The Journal of Dam Safety

ASDSO's Journal of Dam Safety, first published in Spring 2003, provides opportunities to share lessons learned and technology related to dams and levees. The Journal is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.

Each issue includes technical and/or policy articles (typically three), a training calendar, and a summary of recent dam safety news and events.

Subscription to the Journal of Dam Safety is one benefit of ASDSO membership. Non-members can subscribe by calling 855-228-9732 or emailing

Full issues and individual articles from the Journal (ISSN 1944-9836) are available through the ASDSO Bookstore.

In the Latest Issue (V12 n4, 2014)

Colorado 2013 Floods
Authors: Colorado Dam Safety Branch

This article summarizes lessons learned during this event that highlight the need for state dam safety officials to focus attention on such coordination efforts in anticipation of future events.

Evolution of Grouting in Karst at Logan Martin Dam, Alabama
Authors: Dr. Brian H. Greene, Ph.D., P.E., Gannett Fleming; Dr. Donald A. Bruce, Ph.D., D.GE., C.Eng., L.G., L.E.G., GEOSYSTEMS, L.P.; John H Williams; and Bobby E. Williams, P.E., Southern Company

Seepage through the karstic limestone foundation began as soon as the reservoir started being filled at Logan Martin Dam in 1964. The seepage produced numerous springs and boils in the river channel and along the downstream riverbanks, and eventually at the toe of the east embankment itself. After a sinkhole developed on the downstream face of the east embankment on April 9, 1968, the first of the remedial grouting programs at Logan Martin began.

What We Know (And Don't Know) About Low-Head Dams
Author: Bruce Tschantz, P.E., Ph.D.

The combination of increased public use of waterways for fishing, swimming, boating, and paddle sports; lack of public understanding or appreciation of forces, currents, and changing hazards around low-head dams; paucity of upstream and downstream warning signs or hazard markers; and somewhat limited efforts by state dam and boating safety programs, has left public safety at and around low-head dams in most parts of the country untethered to any regulatory standards. Owners of low-head dams who accept the responsibility to warn and educate the public about the hazards created around these structures, should be aware of established state and federal warning system standards and guidelines.

Owner's Perspective - Establishing a Rrsk Assessment Program Within the Current Regulatory Framework
Authors: Southern California Edison, Nicolas von Gersdorff, John Yen, and Michael Cruz

General Submittal Guidelines

  1. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published as copyrighted material by any entity other than ASDSO, nor may they be submitted for consideration for publication as copyrighted material by any entity aside from ASDSO while in review for the Journal of Dam Safety. Exceptions may be granted, provided that the author has secured copyright clearance prior to submission.
  2. Technical articles should be 6 to 10 pages in length, including graphics and photos.
  3. Each paper must include an overview of content through a brief abstract.

Abstracts of 1/2 to 1 page may be submitted to

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Editorial Committee

Craig Findlay, Co-Editor
Findley Engr, Inc.
70 Old Field Road
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Phone: 207-846-1465
Fax: 207-846-3434

Mark Schultz, Co-Editor
CA DWR Divion of Safety of Dams
2200 X Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: 916-227-4619
Fax: 916-227-4500

Lyle Bentley
Chief, Dam Safety Program
Tennessee DE&C
6th Floor, L&C Tower
401 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37243-1539
Phone: 615-532-0154

John W. France
Senior Principal
URS Corporation
8181 East Tufts Avenue
Denver CO 80237
Phone: 303-740-3812
Fax: 303-694-3946

James W. Gallagher
Chief Water Res. Engr.
NH DES Dam Bureau
6 Hazen Drive
P.O. Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
Phone: 603-271-1961
Fax: 603-271-2982

Michele Lemieux
Dam Safety Program Manager
1424 9th Avenue
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
Phone: 406-444-6613

Art Miller
Distinguished Professor-PSU
315 S. Allen Street, Suite 121
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-571-6112
Fax: 814-253-1495

Bill Sturtevant
Dam and Floodplain Section
GEF 2, WT/6
101 S. Webster
Madison, VI 53707-7921
Phone: 608-266-8033
Fax: 608-267-2800

James Weldon
Dam Safety Engineer
Denver Water Department
1600 West 12th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-628-6657
Fax: 303-628-6851

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