Dam Safety

The Associated Press has published an article about its “more than two-year investigation” into the condition of dams across the U.S. AP says it obtained federal data and reports under state open records laws, and its review “identified 1,688 high-hazard dams rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition as of last year in 44 states and...
Dam Safety

As part of a statewide effort in California to reduce seismic and hydrologic risk to State Water Project facilities, the California Department of Water Resources’ Castaic Dam Modernization Program begins this week with an assessment of a stream release structure. DWR will assess the integrity of a 60-foot-wide rectangular concrete chute used to pass natural...
Dam Safety

A dam in Argentine Township in Michigan, called Lobdell Lake Dam, is releasing excess water downstream due to a gate being stuck open. The Tri-County Times reported on Facebook that the dam is broken and “Lobdell Lake is losing approximately 4 ½ inches of water a day.” In a Nov. 3 Facebook post, Argentine Township...
Dam Safety

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has changed Mojave River Dam’s risk characterization from low to high urgency of action, as a result of recent risk assessment findings that during an extreme flood event, water could exceed the dam’s design capacity and overtop it. This could potentially result in dam failure, flooding the communities of...
Dam Safety

Nicholson Construction says it was recently named general contractor by Grant County Public Utility District for remedial foundation drain work on its Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams. Nicholson will focus on reconditioning foundation drains by core drilling 3.375-inch-diameter holes on both dams, which may be experiencing reduced flows or blocking by unknown materials or foreign...
Dams and Civil Structures

Nominations for the Women with Hydro Vision awards program are now open at HydroReview.com. The Women with Hydro Vision program is designed to recognize exemplary women who have made or are continuing to make significant contributions to the hydroelectric power industry. Nominations for the 2020 Women with Hydro Vision program are due by the end of day Friday, Jan. 31, 2020,...