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Rasmussen Poll: 23% Rate Local Infrastructure As Poor

President Trump has talked about a major federal plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure, and Democrats are receptive. Americans aren’t overly concerned about infrastructure problems, though, and see them primarily as a state responsibility. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 14-15, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin […]

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USSD Celebrates Engineers Week, Feb 19-24, 2017

  USSD is proud to join hundreds of groups all across the nation in celebrating Engineers Week, February 19-25, 2017. This year’s theme for Engineer’s Week is “Engineers Dream Big!” The IMAX movie, “Dream Big, Engineering Our World,” is a magnificent celebration of the creativity and passion that embodies engineering beyond the math and science. […]

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What the Oroville Dam Disaster Says About America’s Aging Infrastructure

This past week, heavy winter rain caused a 250-foot-long section of northern California’s Oroville Dam’s principal spillway to collapse. In response, state officials began releasing water from an adjacent emergency spillway, leading to the unexpected and rapid erosion of the ground below and the evacuation of 180,000 residents from their homes. What’s needed now is […]

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A Sip of Science: A different type of hydropower: The rise of marine hydrokinetic energy

Hydropower is recognized as a clean, renewable energy, but traditional hydropower, typically generated by dams on rivers, can significantly impact the overall flow regime, sediment transport, and ecology of our waterways. Thus, new technologies are being explored that hopes to minimize our environmental footprint while continuing to provide clean, renewable energy. In-streams turbines, also referred […]

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Support the Columbia River Dams

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bonneville Power Administration are planning to make changes to the Columbia River System operations. The Columbia River System consists of 14 different federal projects in the Columbia Basin, including the Columbia River dams. When completed, the plan will contain a range of management […]

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$900M Folsom Dam spillway project nearing completion

The Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project is in its last phase and on schedule to finish by October, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District. The $900 million structure, which runs parallel to Folsom Lake Crossing, has been in construction since 2008 and is a joint project between several federal and state […]

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MVSD chairman cites two studies, dam inspection and engineers for new opinion of dam’s safety

MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio – Atty. Matt Blair, chairman of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District board of directors, who raised red flags about cracks in MVSD buildings and Meander Dam, has reversed course, saying the cracks in the dam poses no danger to the public. On Thursday, Blair cited multiple sources – a final engineering report […]

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Oroville Dam Spillway

Evacuation orders were delivered to residents surrounding Lake Oroville at approximately 4:30pm on Sunday. DWR has been monitoring conditions at Lake Oroville’s main and auxiliary spillways around the clock for signs of erosion that could threaten the integrity of the emergency spillway and allow large, uncontrolled flows to the Feather River. To lower the lake […]

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Improvement Project Blocks Record Year at Hydroelectric Plant

CLOUD, MN — The St. Cloud Hydroelectric Plant was on pace to set a new output record in 2016. That is, until a $3,500,000 trip-gate project forced the plant to lower the water level. Plant Manager Daryl Stang says it’s bittersweet… “Obviously, we had a barge and a crane in the river. Last year would […]

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Massive gate replaced at TD dam

On Tuesday morning, contractors used heavy-duty cranes to lower a new upstream gate at The Dalles Lock & Dam. The gate, which weighs 110.5 tons, is a vital piece of machinery for operation of the navigation locks, and represents the most important component of the annual maintenance upgrades and repairs at the dam this winter. […]

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