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Dam Safety and Security

06/29/2015

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

U.S. extends bid date for dam safety construction at Addicks, Barker dams in Texas

06/29/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids for dam safety construction at Addicks and Barker dams, which protect the Houston area from flooding.

China's Three Gorges hydropower plant accused of causing landslide

06/29/2015

China's massive Three Gorges Dam is being blamed for causing a landslide that killed at least two and injured several others in the southwestern Wushan County.

How Seattle City Light Personnel Became Fire and Rescue Experts

06/26/2015

In "The Great Northwest," a hydroelectric project owner partnered with local communities to improve the level of safety and security in and around its facilities by taking the initiative to train company personnel to regulatory standards as emergency responders.

Spillway collapse at Erity Dam results from unattended dam safety needs

06/25/2015

On June 22 after unusually higher than normal seasonal amounts of rain, according to local officials, the right spillway of Erity Dam collapsed. Erity Dam is a 102-year-old concrete gravity dam on the River Rouge in Beverly Hills Village, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.  

Lake Delhi Dam failure

Work slows on Lake Delhi Dam construction after a temporary wall fails

06/18/2015

A temporary steel construction wall placed at the site to aid installation of the new Lake Delhi Dam failed June 14.

U.S. seeks boat barrier for 810-MW Lower Monumental hydro project

06/11/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to construct a floating boat barrier across the Snake River above the 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam hydroelectric project in Washington.

U.S. sets bid date for dam safety construction at Addicks, Barker dams in Texas

06/10/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for dam safety construction at Addicks and Barker dams, which protect the Houston area from flooding.

Nigeria reissues call for dam safety experts to review seven dams, reservoir

06/10/2015

The government of Nigeria has reissued a call for expressions of interest from dam safety experts to serve on a panel to review and advise on dam safety and other critical aspects of seven dams and a reservoir in Nigeria.

Quebec commissioner disappointed by lack of dam safety efforts

06/04/2015

A June 2015 report released by the Quebec Commissioner of Sustainable Development, M. Jean Cinq-Mars, said, “The Environment Department has not done its work to ensure that the province’s dams are safe.”  

Three killed at Belo Monte hydropower plant worksite

06/03/2015

Three workers were killed and several others sustained injuries when a cement silo collapsed at the Belo Monte hydropower plant's construction site in Brazil.

U.S. seeks dam safety construction at Addicks, Barker dams in Texas

05/29/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a site visit and a pre-bid conference on proposed dam safety construction at Addicks and Barker dams, which protect the Houston area from flooding. 

Two workers die in “landslide” at Hamzadere Dam Irrigation System in Turkey

05/27/2015

Two construction workers died as the result of a landslide and additional workers were injured on May 22 at the construction site of the Hamzadere Dam Irrigation System in the Ipsala district of Edirne, Turkey. Edirne is in the northwestern-most part of the Turkey near its border with Greece.  

Bastrop dam fails in Texas

Dam failure in Texas result of significant flooding in south central U.S.

05/26/2015

A small dam in Bastrop State Park in Texas failed May 25 as a result of floodwaters in the area.

Vandals damage 3.3-MW Sanford small hydroelectric project on Tittabawassee River

05/26/2015

Power generation ceased as divers removed debris thrown into waters immediately astern of penstocks at the 3.3-MW Sanford hydroelectric project (Sanford) earlier this week. Around 2:50 a.m. on May 18, vandals caused damage at the facility located operated by Boyce Hydro Power, LLC, located on the Tittabawassee River in Midland County, Mich. 

Lairg Dam damaged by vandals

Vandals damage Lairg Dam in Scottish Highlands

05/21/2015

According to a report by Scottish television station STV, 18 boulders were dislodged from the base of Lairg Dam, in the Scottish Highlands, and placed in the water.

Dam Safety & Security

05/20/2015

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

Minidoka Dam

Reclamation welcomes public to Minidoka Dam spillway reopening ceremony

05/19/2015

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is celebrating the completion of a new spillway at the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydropower plant with a public ceremony May 27.

A US$1.8 million river bank stabilization in Folsom, Calif., is part of a US$900 million spillway project

05/18/2015

In a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the organization’s Sacramento District awarded a US$1.8 million contract to Newland Entities Inc., of Marysville, Calif., to stabilize 400 feet of the American River’s right bank using 32-foot-long rock bolts.  

Nepal’s 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric project suffers “settlement”

05/11/2015

Nepal’s Electricity Authority has released a list of earthquake damaged state- and independently-owned hydroelectric projects that includes the US$664 million 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric facility being constructed on Nepal’s Tamakoshi River. 

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