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 n3, 2014)

Estimating the Dynamic Shear Strength of Soils for Dam Seismic Safety Analyses
Authors: Erik Malvick, Ph.D., P.E.; Richard Armstrong, Ph.D., P.E.; and Kristen Martin, CA Department of Water Resources

Summarizes the method for estimating a soil’s dynamic shear strength with an emphasis on practical considerations. A discussion is provided to illustrate the method for a dam site. The example demonstrates that materials in the transitional region can benefit from additional detailed laboratory testing programs. Note that the exact details and calculations necessary to actually estimate the dynamic soil strength will not be covered in this paper.

The History of Grouting at Wolf Creek Dam, Kentucky
Authors: Donald Bruce, Geosystems, L.P.; Trent Dreese, Gannett Fleming, Inc.; Brook Brosi, US Army Corps of Engineers; and Michael Terry, Hayward Baker, Inc.

Summary of each of the five grouting phases at Wolf Creek Dam, and highlights the practices followed at each time.

Comparison of Dam Breach Inundation Zones from DSS-WISE™ Lite with Traditional Methods
Author: Hal Van Aller, P.E., MD Dam Safety Program

This article compares the map results from the “Decision Support System for Water Infrastructural Security” (DSS-WISE™) Lite program developed by the US Department of Homeland Security with traditional dam breach modeling software (HEC-1, DAMBRK, and SMPDBK).

Recent Innovations in the Virginia Dam Safety Program
Author: Robert Bennett, P.E., R.A., C.F.M., VA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Overview of the following dam safety innovations: Dam Dragnet, which aims to locate all dams of regulated size in Virginia, Dam First Aid, Dam Watch, Low-Cost Simplified Inundation Mapping, Hazard Creep Prevention, and A New Statewide Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) Study.

Owners Perspective
Authors: Gerard Reed III, P.E., and William Rose, P.E., San Diego County Water Authority

This article highlights how a partnering program at Olivenhain Dam and San Vicente Dam facilitated timely review of project changes during the design and construction phases of the project.  Partnering also facilitated the development of effective testing programs to confirm design criteria and for quality control.

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 an author whose paper has been previously copyrighted by another periodical or journal has secured copyright clearance, including associated fees, prior to submitting the paper.
  2. Technical articles should be 8 to 10 pages in length (single-spaced) including graphics and photos.
  3. Submit draft papers at least two months prior to the final article due date in MS Word format with photos and figures included in the paper.
  4. One ASDSO State representative and one ASDSO Affiliate Member Advisory Committee member will review each draft paper for content and scope. Their comments will be returned to the author(s) for consideration in preparing the final paper.
  5. Following editorial committee review, authors submit:
    1. Final papers in MS Word 2000 (or higher) format, including in-place photos and drawings and metric (SI) equivalent units in parentheses following English unit values;
    2. Photos and graphics in separate jpg, tiff, ep, or pdf format files of at least 300 dpi. (CMYK preferred, high-resolution RGB acceptable);
    3. A short one-paragraph bio, digital photo and contact information for each author.

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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