Environmental

Unprecedented heavy rainfall in northern Saskatchewan has put SaskPower’s 111-MW Island Falls Hydro Station in a state of emergency, according to a press release. Due to high water levels on the Churchill River, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) is involved in making release plans throughout the river system. As part of this effort, SaskPower...
HYDROVISION International

After gathering extensive insight from the global hydroelectric power community, HYDROVISION International, in partnership with its media brand Hydro Review, is launching a new platform to provide timely and informative programming year-round: the HYDRO+ Series. Our world has changed more than we could have imagined over the past few months, and one result is that...
Dam Safety

Michigan’s Department of Attorney General has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation, civil fines and the cleanup and restoration of damages caused by Boyce Hydro’s negligence in the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams last month. The department filed the suit on behalf of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and Department...
Dam Safety

Sunday, May 31, is National Dam Safety Awareness Day in the U.S. According to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, this is a day dedicated to remembering the lessons learned from past dam failures; pushing for strong dam safety programs; encouraging investment in America’s critical infrastructure; and rededicating ourselves to the effective public-private partnerships...
Dam Safety

The Wyoming Area Office of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation says it is preparing for contract construction work at Alcova Dam following the 2020 irrigation season. “Completion of this project is important in order to ensure the continued reliability of the spillway structure,” said Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca. “It includes replacing...
Dam Safety

Two dams have failed in Michigan, leading to the evacuation of many people in Midland County. Edenville Dam is on the border of Midland and Gladwin counties, on the Tittabawassee River. Its failure led to the reported failure of Sanford Lake Dam downstream. The two failures forced evacuations in Midland County, and the governor has...
Dam Safety

Sardoba Dam in Uzbekistan failed on May 1, leading to the immediate evacuation of 11,600 people downstream, multiple news agencies are reporting. The dam, on the Sirdaryo River in the Sirdaryo region, was completed in 2017 after seven years of work. It impounds 922 million cubic meters of water, used to irrigate agricultural lands in...
Dam Safety

The Spencer Dam Independent Investigation Panel has prepared its final report on the failure of Spencer Dam that occurred in northern Nebraska on March 14, 2019. The report focuses on the physical causes of the failure, the human and organizational causes, and the lessons to be learned from the failure. The investigation panel submitted the...