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USSD’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

USSD’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Ken Hansen, in recognition of his more than 50 years as arguably the most widely recognized author, lecturer, and consultant on roller-compacted concrete (RCC) for new dam construction and dam rehabilitation in the United States. His passionate and steadfast commitment to the advancement of soil-cement and RCC practice […]

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National Organizations Commemorate National Dam Safety Awareness Day – May 31st

May 31, 2016 For Immediate Release Contact: Gene Guilford, U.S. Society on Dams, gene@ussdams.org, 860-989-0756 Lori Spragens, Association of State Dam Safety Officials, lspragens@damsafety.org, 859-550-2788 Linda Church Ciocci, National Hydropower Association, linda@hydro.org, 202-750-8399 Theresa Engler, Deep Foundations Institute, tengler@dfi.org, 973-423-4030 Lynn Badgley, American Society of Civil Engineers, lbadgley@asce.org, 703-295-6406 May 31st is National Dam Safety […]

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Cannelton hydroelectric plant nears completion

A hydroelectric plant under construction for nearly seven years next to the Cannelton Locks and Dam is almost finished and is expected to begin generating electricity for customers in March, according to a company official. American Municipal Power began building the 84-megawatt, triple-unit plant on the Ohio River in 2009 at a cost then estimated […]

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USSD 2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers – It’s a Small World: Managing Our Water Resources

On behalf of John Wolfhope of Freese & Nichols, Inc., President of the USSD Board of Directors, and Dina Hunt of MWH, Chair of USSD’s 2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, it is our pleasure to issue this Call for Papers for USSD’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Our 2017 event will be held at the Marriott Hotel […]

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In the CPP Era, Hydro Is More Important Than Ever

As the US National Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), the United States Society on Dams (USSD) is the nation’s foremost organization for advancing the role of dams and levee systems in America, as well as for building the community of practice among the thousands of professional engineers who work on dam […]

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Local officials drink in what the new Ragged Mountain Dam provides

“Cold and slightly damp, standing over a remote body of water collecting Thursday morning’s rainfall, local government and utility officials smiled as they held a toast to the world’s most important natural resource.” From the Charlottesville Daily Post, May 5, 2016. Read the entire article here.

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Iraq’s Mosul Dam at risk of bursting as erosion takes its toll

Othman Mahmoud al-Barazinj is a farmer who has been living in the shadow of Iraq’s largest dam ever since the colossal facility was established in the 1980s. Now in his 60s, Othman and fellow villagers in the town of Wana, 22 miles (35km) north-east of Mosul, still depend on the dam as a vital source […]

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Flood Damage Repairs Underway At Lewisville Lake Dam

The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues its efforts to repair the 161-foot long embankment slide which occurred during the floods last year at the Lewisville Lake Dam. Bristol General Contractors, LLC, the slide repair contractor, has been on site since last week and is constructing haul roads on government property next […]

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Hydro Needed to Meet 2020 Carbon Goal

The headline above is from the April 25th editorial in the Boston Globe. The editorial underscores the tremendous importance of hydro, particularly the new hydro coming from Hydro Quebec via the “Northern Pass” project, in meeting the goals of the EPA Clean Power Plan for states in the Northeast. Kinder-Morgan recently withdrew plans to construct […]

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Dam Rehabilitation Bill Introduced in the Senate

Our partners at ASCE reported on April 22nd that “Sen Jack Reed (D-RI) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide funding assistance to rehabilitate, repair or remove nonfederal high hazard deficient dams. ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave the nation’s dams a grade of “D” and recommended that […]

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