Dam Design and Construction

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input on the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Reclamation proposes raising the 600-foot-tall Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet, which would increase water storage capacity in Shasta Lake by 634,000 acre-feet or more than 200 billion gallons. “We are pleased...
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...
Small Hydro

The first of two units of the 7.2-MW Song Nhiem 4 hydro project in Vietnam has been connected to the grid, according to Dongfang Electric Corporation. The small hydro plant is located in Niem Tong Commune, Meo Vac District, Ha Giang Province. It is being developed by the Song Da Joint Stock Company 4. The...
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...
Dam Safety

On July 13, while performing weekly inspections, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District (Corps) discovered a turbine thrust bearing at its 1,050-MW Bonneville Dam project had leaked 100 gallons of oil into the Columbia River. The Corps has stopped the leak and is in the process of repairing the equipment. Corps officials notified...
Dam Safety

On July 21, Hydro Review will be hosting a webcast that will increase attendees’ understanding of the importance of safety, debris, ice and security booms. Attendees at this webcast — called Boom Design for Safety, Debris and Security — will hear from three experts who will discuss that while understanding of the importance of booms...