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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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U.S. TVA draws down reservoir for dam safety seismic study of 160-MW Pickwick Landing Dam


The Tennessee Valley Authority is accelerating the annual drawdown of the reservoir of 160-MW Pickwick Landing Dam in the Southeast United States for a dam safety seismic study.

Wanapum Dam rehabilitation continues with anchor tendon installation


Grant County Public Utilities District and its contractors have completed the installation of the first steel anchor tendon at the Wanapum Dam.

Brazil seeks dam safety studies to rehabilitate 164 dams


Brazil's Ministry of National Integration invites expressions of interest to perform dam safety studies for rehabilitation of 164 dams.

Muller named to new position with Reclamation


Bruce C. Muller, Jr., is now Director of Security, Safety and Law Enforcement with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.

U.S., Iraqi forces repel ISIS advance on 660-MW Haditha hydropower plant


The United States earlier this week launched more air strikes to help Iraqi and Sunni forces protect Haditha Dam from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Canada utility seeks dam safety spillway rehab design for 67-MW Slave Falls hydro project


Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to design the dam safety rehabilitation of a spillway of the 67-MW Slave Falls hydroelectric project on the Winnipeg River in Manitoba.

Norway water, energy agency seeks dam safety consultants


The Norwegian water resources and energy directorate seeks bids from firms to provide dam safety and security consultancy under framework agreements with the agency.

Record rainfall straining infrastructure in American southwest


Rains brought by Hurricane Norbert are causing record flooding in the southwestern United States, straining dams in Arizona and Nevada, sources report.

U.S. seeks engineering for critical infrastructure, dam safety programs


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks applications for pre-qualification for hydraulic/hydrological engineering, modeling and design to support Corps critical infrastructure and dam safety programs.

U.S. extends bidding for dam safety construction at Pine Creek Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to perform dam safety civil construction at Pine Creek Dam on Little River in McCurtain County, Okla.

U.S. awards $132 million contract for dam safety cutoff wall at East Branch Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to Layne Christensen Co. for dam safety work to construct a deep cutoff wall at East Branch Dam on the East Branch Clarion River in Pennsylvania.

U.S. awards dam safety site stabilization at 270-MW Wolf Creek Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $950,088 contract to Aspen Construction Co. for dam safety site stabilization work at 270-MW Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky.

FERC seeks dam safety geotechnical engineering consultant


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks proposals from small businesses to serve as geotechnical engineering consultant to FERC's Division of Dam Safety and Inspections.

Video: U.S., Kurdish forces regain control of Iraq's Mosul Dam


The strategic Mosul Dam is back in Iraqi control following what is being called the most highly-coordinated operation involving U.S., Kurdish and Iraqi combined forces since 2011.

Reports: Iraqi Kurds close to retaking strategic Mosul Dam


Iraqi Kurdish forces are close to retaking control of Mosul Dam from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) following more than a dozen air strikes by the United States on Monday, multiple sources report.

French firm wins dam safety work at Swiss-French 49-MW Chancy-Pougny hydro project


Hydro operator Societe de Forces Motrices de Chancy-Pougny SA (SFMCP) has awarded a contract to Freyssinet of Chaponost, France, for seismic reinforcement dam safety work at the 49-MW Chancy-Pougny hydroelectric project on the Rhone River on the border of Switzerland and France.

Macedonia seeks supervision of dam safety work at 36.4-MW St. Petka, 82-MW Kozjak


Macedonia utility AD Elektrarni na Makedonija (Elem) seeks bids for technical supervision of dam safety civil work to be performed at the 36.4-MW St. Petka and 82-MW Kozjak hydroelectric projects in Macedonia.

Reports: ISIS seizes control of Iraq's 750-MW Mosul Dam


Reports from a number of global outlets say the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has seized control of the 750-MW Mosul Dam, potentially threatening those downstream on the Tigris River.

Kurd forces reportedly foil Islamic militants' takeover of Iraq's 750-MW Mosul Dam


Iraqi Kurdish forces defending 750-MW Mosul Dam reportedly foiled an attempt by troops of Islamic State to seize control of Mosul Dam, the largest dam and hydroelectric project in Iraq.

Canada utility seeks dam safety review of 55-MW McArthur Falls, 165-MW Seven Sisters


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to perform dam safety reviews of the 55-MW McArthur Falls and 165-MW Seven Sisters hydroelectric projects in Manitoba.

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