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Proper attention to dam safety is vital to protect downstream life, property and habitat. Safety concerns include sinkholes, seepage, internal erosion and seismic issues.

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Latest Dam Safety News

USSD announces call for papers


The United States Society on Dams has issued a call for papers in anticipation of USSD's 34th Annual Meeting and Conference, which takes place April 7-11, 2014, in San Francisco.


ASDSO hopes to increase dam safety with new guide


The Association of Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has prepared new guide intended to help inform the public about the benefits of dams and the risks associated with potential dam incidents and failures.

Corps seeks emergency rehabilitation project firms for Great Lakes, Ohio


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information from firms capable of performing emergency rehabilitation project work at dams and other facilities in its Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the eastern United States.

U.S. seeks hydraulic model for dam safety work at Isabella Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks development of a hydraulic model for dam safety work at Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

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Granite Construction wins contract for San Clemente, Carmel River dam removal


California American Water has awarded a US$61 million contract to Granite Construction Incorporated for the removal of the San Clemente and Carmel River dams in California.

U.S. seeks dam safety cutoff wall at East Branch Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for dam safety work to construct a deep cutoff wall at East Branch Dam on the East Branch Clarion River in Pennsylvania.

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Corps awards contract for geotechnical survey work at Lower Granite Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth US$92,000 to Haz-Tech Drilling Inc. to perform geotechnical survey services at the 810-MW Lower Granite Dam in Washington.

Albania seeks dam safety work at 600-MW Komani hydro project


Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare (KESH) invites applications for pre-qualification to perform dam safety civil works at the 600-MW Komani hydroelectric project on Albania's Drin River.

FERC calls conference on reliability of bulk power system


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans a technical conference July 9 on reliability of the bulk electricity system.

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French town awards contract for hydropower project operation


The town of Saint-Etienne has awarded BRL Exploitation a contract for monitoring and operation of the Lavalette Dam hydropower project.

Hydro-Quebec seeks partners to advance universal readout device for dam monitoring


Hydro-Quebec invites expressions of interest in a partnership with the utility to develop a universal readout device for dam monitoring applications.

Marseilles Dam

Underwater inspections begin after barge sections hit Marseilles Dam


Work continues as the United States Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue salvage operations at Marseilles Lock and Dam, where several barges came to rest against the dam structure after breaking free from their towing vessel this past week.

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Report card gives America's dams a "D" grade

Kenya seeks dam safety panel for six proposed dams, including hydro


Kenya's Ministry of Water and Irrigation invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as hydrology, dam engineering, and engineering geology experts on a dam safety panel for development of at least six dams including at least one potential hydroelectric project.

Dam safety reviews sought for three Canada hydro system dams


Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to perform dam safety reviews of three dams in its British Columbia hydropower system.

BC Hydro seeks engineer for 126-MW John Hart hydropower plant replacement


Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks an independent engineer to oversee the replacement of the 126-MW John Hart hydropower plant on behalf of the British Columbia government.

U.S. again seeks flow meter systems for three Utah dams


The Bureau of Reclamation has issued another solicitation to supply flow meter systems to three Reclamation irrigation and flood control dams in Utah.

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Reclamation's FY 2014 budget request includes dam safety, environmental management allocations


President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget request released this past week identifies a total of US$1.05 billion for the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation.

U.S. seeks boring, excavation for geologic survey near Prado Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for test borehole drilling and test pit excavation for a geologic survey near Prado Dam on California's Santa Ana River.

Corps awards contract for engineering services at Wolf Creek, Center Hill dams


Terracon Consultants Inc. has won a US$5 million contract for geotechnical engineering services from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, primarily at the 270-MW Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky and 135-MW Center Hill Dam in Tennessee.

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