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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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Massachussets legislature approves plan to improve dam safety


The Massachusetts legislature has approved a US$17 million allocation that will pay for the repair or removal of unsafe, abandoned or useless dams, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Albania seeks rehabilitation, modernization of 14 dams


Albania's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection invites expressions of interest from consultants to supervise rehabilitation and modernization of 14 dams during 2013 and 2014.

U.S. seeks firms able to perform dam safety work at Mormon Island Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms able to perform dam safety civil work including an overlay of Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam, part of the 198.72-MW Folsom Dam project on California's American River.

SN Aboitiz earns OHSAS certification for work at Philippines' 105-MW Ambuklao hydroelectric complex


The Philippines' 105-MW Ambuklao hydropower plant has received a confirmation of certification standard from the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) for successfully meeting a number of standards.

France's EDF awards contract for concrete repairs at Chambon Dam


Electricite de France (EDF) has awarded a contract to Bouygues Travaux Publics Regions France to rehabilitate concrete at the Chambon Dam on the Romanche River in eastern France.

60-MW Aguacate hydropower facility online after five-year rehab


The Dominican Republic’s state-run hydropower utility, Egehid, brought its 60-MW Aguacate hydroelectric facility online today after an extensive rebuild that took the unit out of service for five years.

Ethiopia seeks embankment dam expert for dam safety panel


Ethiopia's Ministry of Water and Energy invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as an international expert in embankment dam design and monitoring.

Several missing after collapse at Cambodia's 120-MW Stung Atay hydropower plant


The partial collapse of Cambodia's 120-MW Stung Atay hydropower project has left several workers missing and four presumed to have drowned, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Dam Safety: Ontario Ministry Develops Dam Management Plan


Balancing the responsibilities of dam ownership with the requirements of dam management can be a challenging task. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' multi-functional dam asset management plan allows efficient and effective management of a large fleet of dams for the best environmental, economic and recreational outcomes.

Fire under control at 114-MW Thermalito pumped-storage plant


Emergency response crews have contained a fire at the 114-MW Ronald B. Robie Thermalito pumped-storage facility, but officials from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) are still trying to determine its cause.

Vietnam's 7.5-MW Dak Mek 3 under investigation following accident


The dam at Vietnam's 7.5-MW Dak Mek 3 hydropower project is being investigated after the structure sustained significant damage last week, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Institute Hydroproject evaluating safety at Vietnam's 2,400-MW Son La hydropower plant


RusHydro Group's JSC Institute Hydroproject will soon begin evaluating the construction and safety of Vietnam's 2,400-MW Son La hydroelectric project.

Xcel installing warning sirens near 5.4-MW Menomonie hydroelectric project


Midwestern utility Xcel Energy has begun installing warning sirens on its hydroelectric projects along the Red Cedar River, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Bosnian utility awards contract for repairs at 315-MW Visegrad hydroelectric project


Zublin Spezial Tiefbau GmbH has won a contract worth US$11.5 million to control seepage beneath the 315-MW Visegrad hydropower plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Safety of Vietnam's 190-MW Song Tranh 2 hydroelectric project still in question after earthquake


The Vietnam Union of Scientific and Technology Associations has found that movement of the dam that impounds water for the country’s 190-MW Song Tranh 2 hydropower plant could pose a threat to the Bac Tra My District, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Hydro Tasmania awards contract for work at 10.5-MW Rowallan hydropower project


Hydro Tasmania has awarded a US$4 million contract to Hazell Bros for the first stage of an upgrade project at Rowallan Dam.

China's Three Gorges hydropower facility unaffected by earthquake


An earthquake in China's Hubei Province that measured 3.2 on the Richter scale had no effect on the 22,500-MW Three Gorges hydroelectric plant, state news agency Xinhua says.

Maryland's 574.54-MW Conowingo hydropower project weathering effects of Hurricane Sandy


Hydroelectric projects in the regions affected by Hurricane Sandy appear to have weathered the storm well, which is good news but not surprising considering the sturdy nature of most dams.

Corps releases final impact study for California's Isabella Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental impact statement for the Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

Officials still searching for answers after dam failure in central Vietnam


Officials are still trying to determine what caused a dam to collapse at the 8-MW Dak Rong 3 hydroelectric plant earlier this month, HydroWorld.com has learned.

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