If you are a USSD member and are interested in joining or learning more about one of our technical committees, please contact us at Info@USSDams.org.
The USSD Advocacy Committee serves as the clearinghouse to establish the position of USSD for any initiative that supports national, state, and local programs, legislation, and responses to significant events related to dams, levees, and water resources.
USSD annually honors individuals and organizations through three awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, Award of Excellence in the Constructed Project, and Outstanding Paper Award. A President’s Award is given at the discretion of the President.
USSD scholarships are awarded annually to graduate students enrolled in dam-related programs.
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Keeps the membership informed on items of key professional interest and technical activities through the publication of the USSD Newsletter.
Bureau of Reclamation
Plans the technical program for the annual conference.
Black & Veatch
Addresses the role of construction management and construction activities in building and maintaining dams and dam related infrastructure.
Paul GeoTek Engineering
Promotes all aspects of dam safety and security through study, compilation and interchange of information on legislation, policy, technical developments and actual performance and security requirements of dams and reservoirs; maintains information by states as to the laws relating to safety and security of dams and compiles information on dam safety and security incidents or failures of dams. Develop programs and tools which gather and disseminate dam safety and security information, coordinate and provide dam safety and security training for USSD members, and establish cooperative arrangements and partnerships with other organizations for the purpose of enhancing the dam safety and security of dams within the United States.
Bureau of Reclamation
Mohammad Amin Hariri Ardebili
Supports USSD’s Educate Imperative by developing and implementing workshops that attract broad industry participation.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Undertakes special studies, prepares reports and collects and disseminates data regarding the use of synthetic and natural materials in the construction of embankment dams.
Provides a clearinghouse and reference center for environmental concerns and effects resulting from existing and proposed dams.
Studies the overall engineering and geological aspects of foundations for large dams and their appurtenant structures, as well as the reservoir floor and rim. The impact these aspects have on safe performance of the project are also examined.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Compiles, analyzes, develops and disseminates information relating to the hydraulics of dams and appurtenant structures. The scope of Committee activities includes water resources projects in the planning, design, construction and operations phases.
Addresses levee issues, including levee systems, safety and safety programs, risk assessment and management, dam vs. levee concerns, levee security, peer and independent reviews, and other non-technical issues related to levees that are inter-disciplinary.
Compiles, analyzes and publishes information on the monitoring of dams for assuring continuing safe operations.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Develops, maintains and communicates programs and tools which gather and disseminate public safety and security best practices for and around dams.
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Promotes USSD to the general public, presents a balanced view of dams and assists committees and the Board of Directors with media communications.
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