Dam Safety

Rezatec, in association with Detection Services, will provide geospatial analytics to monitor structural and environmental change at Hunter Water’s Grahamstown Dam until 2023. After a successful initial deployment, which proved correlation of Rezatec’s analytical insights with previous events and subsequent works, Hunter Water has moved forward with a three-year subscription to monitor the dam in...
Environmental

Electric utilities in the western U.S. are dealing with significant impacts due to wildfires raging in the region, with 87 large fires having burned more than 4.6 million acres in 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Several utilities have released updates, including PacifiCorp, the California Department of Water Resources, Pacific Gas &...
Dam Safety

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has submitted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer its status report summarizing the department’s actions during and after the failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams in May and outlining the status of reviews of the state’s dam safety operations. The Preliminary Report on the Edenville Dam...
Jobs and People

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced that Dena Barnhouse was chosen to serve as chief of the Division of Water Resources. In this role, Barnhouse will oversee the division’s efforts to manage statewide regulation of dams and levees, floodplain management, and the collection of data for water inventory and planning. An...
Dam Safety

With the submission of the B.F. Sisk Dam Safety of Dams Modification Report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation moved forward on work on its “largest dam safety project” under the 1978 Safety of Dams Act. This work is expected to cost $1.1 billion and, when complete, will modernize the structure...
Finance

Multiple news agencies are reporting that Boyce Hydro LLC and Boyce Hydro Power LLC have filed for bankruptcy, citing court records filed July 31. Boyce Hydro owns the Edenville and Sanford dams in Michigan, which failed in May, along with the Secord and Smallwood dams, on the Tittabawassee River in Midland and Gladwin counties. MLive...
Dam Safety

Studio Pietrangeli recently signed a contract with Enel Green Power to design the rehabilitation of Pontecosi Dam, located in Tuscany, Italy. Pontecosi is a concrete gravity dam built about 100 years ago, in 1925, on the Serchio River. It is 33 m high and impounds Pontecosi Lake, with a capacity of about 3 million m3....
Dam Safety

Black & Veatch announces that John Bianco has joined the company as civil works program manager. Climate change, shifting population demographics and an increasing focus on resiliency are reshaping infrastructure initiatives across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Bianco has joined Black & Veatch to better support USACE as it strives to meet these...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the U.S. proposes to update its hydropower project safety regulations to promote continued safe operation, maintenance and repair at jurisdictional projects to ensure the protection of life, health and property in surrounding communities.  The proposed changes to part 12 of FERC’s regulations are outlined in a Notice of...