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United States Society on Dams joins Infrastructure Week 2017

For Immediate Release April 20, 2017 Media Contact: Gene Guilford, gene@ussdams.org / 860-989-0756   United States Society on Dams Joins Infrastructure Week 2017 Infrastructure Week – May 15-19, 2017 – is a week-long series of events raising awareness about why it is #TimeToBuild better infrastructure for our country [Denver, CO., April 20, 2017] – Today, the […]

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Making American Hydropower Great Again

In recent remarks to an industry roundtable, President Donald Trump said, “You know, hydropower is a great, great form of power. But we don’t even talk about it anymore because the permits are virtually impossible. [Hydropower] is one of the best things you can do, but we don’t even talk about it anymore.” For those […]

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Nature Conservancy Releases Results of Lake Champlain Basin Dam Study

Montpelier, VT, April 4, 2017—The Nature Conservancy has published the results of its Dam Screening Tool for the Lake Champlain Basin. The Dam Screening Tool assessed four-hundred dams and categorized them into five tiers based on the significance of their ecological impacts on Vermont’s waterways, such as blocked fish passage and fragmentation of river ecosystems. […]

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USSD Supports Orange County, CA STEM Program

The United States Society on Dams is pleased to announce that at its recently completed 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, California, USSD presented a check for $4,755 to the Orange County STEM program. Pictured here is Leyla Riley, Executive Director of OCSTEM, and Dr. Suma Balachandran, Vice President of GENTERRA Consultants, USSD’s local coordinator […]

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Xcel Energy urges safety near dams

Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed this week “Dam Safety Awareness Week” in Wisconsin, and Xcel Energy is reminding recreational and fishing enthusiasts to be safe around dams and hydroelectric facilities. “Boating or canoeing above or below a dam can be very dangerous, especially if the flow changes and your boat is anchored in a hazardous […]

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Optimism rising for infrastructure deal

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is grabbing some of the spotlight in Washington after Republicans’ bruising defeat on healthcare. The rebuilding package was expected to sit on the sidelines until the fall, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill think that timeline could be accelerated with more room on the legislative agenda and an administration eager […]

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Making water infrastructure a priority

Even though it is invisible to most Americans, every community across this country relies on a complex system of reservoirs, aqueducts, dams, levees, treatment plants, pumping stations, and millions of miles of pipes forming our water infrastructure. For decades, most Americans haven’t given much thought to our water systems, not worrying where water comes from […]

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An ‘All of the Above’ Approach to Infrastructure

Investing in U.S. infrastructure may be one of the few bipartisan efforts that financial institutions, manufacturers, policy makers and workers can all get behind. The new Coalition to Modernize America’s Infrastructure is a diverse group that advocates four principles for a truly transformative infrastructure package. In the days following the presidential election, infrastructure seemed a […]

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$460 million Power Project upgrade reaches halfway point

LEWISTON, NY – The Niagara Power Project keeps churning out hydroelectric power with its newly installed turbines, just as it has for the past 56 years. The state’s hydropower supports some 400,000 jobs, New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said at the plant Thursday. Many of the jobs are in new, […]

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Pacific Power relicensed to run Wallowa County hydro project

Federal energy regulators will allow Pacific Power to continue operating the Wallowa Falls hydro project for the next 40 years, while also requiring additional protections for bull trout in the Wallowa River. The facility, located south of Joseph near Wallowa Lake, consists of a dam on the river’s east fork that diverts water to a […]

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