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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

Calcago joins Gannett Fleming security team

Calcagno, Gloschat join Gannett Fleming’s security team

02/26/2015

Gannett Fleming announces two additions to its Security and Safety Services Team: Frank Calcagno, Jr., and Joachim A. Gloschat, Jr.

U.S. seeks surveying, mapping, dam deformation studies

02/20/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform surveying, mapping and dam deformation studies for Corps projects in the South and possibly worldwide.

NHA Annual Conference early bird registration discount ends February 27

02/20/2015

Time is running out for National Hydropower Association members to receive a special early bird registration rate for the NHA's 2015 Annual Conference.

France's VNF awards contract for Plancher-Bas Dam rehabilitation

02/17/2015

France's navigable waterways agency, Voies Navigables de France (VNF), has awarded a contract to the consortium Groupement Peduzzi/Rouby/Gomez to rehabilitate the Plancher-Bas Dam on the Rahin River in France.

Guidance and Sage Advice Exist for Dam Design and Construction

02/17/2015

Processing important aspects of dam-related modeling means using a computer and hard-earned work experience.

Siemens, HR Wallingford announce dam safety technology partnership

02/16/2015

Siemens UK has entered into a strategic partnership with civil engineering firm HR Wallingford to develop new monitoring tools for dams and flood defense infrastructure.

Reclamation appoints dam safety officer, area manager

Becker, Chad appointed to positions at hydro operator Bureau of Reclamation

02/12/2015

Hydro operator the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation recently announced new appointments for two people: Brian Becker, P.E., and Carolyn Chad.

Dam Safety in 2015: A Regulatory Perspective

02/12/2015

As 2015 unfolds, the FERC Division of Dam Safety and Inspections (FERC-D2SI) is focusing on strengthening existing initiatives and further developing emerging initiatives such as Risk-Informed Decision Making.

Get a sneak peek into the world's largest hydroelectric power event

02/11/2015

The hydroelectric power sector is dynamic, and so is the world's largest event dedicated entirely to hydropower.

Federal budget proposal includes millions for U.S. hydroelectric power, dams

02/10/2015

President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget requests include a number of requests for both the Department of Energy and Bureau of Reclamation that could provide significant funding for conventional, pumped-storage, and marine and hydrokinetic hydroelectric power.

Corps' Huntington District awards contract for dam safety, engineering work

02/04/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$10 million contract to URS Group Inc. and Stantec Tetra Tech JV for a number of dam-related projects within the continental United States.

ASDSO recognizes Paul Schweiger for commitment to dam safety

02/02/2015

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has recognized Paul G. Schweiger as the recipient of the 2015 ASDSO President's Award.

Rehabilitation on high-hazard 3.3-MW Brainerd hydroelectric facility dam apron raises concerns

01/29/2015

Concern with regard to repair of the dam’s concrete spillway apron was raised in a public forum at the Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Commission meeting held Jan. 27.

TVA hires Quirk as general counsel

Hydro project operator TVA adds Quirk as executive vice president, general counsel

01/27/2015

Sherry Quirk has been named executive vice president and general counsel for hydro project operator Tennessee Valley Authority.

Fire starts in Asia’s only underground switchyard, housed at India’s 120-MW Sanjay Vidyut Pariyojna hydroelectric project

01/23/2015

Indian media sources say fire broke out in transformer units within the underground switchyard of the 120-MW Sanjay Vidyut Pariyojna hydroelectric project about 3:30 a.m. local time, Jan. 22, at the facility located in the district of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India.  

Proposed Keeyask Generation Station

Bomb threat received at 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project work site

01/22/2015

A bomb threat called into the construction site of the 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project on Jan. 19 forced authorities to evacuate the Manitoba Hydro property, according to reports by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). 

Dam safety and rehabilitation at 1,050-MW Kariba hydroelectric project require about US$300 million

01/16/2015

After being constructed on the Zambezi River between 1956 and 1959 by the then-Federation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi), the dam impounding water for the 1,050-MW Kariba project requires an estimated US$300 million for rehabilitation to continue safe operation, according to the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA). 

U.S. extends call for dam safety geotechnical, drilling work

01/12/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Huntington District has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to perform dam safety geotechnical and drilling work at Corps facilities throughout the United States.

Grant PUD raises water levels behind Wanapum Dam amidst ongoing repairs

01/09/2015

Ongoing repairs a the Wanapum Dam in Washington have allowed the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to reopen most of the reservoir's shoreline to the public earlier this week.

Every coin has two sides: Can dam site personnel survive the UAV tsunami?

01/08/2015

One of the phrases I tend to overuse, “Every coin has two sides,” is appropriate as it relates to the approaching tsunami of potentially efficient uses for unmanned aerial vehicles.  

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