Job Transitions

Kim de Rubertis passed away Sept. 7. He was 81. De Rubertis had a degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and was licensed to practice civil and geological engineering, as well as engineering geology and hydrogeology. He worked in engineering for 59 years, 44 of those years in private practice as...
Dam Safety

The navigation lock at Bonneville Dam was closed on Thursday, Sept. 5, after lock operators detected problems with the lock during operation. Engineers dewatered the lock Sept. 6, performed an inspection and discovered that the downstream concrete sill, against which lock gates create a water-tight seal, had cracks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers —...
Dam Safety

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has received the 2019 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award for Buckeye Lake Dam from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) determined the nearly 200-year-old earthen dam at Buckeye Lake to be at risk for catastrophic...
Dam Design and Construction

Although opinions differ, it is generally accepted that the Upper Midwest of the U.S. is the birthplace of modern hydropower. The first hydropower plant to operate was installed in Michigan in 1880, and in 1882, the first hydro facility to serve private and commercial customers began operating in Wisconsin. According to the Minnesota Department of...
Environmental

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the east coast of the U.S., dam owners seem to be faring well, with no major damage or breaches reported to date. The storm has now reached the southern Mid-Atlantic area, the National Weather Service reports, with minor to moderate coastal flooding and damaging winds. The service reports...
Dam Safety

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation has evaluated the potential environmental impacts of various alternatives to reduce seismic risks at B.F. Sisk Dam in California and says the recommended action will address potential seismic-induced destabilization of the dam, reduce safety concerns and maintain water supply deliveries to state and federal water contractors.