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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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Hurricane Isaac causing concern for Mississippi dam


Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Isaac is threatening the Lake Tangipahoa Dam in southern Mississippi, causing officials from both Mississippi and Louisiana to evacuate areas near it.

Futurenet Group selected for Gavins Point Dam repair work


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth US$2.96 million to Futurenet Group Inc. for work at the 132.3-MW Gavins Point hydropower project.

Cameroon seeks dam safety panel experts for 30-MW Lom Pangar


Cameroon utility Electricity Development Corp. (EDC) invites expressions of interest from experts in four fields to serve on a dam safety panel overseeing construction of the 30-MW Lom Pangar hydroelectric project on the Sanaga River.

Bank seeks dam safety consulting firm for Brazil water agency


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from dam safety consulting firms to assist Brazil's national water agency, Agencia Nacional de Aguas (ANA).

Geotechnical services sought for U.S. Pacific Northwest


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks applications to provide geotechnical architect-engineering services in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Corps awards contract for repairs at 980-MW McNary hydropower project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth US$331,670 Gyllenberg Construction Inc. for emergency gate bulkhead work at the 980-MW McNary hydropower project.

Escondido looking to improve safety at 1.7-MW Lake Wohlford hydropower project


A recent decision by the Escondido city council should help improve the safety of California's Lake Wohlford Dam and its accompanying 1.7-MW hydropower plant, HydroWorld.com has learned.

U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs seeks dam engineers


The Bureau of Indian Affairs seeks applications from civil engineers to work on dam safety and construction issues in the bureau's Lakewood office.

Architect-engineers sought for Corps Risk Management Center


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for specialized architect-engineer support to the Corps' Risk Management Center on Dam, Levee, and Flood Risk Management Structures.

Corps awards contract for work at Pipestem Dam, including seepage blanket repair


American Contracting LLC of Fort Collins, Colo., has been awarded a contract worth $49 million for work to include left upstream blanket repairs and right abutment drains at Pipestem Dam on Pipestem Creek in North Dakota.

Act introduced to extend National Dam Safety Program


Senators Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) have introduced legislation that would reauthorize dam safety programs first authorized through the Water Resources Development Act of 1996.

Dam Safety & Security


FERC orders dam owners to submit safety program reports

Tech Briefs


FEMA releases guide to filters for embankment dams

Merrimack Village Dam: Results of Removing a Dam in New Hampshire


Post-dam removal monitoring is ongoing to identify the impacts of removing Merrimack Village Dam in New Hampshire. The dam was removed to restore diadromous fish habitat, improve water quality, restore natural sediment transport and avoid high maintenance costs associated with the aged structure.

Dam Safety: Installing Hydraulic Crest Gates to Improve Flood Control at Hatfield


Replacing an antiquated and failing flood control system at Wisconsin's Hatfield Dam proved to be challenging. The selection and installation of hydraulic crest gates was cost-effective and withstood the test of a major flood that threatened downstream residents.

Fortum announces refurbishments at 130-MW Holjes hydropower facility


European energy producer Fortum has announced it will refurbish its 130-MW Holjes hydropower plant at a cost of nearly US$63 million over the next four years.

FERC orders dam owners to submit Owners Dam Safety Program reports


In a significant expansion of its Owners Dam Safety Program, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is ordering owners of high- and significant-hazard dams to submit ODSP safety reports for their structures.

Reclamation repairs for dam safety repairs to Red Willow Dam soon


Repair work at Nebraska's Red Willow Dam is ramping up, reports the Bureau of Reclamation.

Bosnia awards contract for additional spillway at 110-MW Bocac


Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske a.d. Trebinje, has awarded a contract to a Croatian-Bosnian consortium to build an additional spillway for control of flood discharges from the 110-MW Bocac hydroelectric project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

U.S. awards seepage barrier contract for 135-MW Center Hill Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $106.6 million contract to Bauer Foundation Corp. to build a concrete seepage barrier in the main embankment of 135-MW Center Hill Dam on the Caney Fork River near Lancaster, Tenn.

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