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


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


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.


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


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


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.

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Reclamation welcomes public to Minidoka Dam spillway reopening ceremony


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


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”


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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HydroVision International 2015 offers special program for power producers


Qualifying members of the hydroelectric power sector are once again eligible to take part in the Power Producer Training Program, giving them discounted access to HydroVision International 2015.

Low-head dam safety includes signage, awareness and possible removal


As the number of people attracted to water recreational opportunities at low-head dams will increase in the U.S. during the coming summer months, water-related accidents and deaths are inevitable.  

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Seismic impact on Himalyan hydropower development


The huge earthquake that rocked Nepal this week and killed more than 4000 people has had a profound impact on the national infrastructure. One of the worst ‘quakes to hit the region for the better part of a century, images of the damage to roads, bridges and buildings are dramatic.

Nigeria seeks dam safety training, design, studies, supervision of dam work


The government of Nigeria invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide dam safety training, design and feasibility studies and construction supervision of multi-purpose reservoir and irrigation projects.

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Two workers missing after crane accident at Amistad Dam


Two employees of the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission are missing after a crane accident occurred on Wednesday, April 29 at Amistad Dam. 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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