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The Dam Safety Coalition favors the creation of a federal funding program to repair the nation's unsafe dams.

Dams provide tremendous benefits to society but they also represent a public safety issue. A dam failure can result in severe loss of life, economic disaster and extensive environmental damage.

Dams are a vital part of our nation's infrastructure - providing drinking water, flood protection, renewable hydroelectric power, navigation, irrigation and recreation. These critical daily benefits are also inextricably linked to the potential harmful consequences of a dam failure.

The Need for a Dam Rehabilitation Program - It is estimated that $10.1 billion is needed to address the nation's most critical dams. Needed repairs to publicly owned dams are estimated at $5.9 billion. The case for a national program to fix these dams summarized in the this brochure.

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September 19, 2011, Insurance Journal, Corps Pegs 2011 Flood Damage to Levees at $2B

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will cost more than $2 billion to repair the damage to the nation’s levees, dams and riverbanks caused by this year’s excessive flooding, a sum that dwarfs $150 million it currently has to make such repairs and that doesn’t account for damage from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. Read the full story

September 15, 2011, The Washington Post, Dam Removal Movement Gathers Steam

Check out these photos of Glines Canyon and the Elwha River Dam. These dams are scheduled to be removed, making it the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. View photos

September 9, 2011, CNN.com, River begins to recede in Pennsylvania, but flooding persists

The swollen Susquehanna River began receding in northern Pennsylvania on Friday as authorities there and in other eastern U.S. states hit by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee warned the crisis is not over. Read the full story

August 30, 2011, The New York Times, On Dams, Gutters, Floods and Climate Resilience

An article focused on hurricanes, record-breaking rainfalls and what the impacts are for aging dams and the communities that surround them. Read the full story

August 20, 2011, The Argus Leader, Pierre crowd hoots at corps' explanation for inundation

Crowds in Pierre boo Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Rep. John Mica (R-FL), Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and local Corps leaders over the management of therecent flooding the state has seen. Read the full story

August 18, 2011, Chicago Tribune, Sacrifices needed from governors to avert floods

Months of historic flooding have governors along the Missouri River ready to join forces, but experts warn that real change will require unpopular sacrifices and a new approach to controlling the nation's longest river. Read the full story

August 18, 2011, NOLA.com, East bank levee board calls for more study of Corps plan to "armor" levees

The east bank levee board Thursday joined its voice to the calls asking the Army Corps of Engineers to slow down as the federal agency considers how to protect the area's levees. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is one of several groups seeking a deeper study into what kinds of materials should be used to ensure the levees remain standing even in the face of a storm surge that tops them. Read the full story

August 17, 2011, NJ.com, Raceway Dam in Bridgeton a "high hazzard" in 2009 county report

The Sunset Lake Raceway Dam was listed as a high hazard in a 2009 county report. Seeley's Mill Pond Dam received a "low hazard" rating. Both failed state inspections following Sunday's storm. Read the full story

August 17, 2011, PRNewswire, California's Water Prospects Remain Stormy

The future of California's water supply is anything but clear. A recent survey from infrastructure firm HNTB Corporation finds that just one-third of the Golden State's residents realize flooding is a threat, and many Californian's aren't aware levees play a crucial role in preventing them. Read the full story

August 17, 2011, Hydroworld.com, US seeks repairs to nine Tennessee dams

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks bids from small businesses to repair storm damages to nine dams in Tennessee. Bids in seperate solicitations are due Sept. 6,7, and 8. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, awarded $60 million in contracts in 2009 for professional services related to dam safety assessment, design, design review, and construction management. Read the full story

August 15, 2011, Tukwila Reporter, Engineers run more tests at Howard Hanson Dam along Green River

Engineers, geologists and other scientists continue to run a bettery of tests on the right abutment drainage improvements at the Howard Hanson Dam. The reservoir at the dam along the Green River reached a summer elevation of 1,167 feet in June to allow for more tests at the abutment, which was damaged by a storm in January 2009. Read the full story

August 12, 2011, Associated Press, Missourians opposed to river-taming effort

Another year, another "flood of the century" on the Mississippi River. But while the lower Mississippi has a plan for major flooding, the upper part of the nation's largest waterway is more subject to nature's whims. Read the full story

August 11,2011, The Republic, Nearly $100 million fix on 50-year old dam under way in western Maricopa County

Maricopa County is set to begin a $98 million project to rehabilitate an aging dam that for 50-plus years has protected an area that has now become a populated Phoenix suburb. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the 18-mile McMicken Dam in 1956 to protect Luke Air Force Base from flooding. Read the full story

August 11, 2011, International Water Power & Dam Construction, Succession Planning

The US Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking dam safety training in a virtual university environment. Nancy J Sticht explains how retiring engineers are passing on their expertise to younger colleagues in this unique program. Read the full story

August 11, 2011, International Water Power & Dam Construction, Safety first at low head dams

Although small in size, low head dams can be a great danger for recreational river users. A recent drowning at a US dam has highlighed why both dam owners and the general public must put safety at the forefront of their minds. Read the full story

August 10, 2011, Daily Nonpareil Online, Troops monitor levees for flaws

Second Lt. Jennifer Newman is a transportation officer in charge of the Iowa National Guard's Alpha Company of the 248th Aviation Support Battalion. A typical assignment for Newman is running troops through .50 caliber exercises at the gun range. But for now, she is in charge of 51 troops walking the levees surrounding Council Bluffs. Read the full story

August 1,2011, Sioux City Journal.com, Reduced releases on schedule at Gavin's Point Dam

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Sunday that the situation with Missouri River flooding remains unchanged. The level of releases from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., will be dropped to 150,000 cubic feet per second today, as previously announced. On Saturday, the releases dropped from 160,000 cfs to 155,000 cfs, Jody Farhat, chief of the Northwest Division Missouri River basin water management division, said during the daily briefing. Read the full story

July 24, 2011, Lohud.com, Holding Back Danger: Region's Aging Dams Await Repairs; Costs Reach into Millions

Taxpayers and owners are spending millions of dollars to repair dams along Lower Hudson Valley waterways as the region's "high-hazard" structures show signs of age and the state steps up enforcement to prevent failures. "They're older structures down your way, some 100 years old or more," said Alon Dominitz, an engineer and chief of the state's dam safety program in Albany. It's rare that we inspect a dam and find no deficiencies." A Journal News computer-assisted analysis of the dams in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam identified 16 "high-hazard" dams that hold potential danger along with millions of gallons of water. Read the full story.

July 15, 2011, The Daily Gleaner

In response to flooding New Brunswick which took place last December, the province is creating a working group to examine dam management. This group will include representatives from several departments. There are about 240 dams in New Brunswick and local legislation dictates that each owner is responsible for the safety of their dam. This leads to disparities in dam safety and maintenance across the area. Read the full story

July 14, 2011, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed SB42 which allows the Alaska Energy Authority pursue the Susitan dam project. The Governor wants half of the state’s electricity to be generated from renewable energy sources by 2025 and he believes this project is vital to reaching that goal. Read the full story

July 10, 2011, Bakersfield.com

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is concerned about the water levels of two earthen dams at Isabella Lake since the safety zone of the reservoir has been exceeded. The Corps is working to decrease the water level by increase downstream outflows. Five years ago, the Corps categorized the 58 year old Isabella dam system as one of the most at-risk facilities nationwide. Read the full story

 

 

 

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