I was recently made aware of an excellent reference from the US Bureau of Reclamation regarding best practices and risk methodology for assessing dams. This is a reference manual to accompany a course offering, but […]
The Geo-Institute has released the 2013 Terzaghi Lecture onto their YouTube channel. “Skip” Hendron, Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented his lecture on “Improving Dam Safety with Lessons Learned from Case Histories […]
Came accross and interesting profile of this gentleman from FEMA who is their top Dam Safety expert. James Demby is the senior technical and policy adviser and program manager for the FEMA National Dam Safety […]
‘Dams Sector facilities provide a host of benefits, from flood protection to crop irrigation; however, the potential for their failure also presents a source of great danger with disastrous consequences. To avoid failures, it is […]
The Association of State Dam Safety Officials publishes a great collection of news links every month. In this batch, there are a number of articles related to the TVA coal ash dam failure, including links […]
Contact: Garrett Russo, Press Secretary, American Rivers, (202) 347-7550; Stephanie Lindloff, American Rivers, (518) 482-2631
Washington, D.C. â€” With dams across the country falling into disrepair, dam owners in 12 states have chosen to eliminate obsolete infrastructure by removing their dams. An annual survey of government agencies and private conservation organizations shows that 54 dams in 12 states have been removed or are slated for removal in 2007.
Vicksburg, Miss. â€“ The Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET) reaffirmed today that the New Orleans-area risk maps released on June 20, 2007, are correct. A data error discovered in the draft technical supporting documentation released by IPET on Nov. 7 raised questions about risk map accuracy for two sections of New Orleans.
How to Find the One in Your Backyard
Washington, D.C. [Editor] Thursday, October 4, 2007 by American Rivers (Contact info at bottom of press release) [/Editor] â€” More than ten thousand dams across America could become killers if they fail and 1,333 of those dams are considered structurally deficient. Today, on CNNâ€™s American Morning, an alarming story by Sean Callebs showed the dire state of our nationâ€™s dams. In one instance in Ohio, hundreds of people live right on top of a dam that has been deemed structurally deficient by engineers.
Nearly 100 villagers living upstream from the Three Gorges dam have been forced to leave their homes under threat of a landslide, which officials fear was disturbed during the filling of the dam’s reservoir last year, Xinhua News Agency reported last week. Read on for more info. (Photo by enkai)