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Latest Dam Safety News - Compiled by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials 06/29/10 Dam failures and incidents in Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas, Canada, Peru….New Taum Sauk reservoir incorporates advanced safety features....Multiple parties held responsible for Hadlock Pond dam breach....Alleged dam plot thwarted.....California: Corps gives OK to most existing trees on 42-mile stretch of levees; officials seek input on comprehensive flood-control plan for Central Valley..... NATIONAL & "GENERAL INTEREST" NEWS Dams Cutting Off 400 Million People From Food and Income . 06/03/2010, National Geographic News An examination of the social and environmental impacts of dam construction worldwide New Research Finds 472 Million People Worldwide Have Potentially Been Affected by Dams . 06/08/2010, [Nature Conservancy Press Release] Global analysis examines social and environmental impacts of dams; suggests mitigation measures for adverse effects. Contributors to “Lost in Development’s Shadow: The Downstream Consequences of Dams” include The Nature Conservancy, the Global Water Policy Project, the California Institute of Technology, McGill University, and the University of Virginia’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Of Oil Spills and Big Dams: What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us . 06/03/2010, Huffington Post This article compares dams to oil rigs and describes how the public is unprepared for the hazards associated with them. EPA Proposes New Rule for Coal Ash Storage . 06/10/2010, Water World In order to avoid groundwater contamination and safety hazards, the EPA has proposed a rule to ensure that coal-fired power plants dispose of coal ash safely. Levee repair plan under fire from environmentalists; Use of coal ash being questioned . 06/26/2010, Belleville News-Democrat Environmental groups question USACE plans to use coal ash to fortify levees along the Mississippi River in southern Illinois. STATE-BY-STATE & INTERNATIONAL NEWS Arizona District hopes to repair dam with federal grant and one-time tax hike . 06/10/2010, TriValley Central Property owners may face a tax increase in an effort to receive up to $9 million in local matching funds from the federal government to fix Magma Dam. Pinal panel delays project in area of dam due for repairs . 06/23/2010, TriValley Central Magma Dam, which is in need of repair, threatens residential development. 'Verbal OK' is heard for dike repair funds . 06/24/2010, USDA NRCS has verbally approved Magma Flood Control District application for 65% federal funding of Magma Dam repairs, estimated to cost $14.4 million. The county Planning and Zoning Commission has discussed future residential development near the dam. Arkansas NE Arkansas county justices reject measure mandated by FEMA regarding flood insurance . 06/03/2010, WREG- Memphis Mississippi County justices have rejected a measure that would create a flood-damage prevention program that FEMA says the county needs. California Clock is ticking on Central Valley flood-control plan . 05/30/2010, Sacramento Bee State officials must complete a flood-control plan for the Central Valley that aims to identify weaknesses in the Valley's network of levees, weirs and bypasses, and suggest ways to fix those problems. Estimated cost for study: $20 million. Yuba Levees Get Key Nod From Feds . 06/01/2010, KCRA Sacramento FEMA notified California officials that 29 miles of levees meet their certification criteria. Fight looms over removal of Searsville Dam . 06/02/2010, San Francisco Chronicle On the pros and cons of the potential removal of 118-yr-old Searsville Dam. Governor signs cost-share bill for Delta levees . 06/04/2010, Capital Press Gov. Schwarzenegger signs SB 808, extending the state's cost-share program for Delta levee repairs. Dredge the rivers? Flood officials say levee foundations key . 06/05/2010, Appeal-Democrat- Marysville Property owners in Sutter and Butte counties are voting whether to approve property assessments to support improvements levees on the Feather River's western bank. Project total: $250 million. Corps 'closest' yet to acquiring dam properties . 