Dam Safety

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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U.S. to seek spillway control structure for 198.72-MW Folsom


The Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for construction of an auxiliary spillway control structure for 198.72-MW Folsom Dam, on California's American River.

FERC dam safety program to use risk-informed decision making


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a five-year strategic plan containing goals including use of risk-informed decision making in its dam safety program.

Tech Briefs

03/01/2009 During installation of a double-line grout curtain at Wolf Creek Dam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used sonic drilling to install the holes through the embankment.



A look at ongoing development of nine of the world’s tallest dams provides examples of design, excavation, and construction work occurring in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

UPDATE - Corps seeks engineers for dam safety monitoring

02/19/2009 The Corps of Engineers' St. Louis District has clarified the bid due dates for engineering services for dam safety monitoring and levee inspections.

Considering Human Factors in Dam Safety

12/01/2008 By learning about human factors and and then applying that knowledge to development of work procedures and operator training, Swedish utility Vattenfall is enhancing safety at its dams and hydroelectric projects.

Roller-Compacted-Concrete Dams: Design and Construction Trends

11/01/2008 A review of the design and construction of five recently completed roller-compacted-concrete dams in the U.S. reveals that many new design details and construction methods have been adapted to enhance the final product.

World Bank to support Albania dam safety program

09/02/2008 The World Bank has approved a US$35.3 million loan to Albanian Power Corp. for dam safety under the Energy Community Southeast Europe APL Program.

U.S. awards grout curtain contract for 135-MW Center Hill

02/28/2008 The Corps of Engineers' Nashville District announced Feb. 22 it awarded a contact worth nearly $87.4 million to Kiewit�A.C.T. to install a grout curtain seepage barrier at 135-MW Center Hill Dam, on the Caney Fork River in DeKalb County, Tenn.

Corps seeks engineers for dam safety monitoring

11/29/2007 The Corps of Engineers' St. Louis District seeks proposals for engineering of dam safety performance monitoring primarily in the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division.

Some Considerations in Designing an RCC Dam

11/01/2007 Builders of roller-compacted-concrete dams need to consider several design elements before beginning construction.

FERC invites comments on new dam safety monitoring plan

07/03/2007 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission invites comments by Aug. 16 on a draft of its new Dam Safety Surveillance Monitoring Plan.

U.S. dam safety program approves research projects

07/02/2007 The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Dam Safety Program is pursuing new projects to expand dam safety research to other institutions and professionals performing research in the field.

Congress allots $59 million in extending dam safety program

01/24/2007 A spending authorization totaling $59.2 million over five years is included in legislation that reauthorized the National Dam Safety Program for another five years.

House panel backs bills to renew, fund dam safety program

09/22/2006 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved bills Sept. 20 that would reauthorize the National Dam Safety Program for five years and create a $350 million National Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Program for non-federal, publicly owned dams.

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