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Zambezi authority seeks gate, spillway investigations at Kariba Dam hydro complex


The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) invites applications for pre-qualification to inspect and investigate an emergency gate and spillway of the Kariba Dam hydropower complex on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. 

Australian dam safety officials on alert for possible dam failure in New South Wales


Residents near Jerrara Dam in rural Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia on the NSW South Coast have been ordered to evacuate their homes amidst fear the dam will fail as more than a foot of rain had fallen in the area by 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. 

Seattle City Light evacuates 711-MW Skagit hydropower project amidst wildfire


Safety concerns raised by wildfires have forced utility Seattle City Light to evacuate employees from the town of Diablo, the nearby 711-MW Skagit hydropower complex and the North Cascades Institute's Environmental Learning Center.

USSD workshops set for November in Oakland


The United States Society on Dams 2015 Fall Workshop conference and training event is scheduled for Nov. 2-4, in Oakland, Calif. The workshops will address important issues faced by U.S. and international dam engineering professionals.  

Rowallan Dam rehab

Rowallan Dam refurbishment work wins construction award


The refurbishment work recently completed on Hydro Tasmania’s Rowallan Dam won the utility a Tasmanian Project of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Three missing near 99-MW Jawahar Sagar hydroelectric project in India


According to local officials, higher than normal amounts of water are being released from the 99-MW Jawahar Sagar hydroelectric project. Since July, three people have been swept away by flow released from the project located on the banks of the Chambal River about 14 miles southwest of Kota, the 25th largest district in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.  

Corps seeks geotechnical engineering in U.S. New England District


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites applications for qualification to provide geotechnical engineering services in the Corps' North Atlantic Division, primarily in the New England District.

Minnesota DNR request for US$10 million includes repairs at 8.8-MW St. Cloud hydroelectric facility


Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is petitioning the Minnesota State Legislature for US$10 million to repair six high-hazard dams including the 8.8-MW St. Cloud hydroelectric project, which is the states largest city-owned hydroelectric project. 

Antero Dam rehabilitation

Rehabilitation work under way at Antero Dam in Colorado


Denver Water has begun work on a major rehabilitation project at its Antero Dam, on the South Fork of the South Platte River in Colorado.

USDA seeks dam safety training for NRCS, state dam safety officials


The U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks bids to conduct dam safety training for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and state dam safety officials.

Corps seeks geotechnical firms for dam safety program in western U.S.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to provide geotechnical-focused engineering, investigation and design services for dam and levee safety programs in the western U.S.

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Boone Lake seepage

TVA chooses solution to rehab Boone Dam seepage


Tennessee Valley Authority has arrived at a proposed repair project to correct water seepage and erosion at Boone Dam.

Canada utility seeks dam safety reviews for three Nelson River hydro projects


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to perform three separate dam safety reviews of three hydroelectric projects on Manitoba's Nelson River.

ASDSO awards dam safety scholarship to South Carolina student


The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has awarded its 2015-16 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship to Timothy Sabins, a senior at the University of South Carolina Honors College majoring in civil and environmental engineering.  

Cannonsville Dam leaking

Cannonsville Dam: Work being performed to repair leak at future hydro site


The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced work is under way to repair Cannonsville Dam, which has been leaking muddy water.

Dam safety part of USSD call for papers, deadline approaches


Members of the United States Society on Dams (USSD) and the International Commission on Large Dams, and all professionals involved in dams, levees and water resources engineering are invited to submit abstracts for proposed papers, oral presentations and/or posters for the USSD annual conference.

U.S. again extends bidding for boat barrier at 810-MW Lower Monumental hydro project


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

Reclamation, New Mexico State partner for UAV dam safety program


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced a partnership with New Mexico State University to develop a dam inspection program that uses unmanned aircraft systems.

U.S. extends bidding for boat barrier at 810-MW Lower Monumental hydro project


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

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