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

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.

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

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

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

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.


Global Boom in Dams Could Mean Biodiversity Bust, Scientists Warn. 11/2/14, NBC News
3,700 large hydroelectric dams currently under construction or being planned worldwide; the majority in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Scenes of Yesteryear [History of Tainter Gates]. 11/1/14, The Dunn County News
Column on the history and use of tainter gates, patented in the late 1880s by Captain Jeremiah B. Tainter of Menomonie, Wisconsin.

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.

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

Engineering firm lands $1.5-million contract to probe Mount Polley mine spill. 11/7/14, Journal/Vancouver Sun
BC government awards $1.5-million one-year contract for Mount Polley tailings dam failure investigation.

Hawaii voters give nod to bonds for dam owners. 11/5/14, KITV-TV (ABC)
Voters approve amendment to float bonds for dam repairs (63% for, 23% against, 8% uncommitted).

Art students from SEJH create Coralville Dam safety mural. 10/31/14, Iowa City Press Citizen
In partnership with USACE, junior high students paint mural promoting public safety at low head dams on Coralville 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.

Dam failure raises questions for state waterways. 11/4/14, Great Lakes Echo
Decisions to be made on aging Michigan dams. O'Neal Lake dam failed in September; state currently removing Boardman Dam and plans are underway for removal of Otsego, Trowbridge, Hamilton, and Sabin dams.

Remove or revive? Dakota County aims to update old dams. 11/4/14, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota's legislature has marked $6.5M for dam removal, repair and rehabilitation. Dam removals

New Jersey
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.

New York
Rehab of Gilboa Dam completed. 11/1/14, Mid-Hudson News

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

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

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

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

Upgrade of dams to start next spring, says official. 11/4/14, Houston Chronicle
USACE will soon replace outlets at Addicks and Barker dams; project expected to take about 3 years. USACE classified the two earthen dams as "extremely high risk" in 2009 due to voids in their foundations.



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