06/07/2010, Porterville Recorder USACE to acquire properties in order to fix seismic and seepage issues at Success Lake dam. Plan in works for construction of flood control dam . 06/22/2010, The Desert Sun- Palm Springs Construction of Eagle Canyon flood control dam could be finished as early as 2011. Levee trees in Natomas can stay, says Army Corps of Engineers . 06/26/2010, News10.net USACE decides that trees are not compromising the integrity of Natomas-area levees; approves request by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency to keep trees on all but about half a mile of the 42-mile stretch in question. Canada Victoria refuses to answer questions about dam safety audits . 06/19/2010, Vancouver Sun Dam safety officials are undertaking "rapid assessments" of BC dams following the June 13 failure of Testalinden Lake dam. Landslide highlights issue of dam safety . 06/22/2010, Nanaimo Daily News Recent seismic study concludes century-old structures in south Nanaimo would not withstand a major quake. Hundreds of aging B.C. dams pose safety risk . 06/25/2010, Vancouver Sun Many B.C. dams have been abandoned by their owners; three-fourths will be more than 50 years old by next year. Reports published in 2001 and 2002 noted the risks of Canada's aging dams. Colorado Hydroelectric Plant at Ridgway Dam May Become a Reality . 06/16/2010, The Watch- Telluride Results of second seismic study yet to be released. Connecticut Key Committee Clears Murphy Bill to Power Collinsville Dams; Town-Operated Refurbished Dams Could Power 1,500 Homes . 05/28/2010, Connecticut RealEstateRama A bill has been secured that will allow the town of Canton to operate its dams, with hopes of creating energy independence. FEMA inspects damaged dams . 06/03/2010, The Day- New London FEMA inspectors assess what repairs will be needed in order to determine how much the federal government will pay the state. Florida County, city settle Talquin Dam debate . 06/09/2010, Tallahassee.com The city and county have spent approximately $200,000 in combined legal fees regarding the lawsuit to modify Talquin Dam. Georgia Berkeley Lake splinters over dam, tax hike. 06/10/2010, Atlanta Journal & Constitution Lakefront homeowners and residents in outlying subdivisions are at odds over paying for repairs to city-owned Berkeley Lake dam, damaged in September floods. Repair costs for the 85'-high dam are estimated at $4 million; FEMA will cover about $1.3 million. Berkeley Lake splinters over dam, tax hike. 06/10/2010, Atlanta Journal & Constitution Lakefront homeowners and residents in outlying subdivisions are at odds over paying for repairs to city-owned Berkeley Lake dam, damaged in September floods. Repair costs for the 85'-high dam are estimated at $4 million; FEMA will cover about $1.3 million. Idaho [See also: Washington] Teton River makes national list due to possibility of new dam . 06/02/2010, Rexburg Standard Journal American Rivers has released its report, America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2010, and the Teton River has made the list at No. 8, due to threat of a new dam. Illinois [See also: National News] British company awarded contract to fix Mississippi River levees . 06/16/2010, Belleville News- Democrat AMEC Earth and Environmental wins $130 million contract to repair 64 miles worth of Mississippi River levees and flood defenses. Illinois/Indiana Little Cal flood control project creeps along . 06/06/2010, Gary Post Tribune Officials are working with the towns of Hammond and Munster to make Indiana's levee plan separate from Illinois. Indiana Damaged dam prompts trailer park evacuations . 06/22/2010, Chicago Tribune A small dam is compromised after severe weather, forcing evacuations. Compromised Dam Given Poor Rating By State . 06/22/2010, WRTV Indianapolis Indian Head Lake Dam (significant hazard) gives way, forcing the evacuation of a mobile home park. Lake association ignored Indian Head dam inspection . 06/23/2010, Fox 59- Indianapolis Indian Head Lake dam is breached; no action was taken after an inspection 3 years ago, which revealed its potential threat. More rain could bring bad news; Experts: New storms may cause repeat of '08 floods . 06/23/2010, Indianapolis Star DNR: Most Dams 'Conditionally Poor' Or Worse . 