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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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Earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands may have an effect on hydroelectric facilities

04/27/2015

A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that originated in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25, may have caused significant damage to hydroelectric facilities and additional power producing infrastructure, according to published reports.

Corps extends dam safety qualifying for Risk Management Center

04/22/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended a call for applications for pre-qualification to provide architect-engineering support on dam and levee safety projects for the Corps headquarters and its Risk Management Center. 

Senegal River agency seeks environmental, feasibility work for hydro rehab, grid expansion

04/22/2015

A unit of the multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist in environmental and social assessments and feasibility studies for the Manantali II program of hydropower system rehabilitation and expansion of its transmission system to deliver hydropower to member countries. 

Corps seeks dam safety support for Risk Management Center

04/20/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites applications for pre-qualification to provide architect-engineering support on dam and levee safety projects for the Corps headquarters and its Risk Management Center.

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HydroVision International 2015 keynote speakers announced

04/17/2015

The organizers of HydroVision International 2015 are pleased to announce three keynote speakers confirmed for the opening session of the upcoming conference and exhibition.

CDA forms working group

Canadian Dam Association forms working group to address dam design and construction

04/16/2015

The Canadian Dam Association has created a Working Group on Design and Construction to address the issues of design and construction of dams and how the subject is covered by the current Dam Safety Guidelines and associated Technical Bulletins.

Racine Locks and Dam hit by barge

Barge strikes lock structure at Racine Locks and Dam, with 48-MW hydro plant

04/16/2015

A riverboat towing eight barges loaded with coal struck the entrance to the lock at the Racine Locks and Dam, on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia, last Saturday.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife seeks dam safety program support

04/15/2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks proposals to provide technical support to its dam safety program covering more than 300 FWS dams.

Dam Safety and Security

04/15/2015

Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

Cybersecurity and hydropower

Cybersecurity and hydropower: Speaker lineup announced for free webcast

04/14/2015

Four authoritative speakers are preparing to address the topic of cybersecurity at hydro facilities during a free editorial webcast that will take place on April 22.

Investigation, Re-creation Indicates Likely Ignition Point of Thermalito Fire

04/14/2015

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, a fire began at the 84-MW Thermalito plant three floors below ground level and spread upward into a control room on the next floor. An investigation revealed the probable ignition point, and the author discusses lessons learned.

Operational Excellence Program -- Avoiding Events by Information Sharing

04/14/2015

A new program, called Operational Excellence or OpEx, is available from the National Hydropower Association to help owners and operators of hydroelectric facilities avoid accidents and events by learning from others' experiences.

USDA commits $73 million to dam rehabilitation, assessment program

04/10/2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will invest US$73 million to the rehabilitation and assessment of dams across the country to improve infrastructure safety and water supply consistency.

Viewpoint: Keep the "Funnies" Dead Forever

04/06/2015

On Jan. 30, I learned Britain celebrated the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's funeral with, among many things, radio and television re-broadcasts of the state funeral.

Technical audit sought for plunge pool rehab at Africa's Kariba Dam

03/31/2015

The European Union invites applications for pre-qualification to conduct regular technical audits of dam safety work to reshape the plunge pool of Kariba Dam, site of three hydroelectric projects on the border of Zambia and Zimbabe.

Albania seeks dams risk management expert for rehabilitation of 11 dams

03/30/2015

Albania's Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as dam portfolio risk management expert to review safety of 11 dams being rehabilitated and modernized in Albania's Drin-Buna and Semani river basins.

Senegal River agency seeks study of its basin water resources program

03/25/2015

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to study the impact of its program of integrated management of Senegal Basin water resources.

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HydroVision International 2015 early bird discounts available now

03/23/2015

HydroVision International 2015 is still more than three months away, but it isn't too soon to save on registrations for the world's largest hydroelectric power event.

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Grant PUD begins final refilling of Wanapum Dam reservoir

03/20/2015

Repairs to the Wanapum complex in Washington have reached a significant milestone as owner Grant County Public Utilities District has begin refilling the reservoir behind Wanapum Dam to its full capacity.

Dam Safety & Security

03/10/2015

Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

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