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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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Inspections show Canyon Lake Dam meets safety standards

Regular inspections show Canyon Lake Dam, CA meets all safety standards. Recent rains have not compromised the structure’s integrity. The dam at Canyon Lake is inspected daily by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District and continues to meet all state safety standards. Recent rain-related issues at Lake Oroville in Northern California has raised awareness of dam […]

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Removal of lightly used Allegheny River locks, dams mulled

PITTSBURGH, PA (AP) — Imagine 160 miles of continuous open water on the Allegheny River from the Kinzua Dam in Warren County to the Natrona dam in Harrison. It’s not just a dream; it’s the subject of two studies: The nonprofit American Rivers, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is studying and advocating for the removal of […]

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Albeni Falls Dam unlike Oroville Dam

OLDTOWN, Idaho — Could Oroville happen here? Officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say no. The spillway at the Albeni Falls Dam is often opened to full spill, said USACE spokesperson Patricia Cook Graesser Feb. 24. That makes the North Idaho dam quite different from its counterpart in Northern California, where concerns about […]

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House starts work on Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan

A key House committee next week will begin the slow process of turning President Trump’s aspiration of a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative into reality. Trump renewed his campaign call for a massive push to update the nation’s roads, bridges, public transportation systems, pipelines and ports during his address to Congress last month, but so far […]

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The Engineering Experience – Explore what life is like as a Purdue engineering student

Thursday, March 9, 2017 I’m Proud to Be… Since yesterday was International Women’s day, I’m inspired to reflect on why I’m proud to be a woman studying engineering at Purdue. …Motivated by Alumnae Purdue alumnae go on to do amazing things! From Patricia Galloway, BSCE ’78, who became the first female president of the American […]

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Trump reportedly pressures WH to craft infrastructure plan; suggests 90-day deadline for states

The White House was pressured this week by President Donald Trump to map out a plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending, one of Trump’s key promises during his presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal said the plan would push states to streamline local permitting, favor renovation of existing roads and highways […]

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Officials: Kittitas County dams solid and secure

Kittitas County’s WA dams are safe and it would take a Cascadia-earthquake-level event to cause a failure like the one that occurred at the Oroville dam, officials said this week. More than 200,000 people living downstream from the Oroville Dam in California were evacuated earlier this month after engineers noticed damage to an emergency spillway. […]

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Aging dams vulnerable; engineers learn from structural failures

Hoover gets all the glory, but Nevada is home to more than 650 dams, nearly a quarter of which are classified as “high hazard” because of what could happen if they fail. State records identify 133 dams in Clark County alone, including 67 high-hazard structures, most of them flood detention basins perched above — and […]

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