The United States Society on Dams (USSD) is dedicated to advancing the role of dam and levee systems and building the community of practice.  As the United States member of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), USSD provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences and is charged with leading the profession of dam and levee engineering.

USSD is led by a Board of Directors representing all sectors of the industry, including consultants, contractors, owners, and academia.  USSD members are encouraged to actively participate in committees which work to address current technical issues for dam and levee engineering.

President's Message

President’s Message Summer 2021

I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of the US Society on Dams. Without question USSD is home to the best and brightest minds when it comes to the ins and outs of dams and levees. Our fingerprints are on virtually all aspects of their care and oversight including policy, legislation, planning, design, engineering evaluations and analysis, construction, education, risk, guidelines, training, forensics, and host of other areas. When it comes to dams and levees there is no other group of people I respect more.

The proof of this statement is shown in the strength of our organization and its members. In the last three years our membership ranks have grown by 15% and the organization’s financial position remains stable. This growth and success have continued through the most significant pandemic our country and world has seen in over 100 years.

None of this is an accident. The accomplishments of USSD have happened because we are all working on its behalf. We have an outstanding group of members, and great people attract more great people. We have dedicated staff in Sharon Powers and Tonia Bengtson who handle all day-to-day aspects of our organization to keep it functioning and on track. We have dynamic committees that are working hard on providing valuable insights and opinions on a wide range of topics both nationally and internationally. And we have a passionate group of leaders on the board of directors who look to the future to help guide us forward.

The result of all this work is an organization that is greater than the sum of its parts.

As USSD’s t President, my vision for the next two years is to work alongside all of you and help us continue on this same path. This path includes working with FEMA to help develop the first Unified Tailings Dam Guidelines in the US. This path includes issuing white papers on a variety of technical topics. This path includes being actively involved with ICOLD internationally on committees, bulletins and initiatives. This path includes continuing to attract more great people to our ranks to help address the multitude of issues our dams and levees face. This path includes regular and ongoing training and education for our members to improve their skills and abilities. And this path is open and welcome to anyone who wishes to care as much as we do about the vital role dams and levees play in our world.

Thank you for joining me on this path. All of us are thrilled you are here, and we’re excited to be working next to you.