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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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FERC names dam safety geotechnical engineering consultant


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has awarded a contract worth a maximum of $850,000 for a geotechnical engineering consultant to FERC's Division of Dam Safety and Inspections.

Dam safety work sought on plunge pool of Africa's Kariba Dam


The European Development Fund invites applications for pre-qualification to perform dam safety work to reshape the plunge pool of Kariba Dam, site of three hydroelectric projects on the border of Zambia and Zimbabe.

NHA seeks nominations for 2015 Henwood Award


The National Hydropower Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

Dam Safety and Security


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Area hydro projects shut down, endangered by California fire


Several hydropower projects in California's Sierra Nevada shut down temporarily due to danger from a giant California wildfire but no major damage was reported to hydro facilities.

How Canada Deals with Dam Safety Issues


Canada's push toward the use of a risk-informed approach to dam safety

Upgrading Hebgen Dam to Withstand a Potential Second Earthquake


Upgrade bring Hebgen Dam up to modern seismic design standards

RusHydro completes stabilization work on 840-MW Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant


Russian energy giant JSC RusHydro has completed stabilization work on the Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant.

Canada hydro utility seeks consulting engineering services


Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to provide consulting engineering services to its hydropower and other operations in Manitoba.

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.

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