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

09/17/2014

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.

Corps ups releases at four hydro projects to reduce Missouri River flood risk

09/16/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing water releases at the four hydropower projects on the Missouri River to reduce flood risks from heavy late summer rains.

Peru recommends mitigation for 195-MW Araza River hydro complex

09/16/2014

Peru's agency for energy environmental affairs has recommended environmental approval of the 195-MW, three-plant Araza River hydroelectric complex, subject to 15 conditions for environmental mitigation and monitoring.

MWH Global wins contracts for two Pakistani hydropower projects

09/12/2014

Colorado-based water and natural resources consultancy MWH Global has been selected to serve as owner's engineer for the 102-MW Gulpur hydropower project in Pakistan.

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

09/10/2014

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.

Record rainfall straining infrastructure in American southwest

09/09/2014

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

Deadline for HydroVision Brasil 2014 Projects of the Year nominations ends September 10

09/04/2014

PennWell do Brasil, organizer of Power Brasil Events, is still accepting Projects of the Year submissions for HydroVision Brasil, POWER-GEN Brasil and Distribu-TECH Brasil.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan advance water, impact studies of 6,000-MW Grand Renaissance hydro project

09/03/2014

Water ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed to establish a committee to study water resources and socio-environmental effects related to the 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction in Ethiopia.

World Bank calls for greater use of Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

09/03/2014

The World Bank has reviewed the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for hydropower development, concluding that developing countries should make greater use of it and that the bank should explore how to strengthen its financial sustainability.

Fish passage bidding extended again by U.S. at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

09/02/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers further extended the deadline for bids to perform major construction to upgrade the juvenile fish passage facility at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Final blast removes last hydro project on Washington's Elwha River

08/28/2014

A final explosion Aug. 26 removed the remains of 12-MW Glines Canyon Dam, fully opening the Elwha River to salmon passage in Washington's Olympic National Park.

Belgium region names Siemens for waterways, hydro system management

08/27/2014

The integrated hydrologic management agency of Belgium's Wallonia Region has awarded a contract to Siemens SA to provide and maintain operational tools to manage flows of waterways and the hydropower system in the region.

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