping and digitization; emergency action plans; incremental damage analysis; and engineering costs related to dam repairs; for flood warning and response systems; and to improve various local floodplain programs.
Maintenance, repairs to close dams on Columbia, Snake rivers. 3/10/15, Spokesman Review (Spokane)
Maintenance to begin on Bonneville, Dalles, John Day, McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, and Lower Granite dams in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
Canada - British Columbia
New rules for tailings ponds based on findings from Mount Polley collapse. 3/19/15, 570 News
After Mount Polley failure last year, "new rules say mining firms must consider the possibility of a tailings disaster and evaluate the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of an accident."
MAC strikes an independent task force to review its tailings management program. 3/17/15, Press Release - Mining Association of Canada
In light of the August 2014 Mount Polley tailings breach, the Mining Association of Canada has commissioned an independent, multi-stakeholder expert task force to review its tailings management requirements.