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Should Des Moines get rid of its dams?. 9/1/15, Des Moines Register
City considers removing two downtown low-head dams for creation of water trails. Recreational use of the the Des Moines River between the two is banned, as 15 people have drowned at the Center Street dam. The Iowa DNR has initiated a program to eliminate or modify dangerous low-head dams, with 13 projects complete.

North Carolina
Woodlake owners taking proactive approach to repair dam. 8/31/15, Fayetteville Observer
Work to address cracks in the dam and a void in the principal spillway to begin in October; estimated repair costs: $2 million.

Army Corps of Engineers awards $71.9 million contract to rehabilitate Addicks and Barker Dams. 8/31/15, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (press release)
USACE's Galveston District has awarded a $71,902,340 contract to Granite Construction Company for construction of new outlet structures at the Addicks and Barker Dams in west Houston. Work is expected to begin in September 2015 with an estimated completion date of summer 2019. The two dams and reservoirs have protected the Houston metropolitan area for more than 70 years, and have prevented more than $8 billion in potential flood damages. It is estimated that more than $2 billion in potential flood damages were prevented during the May 2015 flood event alone.

4.3 earthquake near Grand Coulee Dam. 9/1/15, My Northwest
Area roughly 21 miles north of Grand Coulee shaken by quake on 9/1; no damages reported.


U.S. & International

No one is ready for the next Katrina. 8/27/15, Wired

Post-Katrina flood damage resulted from Corps of Engineers' errors, was preventable. 8/26/15, Homeland Security Newswire
Missouri S&T researchers say Katrina disaster could have been prevented had the USACE retained an external review board to double-check its flood-wall designs.

A Decade after Disaster, Army Corps Touts Infrastructure Improvements. 8/25/15, WWNO - University of New Orleans

10 Years After Katrina, Will California’s Capital Be The Next New Orleans?. 8/24/15, Climate Progress
In-depth look at levee safety in the nation, with emphasis on the California Delta.

America has a dam problem. 8/21/15, CNBC
California dam safety personnel interviewed in this report from Calaveras Dam construction site that examines the challenges of rehabilitating the nation's dams, including high costs and environmental concerns.

MSU Faculty Research Shows California Levees’ Vulnerability. 8/25/15, Press Release - Mississippi State University
Researchers at Mississippi State and University of California, Irvine study the threats that ongoing extreme drought poses on California’s levee systems. They hypothesize that the drought's continuation will accelerate the ongoing land subsidence in California's Central Valley - currently as much as 2 inches per month - and propose that design and monitoring guidelines may need to be modified to ensure resilient infrastructure against extreme events under a changing climate.

Dams pose a danger to nearby residents. 8/11/15, Des Moines Register
Letter to the editor expresses need for Congress to allocate more funding for dam safety.

New NSF EPSCoR Grant Focused on the Future of Dams in New England. 8/10/15, Press Release - University of New Hampshire
A new $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program will fund a four-year study examining the future of dams in New England.

New Zealander who was last WWII 'Dambuster' pilot dies at 96. 8/4/15, The Associated Press

Death to a deadbeat dam. 8/2/15, Alaska Dispatch
Eklutna River Dam, built in 1929, may soon be removed.


Why California is demolishing the San Clemente Dam. 8/20/15, CNBC

San Clemente Dam teardown work begins. 8/4/15, Monterey Herald
$84 million removal project is largest of its kind in state history.

Rep. Steve Knight Holds St. Francis Dam Disaster, Castaic Wilderness Press Conference. 8/4/15, KHTS News
California representative holds press conference to present H.R. 3153, the Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial and Castaic Wilderness Act, which was introduced in the CA House of Representatives 7/22/15.

Diver Luke Seabrook died after Nova Scotia Power dam gate left open, brother says. 7/29/15, CBC - Toronto
Diver killed after becoming trapped in partially open gate.