06/24/2010, The Indy Channel The majority of Indiana's dams are rated "conditionally poor" or worse, state records show, but some owners said they don't have the funds to fix potentially dangerous problems. The DNR has two inspectors to cover 1,100 dams statewide. Many Indiana dams below standards . 06/24/2010, WIBC Indianapolis About 70% of Indiana's approximately 1000 dams are privately owned; owners often cannot afford repairs. Private dams, public headaches . 06/29/2010, Indianapolis Star Editorial states that dam owners should be held responsible for preventive maintenance and damages resulting from dam failures; promotes establishment of conservancy districts to assess fees for dam upkeep. Privately managed dams present safety concerns . 06/29/2010, Indianapolis Star More than 70 percent of Indiana's 1,068 state-regulated dams are privately owned; more than half are rated "conditionally poor." Many dam owners cannot afford to make state-mandated repairs. A small reserve of state funds is available for emergency actions, but owners often don't pay it back. Iowa Two Years Later, Levee Waits For Permanent Fix . 06/01/2010, KCCI Des Moines No work has begun yet on a permanent replacement levee, 2 years after the the Des Moines River levee burst. Manchester to purchase dam for $1 from Alliant . 06/08/2010, Chicago Tribune The city of Manchester plans to purchase a dam for $1 from Alliant Energy in order to create a water park. Repairs to begin on Des Moines flood levee . 06/09/2010, Chicago Tribune A levee in Des Moines will soon undergo repairs, but is a point of concern due to its past failures. Changes Coming to Quasqueton Dam . 06/17/2010, KCRG- Cedar Rapids A town plans on keeping an aging dam, hoping to help river flow and make the community more inviting. Worries mount about Des Moines levees . 06/29/2010, Des Moines Register Des Moines preparing for second major flood in two years; officials hope Des Moines River levees hold; water expected to top Saylorville Lake emergency spillway; inflatable dam put in use. Louisiana Terrebonne lawmaker advances bill easing regulations on levee districts . 05/29/2010, Daily Comet- Lafourche Parish A set of bills that would give levee districts the autonomy to handle small-scale projects advanced to the full Senate. Hurricane funds may pay for levee certification . 06/07/2010, Alexandria Town Talk Local agencies meet to decide how to use recovery funds from Ike-Gustav, focusing on levee certification as their primary project. Lawson: Don't redirect drainage funds to levees . 06/09/2010, Alexandria Town Talk A city councilman plans to lobby jury members to vote against designating $16.3 million in federal disaster relief money to certify Rapides Parish levees. Corps: Levee Board must provide clay . 06/09/2010, Monroe News Star Taxpayers could pay up to $250,000 for four levee bank repairs caused by fall flooding. The corps has asked the district to provide 48,000 cubic yards of clay to stabilize cave-ins Massachusetts Defending Boston from the sea . 06/06/2010, Boston Globe The city of Boston is considering a major infrastructure change to keep up with rising tides. Town seeks FEMA funding . 06/10/2010, Pembroke Express Local officials are seeking help from the state to clean up and prevent damage from future storms. Ladder replacement and the redesign of Upper Mill Pond's dam are included in the list of possible projects. A ladder/dam project would cost about $240,000. State seeks to take over Taunton dam . 06/16/2010, Boston Globe A community fears they will have to help fund repairs if Morey's Bridge Dam changes owners. Advocates dig in to save Northampton dam. 06/30/2010, GazetteNET The Northhampton Board of Public Works and a group of residents remain at odds over whether the 130-year-old, high-hazard-potential Upper Roberts Meadow (aka Hoxie) Dam on the Mill River in Leeds should be repaired or removed. The Friends of the Upper Roberts Meadow Dam want to restore the dam and use the reservoir as a potential source of micro-hydropower. The BPW voted in 2008 to breach the dam after the state ordered it repaired or removed, the respective estimated costs of which are $600,000 and $625,000. Including long-term maintenance, the total dam repair cost is estimated at $1.825 million, compared to about $1.2 million to remove the dam. The Friends believe that installing hydropower units at the dam would generate $1 million over 50 years. A consultant for the Friends has suggested that the MA Office of Dam Safety might be persuaded to reclassify the dam as a significant-hazard structure, which would lower repair costs. Michigan State and local agencies work to save portion of historic Ray Township dam . 