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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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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.

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FERC orders dam owners to submit safety program reports

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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.

Dam monitoring equipment contract awarded for Bosnia hydro projects


Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina has awarded a contract to Austria-based Strabag AG to rehabilitate and modernize the dam safety monitoring system of three hydroelectric projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

U.S. awards contract for grout curtain at Wolf Creek dam and hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded The Judy Company Inc., of Kansas City., Kan., a $6.76 million contract for installation of two grout curtains as part of emergency dam safety repairs to 270-MW Wolf Creek dam and hydropower project at Jamestown, Ky.

Dam safety monitoring contracts awarded through Ukraine hydro rehab progam


Ukraine utility OJSC UkrHydroEnergo has awarded a pair of contracts estimated at US$13.7 million to supply an automated dam safety monitoring system for its hydroelectric projects.

Corps to seek concrete seepage barrier at 135-MW Center Hill


The Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for construction of a concrete seepage barrier at the main embankment of 135-MW Center Hill Dam on the Caney Fork River near Lancaster, Tenn.

U.S. sets spillway control structure bid date for 198.72-MW Folsom


The Corps of Engineers has set the deadline for bids to build an auxiliary spillway control structure for 198.72-MW Folsom Dam, on California's American River.

U.S. seeks geo-technical expert for Isabella Dam safety program


The Corps of Engineers seeks a geo-technical expert to assist an ongoing dam safety assurance study of Isabella Dam on California’s Kern River that has a high risk of failure.

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