Work under way to diagnose trouble at Grizzly Reservoir . 8/16/15, Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Fixing 'moving' dam near Kremmling could cost $15M. 7/31/15, Aspen Journalism
Plan to stop movement of Ritschard Dam (Wolford Reservoir) involves removing top 25 ft of 122-ft-high dam.

Mecca Man Jumps In Water And Has To Be Rescued By Conservation Officer. 8/3/15, MIX FM News
State Conservation Officer uses rope to resue 18 year-old man from top of low-head dam spanning Raccoon Creek in Bridgeton. Teen may face misdemeanor charge.

After 5 dry years, excitement builds in Lake Delhi. 8/10/15, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Officials expect new dam to be completed in the fall.

Update: Rescuers find body of missing canoeist in Green River. 8/10/15, WBKO - Bowling Green
42 year-old man had gone over dam at Lock 5.

Crane Lake draw down underway. 8/15/15, Daily Journal

Crane Lake draw down necessary for engineering evaluation. 8/12/15, Daily Journal Online

New Hampshire
NH communities debate aging infrastructure. 8/15/15, New Hampshire Union Leader

New Jersey
County, Fredon family seek clarification on dam lawsuit. 8/6/15, New Jersey Herald

County Must Share in Dam Safety Costs, Appeals Court Rules. 7/29/15, New Jersey Law Journal

NJ Court Says County On Hook For Dam Repairs. 7/29/15, Law 360
NJ DEP wins appeal regarding disputed ownerships of Kincaid Lake, Sterling Lake, and Basgalore Lake dams.

New York
Department of Environmental Protection resumes normal operations at Cannonsville Reservoir. 8/2/15, Press Release - New York City DEP
Releases from Cannonsville Reservoir will be reduced to normal levels after repairs halted the turbid discharge below Cannonsville Dam. The decision to resume normal operations at the reservoir – made in consultation with FERC engineers – comes after weeks of testing and continual monitoring that proved the dam is safe, stable and uncompromised by the cloudy seepage that began three weeks ago.

Hundreds turn out for ODNR dam update. 8/28/15, Buckeye Lake Beacon
Over 400 attend meeting on Buckeye Lake dam.

ODNR: Buckeye Lake water levels may be low until 2019. 8/26/15, Newark Advocate

ODNR: One sinkhole could cause a dam failure. 8/25/15, Newark Advocate
Seepage at Buckeye Lake Dam reduced since water level reduced; Ohio DNR to host open house to answer questions about remediation.

Summer rains expose problems with dam. 8/6/15, Pickerington Times-Sun
DNR tells town to fix Windmiller Pond dam after outlet works clog, causing pond to overflow in June and July.

As Midwest dams reach end of life, soaked states can't handle repair costs. 7/31/15, National Public Radio

DEP advises on Hershey Mill Dam and Milltown Dam. 8/23/15, Daily Local
Community must decide whether to remove or upgrade dams. Estimated costs for Milltown Dam: removal - $700,000 to $850,000; reinforcement: $500,000 to $550,000.

Palmer Township to begin cracking down on illegal swimming near Bushkill Creek dam. 8/6/15, Allentown Morning Call
Police to patrol area around Bushkill Creek dam after state Fish and Boat Commission advises township officials of their authority to issue citations for swimming within 100 ft above or 50 ft below the dam.

Sullivan Co. man charged with terroristic threat against Boone Dam. 8/2/15, WCBY News 5
Man threatened to blow up dam unless TVA raised water levels in Boone Lake.

Reports show dam repairs similar to Boone take years to complete. 7/31/15, WJHL - Bristol
Issues at Boone Dam compared to Center Hill (TN), Wolf Creek (KY), Tims Ford, and Bear Creek (AL).

Utah's Miniature Dams Model the World's Water Future. 8/18/15, Utah Public Radio
Utah Water Research Lab builds design models for dams worldwide.

On Wisconsin: Low water brings debate, muck and pressure. 8/2/15, Wisconsin State Journal
State DNR says village of Friendship violated state statute by selling 1850s-era Friendship Lake hydro dam to private owner.



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