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...
New Development

Meridiam has signed a concession contract with the government of Gabon for the 34-MW run-of-river Kinguele Aval hydropower plant. Located on the Mbei River, 100 km east of the capital city of Libreville, the Kinguele Aval Hydropower Project will deliver about 13% of the electricity needs of Libreville. This power plant will help replace thermal...
Environmental

Several of the winners of the 2019 Clean Energy BC awards are hydroelectric projects. CEBC says: “Each of this year’s winners has made a meaningful impact to those around them through their hard work and dedication to advancing clean energy.” In the Operational Excellence category, the winner was: Forrest Kerr Hydro facility, owned by Axium...
Job Transitions

Fred Jay Ayer III, former executive director of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, passed away in late October. He was 72. He started his career at a furniture factory but then was hired as a draftsman at Kleinschmidt & Dutting Engineering, where he was asked to develop a permitting and licensing group to assist clients...
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...
New Development

The International Hydropower Association announces it has published a how-to guide for hydropower developers and operators that aims to increase knowledge and understanding of benefit sharing in project development. The How-to Guide on Hydropower Benefit Sharing will help decision-makers identify and deliver socioeconomic benefits to communities, while assisting companies to avoid business risks and improve...