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Canada British Columbia
Dam Safety Review holds no surprises but highlights risks. 10/16/14, Nelson Daily
May 2014 report on HB Mine site Dam Safety Review cites areas of concern; August Mount Polley dam failure spurred inspection order from Ministry of Mines.

Hawaii votes on funding dam and reservoir repairs. 10/15/14, Save America's Infrastructure [ASCE Blog]
Voter approval of Amendment 5 would provide “special purpose revenue bonds” for dam maintenance and upgrades.

Dam open houses set for Oct. 28, 29. 10/18/14, Buckeye Lake Beacon
OH DNR and USACE will host open houses on Oct. 28-29 to share information on the ongoing assessment of Buckeye Lake Dam.

Indian Lake accepts award for dam remediation. 10/19/14, Daily American
ASDSO Northeast Regional Award of Merit presented to Indian Lake Borough Council.

Vermont infrastructure receives a C. 10/16/14, Burlington Free Press
Grade for dams stands at C, the same as in 2011. ASCE recommends state legislature reconsider a bill to establish dam registration procedure and fee.


For concrete, climate change may mean a shorter lifespan. 10/12/14, Journal/Boston Globe
Researchers from Northeastern University study lifespan of concrete infrastructure such as buildings, dams, and levees during temperature increases.

Study: After Dams Are Removed, Rivers Quickly Return To Normal. 10/10/14, Journal/
Researchers look at Rogue and Calapooia rivers (OR) before and after dam removal to monitor environmental impact.

Better prediction of mine and other collapse. 10/8/14, Journal/
Australian researchers developing formulas to better understand causes of collapse in dams, mines, and large infrastructure.

Students work to restore Strawberry Creek dams. 10/8/14, Journal/Daily Californian
Students at UC Berkeley replace dams with funding from campus Capital Renewal Committee and Green Initiative Fund.

State will seek aid for study of aging dams on Long Pond, Bush Pond 10/2/14, Journal/The Day- New London
Hydrological study for dams estimated at $15,000.

Pflueger sentenced to 7 months in prison for Ka Loko dam breach. 10/15/14, KITV-TV (ABC)

Pflueger showed no remorse for Kauai dam breach, victim testified. 10/15/14, Hawaii Reporter
Court testimony of Bruce Fehring during sentencing of owner of Ka Loko dam, which failed March 14, 2006.

Pflueger in court for Ka Loko dam sentencing. 10/15/14, KHON2 News

Pflueger sends inflammatory letter to victim of Kauai dam breach. 10/14/14, Hawaii Reporter

Northern Indiana Residents Will Appeal DNR Dam Repair Order. 10/15/14, Indiana Public Media
Hidden Hill residents assert that six dams do not fall under state jurisdiction.

DNR: Fix dams or face $10,000 a day fines. 10/13/14, Kokomo Tribune
Dam owners could be fined up to $10,000/day if listed deficiencies not addressed by month's end. Owners assert that the six dams do not fall under state jurisdiction since they were built before current state dam safety regulations passed.

Fix it or pay: Peru residents forced to repair ‘eroding’ dams. 10/14/14, Fox 59- Indianapolis
IN DNR directs owners of six dams to have them evaluated by end of month or face stiff fines.

Original deeds cited in argument that O'Neal Lake must be restored . 10/14/14, Gaylord Herald Times
O’Neal Lake dam failed Sept. 7; some residents maintain that original lake deed requires its restoration.

Contractor pays for dam damage 10/6/14, Journal/Traverse City Record Eagle
Contractor responsible for flooding during dam removal to pay $300,000 in claims.

DEQ discovers source of O'Neal Lake Dam leak 10/1/14, Journal/
Leak believed to have originated from beneath retaining wall at O'Neal Lake Dam.

Coon Rapids dam rehab nearly done. 10/7/14, Journal/Minneapolis Star Tribune
$16 million gate replacement and rehab almost finished at Coon Rapids Dam.

Dam's rating goes from worst to best. 10/10/14, Journal/Daily American Republic
Clearwater Dam moves from DSAC 1 ranking to DSAC 4 after $210 million rehab.

Tragic flood scars landscape, people of northcentral Montana. 10/11/14, Journal/Great Falls Tribune
A look at lingering impacts of Two Medicine and Swift dam failures of July 8, 1964.

Financial assistance helps family improve land. 10/15/14, Midwest Producer
Small dam that failed in 2010 has been replaced with assistance from USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program and NRCS Beginning Farmer and Rancher program.

New Jersey
Bill to provide $1.25M loan to fix Honey Lake Dam in Hopewell is headed to Gov. Christie's desk. 9/22/14, Trenton Times
On 9/22, NJ Senate approved bill to provide $22.5 million in loans for 14 dam projects, including $1.25 million for Honey Lake Dam. Funding source is bond money, recirculated from repayments of previous loans made under a revolving loan program established in 2003.

New York
Governor Cuomo Announces $2 Million for Statewide Dam Inspections and Upgrades. 10/6/14, Journal/Press Release - Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo
Funding includes $1 million for inspection of state-owned dams and $1 million for site-specific dams.

Rhode Island
How would Scituate Reservoir dam fare in an earthquake?. 10/2/14, Journal/Providence Journal
Professor at University of Rhode Island studies vulnerability of Gainer Memorial Dam during earthquake.

District launches online Addicks and Barker construction story map. 10/2/14, Journal/DVIDS
Social media and mapping technologies used to keep track of construction at Addicks and Barker dams.

DNR plans to remove small Marquette County dam. 10/2/14, Journal/Portage Daily Register
Kihn Dam faces removal after multiple high water incidents.



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