Press Room & News

5/22/15

Latest Dam & Levee Safety News

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LATEST UPDATES

U.S.
Accused of Spying for China, Until She Wasn’t. 5/9/15, New York Times
How espionage charges came to be filed against a USGS hydrologist, arrested in her Wilmington, Ohio office In October 2014. Federal prosecutors dropped all charges on March 10.

Ohio
Spillway repairs taking shape 5/21/15, Bellefontaine Examiner
$8 million rehab project expected to begin at Indian Lake dam next year.

New York
Safety engineer gives Cattaraugus County dams high marks 5/21/15, Olean Times Herald
New EAPs being prepared for dams in Cattaragus County.

Vermont
State approves restoration of Guilford's Sweet Pond. 5/20/15, Brattleboro Reformer
Bill approved containing $495,000 for Sweet Pond Dam rehabiliation after drawdown of its pond in 2011.
 

MORE NEWS

U.S.
Dangerous dams creating a lot of concern. 5/16/15, Springfield News-Sun
A look at the continuing pattern of tragic accidents at low-head dams in the U.S.

Arizona
Arizona Earns C on Infrastructure Report Card. 5/13/15, Arizona Public Media
Dams and Levees each receive grades of C-. Article includes link to full report card: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/arizona/arizona-overview/

California
Dam repairs on the horizon. 5/8/15, Alpenhorn News
State approves drainage system replacement for 77-year-old Lake Gregory Dam. Est. cost of two-phase project: $11M.

Cameroon
Cameroon: Lom Pangar Dam to be monitored with drones. 5/20/15, Business in Cameroon
Bids solicited for new hydroelectric dam “with the aim to recruit a provider of remote surveillance using drones along the Lom Pangar Dam’s security perimeter. “

Colorado
Discovery of clay in pipes prompts erosion worries. 5/14/15, Durango Herald
City officials investigating drainage system at Roger's Reservoir Dam; set aside $300K for repairs.

Indiana
Aging Indiana dams prompt concerns of ‘catastrophic collapse’. 4/30/15, WISH-TV - Indianapolis
Many dams in the state built during the 1950s and 60s reaching age limit; DNR holds workshop to educate dam owners and emergency responders.

Maine
King Presses for Reforms to Hydroelectric Dam Permitting Process. 5/19/15, Press Release - Office of U.S. Senator Angus King
U.S. Sen. Angus King has introduced the Small Hydropower Dependable Regulatory Order (Small HyDRO) Act of 2015, which would streamline the licensing process for small hydroelectric dams and relicensed dams by requiring the FERC to decide on a license application within 180 days.

Massachusetts
From The Republican archive: 1874 dam break brought heroics, death. 5/16/15, Springfield Republican
Account of the failure of the Williamsburg Reservoir Dam and Mill River Flood of May 16, 1874, and resulting state dam safety legislation. (Photos)

Michigan
Eaton Rapids man works to bring back rapids by removing dam. 5/3/15, Lansing State Journal
Community raises money to keep Eaton Rapids dam from being removed; Estimated cost of repairs $85,000 to $90,000.

Minnesota
MMSD, Milwaukee council pressed to weigh in on Estabrook dam removal. 5/4/15, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Deteriorating 1930's era dam may be removed (est. cost: $1.7M) or rehabilitated (est. cost: $4.3M).

Missouri
County officials update hazard mitigation plan. 5/15/15, Columbia Tribune
Dam and levee safety figure prominently in Boone County hazard mitigation plan; past dam failures have raised awareness of potential hazard. Story includes links to hazard mitigation plans.

Montana
Sound dams aim of 30-year-old law. 5/18/15, Great Falls Tribune
May 31 marks the 30th anniversary of Montana's Dam Safety Act. Montana Water Operations Bureau Chief Laurence Siroky discusses the history and impacts of the state dam safety program.

Nepal
Nepal’s Dangerous Dams. 4/30/15, The New Yorker
Number of dams built in earthquake zone continues to grow; Workers killed at Rasuwagadhi hydropower dam site as a result of earthquake in Nepal.



North Carolina
High-hazard dam in Fayetteville neighborhood needs $250,000 in repairs. 5/10/15, Fayetteville Observer
Fayetteville dam must be brought into compliance or breached.

Ohio
Building a new foundation for Buckeye Lake. 5/18/15, Press Release - Office of Ohio State Senator Jay Hottinger
State Senator Hottinger joins Governor Kasich and OH DNR Director Zehringer in supporting a $150 million state plan to replace the dam within next 3 to 5 years.

State: Work on Buckeye Lake dam could begin sooner. 5/1/15, Columbus Dispatch
Construction at Buckeye Lake dam expected to begin next summer.

Oklahoma
Dam breach threat continues in Shawnee. 5/10/15, KTUL - Tulsa
Red Cross opens shelter to community threatened by dam breach.

Oregon
Dams in Sauk Valley pretty, dangerous. 5/20/15, Sauk Valley.com
At least 10 lives claimed at Kiwanis Park dam; IDNR is installing warning buoys and signage.

Tennessee
Ceremony marks completion of Center Hill Dam barrier wall. 5/19/15, USACE Press Release
Ceremony marks completion of a $115 million foundation barrier wall in the main dam embankment of Center Hill Dam. The barrier wall is a key component of the USACE Nashville District’s Center Hill Dam Safety Remediation Project.

Texas
Hundreds of Texas dams at risk of failure. 5/13/15, WFAA-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth
A look at dam safety in Texas, including inspection frequency, program funding and legislation.

USACE Galveston District to host dam safety workshop. 5/11/15, USACE Press Release
USACE Galveston District hosts Corps project managers at Dam Safety Modification Studies Workshop. The purpose of the meeting is to share lessons learned and best management practices in order to improve program and project execution and report quality for dam safety studies throughout the Corps.

The Addicks and Barker Dams Won’t Fail, Right? Right?! 5/6/15, Houstonia Magazine
This fall the USACE will begin a 3-year outlet works project at Addicks and Barker dams; cost est: $75 - $100M.

Vermont
3 Vermont towns vote to replace broken dam. 5/20/15, The Associated Press
In bid to retain lakefront property values, the towns of Thetford, Fairlee, and West Fairlee plan to assume ownership of Lake Fairlee Dam and commence $850,000 project.

Virginia
Most dams lack emergency action plan. 5/19/15, RVA News
A look at dam safety in Virginia, including statistics and recommendations for improvements.

Engineer to give presentation on 1924 Muck Dam failure in Saltville . 5/15/15, SWVA Today
ASDSO member and Virginia dam safety engineer Tom Roberts made presentation at Museum of the Middle Appalachians on May 17.

Washington
Cowlitz River Dams Built to Withstand Most Earthquakes. 5/12/15, Centralia Chronicle
Testing shows Cowlitz River dams can withstand seismic activity with ground acceleration at 0.15g.

 

 

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