05/26/2010, New Baltimore Voice Newspapers A few years ago, the MI DNRE determined the century-old dam was impeding fish passage on the Clinton River. The local Watershed Council and DNRE Fisheries Division worked to restore a portion of the river, 15 miles of which is a Designated Trout Stream. The project received grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ($74,000) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in conjunction with the Great Lakes Watershed Program ($45,000), with the remaining cost of the estimated $226,570 project to be covered through other state and local partners. The current plan calls for the removal of the fish ladder due to safety issues, but keeping the remaining spire in place and securing its foundation. Plans under way to remove part of historic Cascade Dam . 06/02/2010, Romeo Observer State agency wants to create a fish passage at Cascade Dam. Federal grants would help clean up Portage Creek, remove Otsego dams . 06/08/2010, Kalamazoo Gazette $362,000 in federal grant money will provide for a preliminary design for the removal of the Otsego Township and Otsego city dams, if awarded. Mississippi Officials investigate reservoir dam leak . 06/10/2010, WLBT-TV- Jackson Seeping has been discovered at dam that holds back the lake formed by the Pearl River. The total cost to investigate the leak and determine how to fix it will cost $100,000. Missouri Ameren UE takes wraps off new Taum Sauk reservoir . 05/27/2010, KMOX.com- St. Louis AmerenUE unveiled its new $490 million, 1.5 billion gallon Taum Sauk reservoir. To help prevent another failure such as occurred in December 2005, new safety features include a crest elevation above the highest anticipated water surface, with a 3.5' parapet wall rising above the crest; an overflow release structure; continuous video monitoring of the upper reservoir water levels;instrumentation and monitoring systems dedicated solely to dam safety.. Montana Mont. dam to overflow to help ancient fish spawn . 06/09/2010, (AP) Water will spill over Libby Dam up to 10,000 cubic feet of water per second for up to seven days, in what scientists hope will push the sturgeon to more productive spawning grounds Levee leaders meet with FEMA, Army Corps officials . 06/09/2010, KRTV Great Falls News FEMA officials go through the levee accreditation checklist to see what information flood districts in the Great Falls area still need to gather for accreditation. Nebraska North Loup Residents clean up after a Dam breach . 06/12/2010, KHAS-TV- Hastings Failure of the Bredthauer Dam causes flooding, forcing residents to evacuate their homes. Dams monitored after failures . 06/13/2010, Omaha World-Herald Roads and bridges across the state have washed out as a result of flash flooding from heavy downpours and the failures of several dams. Heavy rains cause Ericson Dam to fail . 06/14/2010, Grand Island Independent Heavy rainfall contributed to the failure of Ericson Dam and Bredthauer Dam; area crops also damaged. NEMA says 10 Neb. dams failed during heavy rains . 06/20/2010, Sioux City Journal 10 dams fail due to flooding in Atkinson, Burwell, North Loup, Sargent, Scotia, Spalding and Taylor. New Hampshire Pittsburg dam's failure 'believed to be imminent' . 05/26/2010, The Union Leader- Manchester Boundary Pond dam in danger of failing; NHDES Dam Bureau plans controlled breach, expected to take place sometime next week. State plans to drain Moeckel Pond in Windham . 06/24/2010, Eagle-Tribune The state is ordering Moeckel Pond drained because of the poor condition of its dam. The dam has a crack in its left abutment wall, a void at the bottom, and its apron is undermined, There are no residences downstream, but there is a town road. Some area residents are trying to preserve the 34-acre pond. The cost of rebuilding the dam has been estimated at $150,000 to $500,000. New Jersey West Milford could sell Upper Mt. Glen Lake . 06/06/2010, NorthJersey.com A town seeks to repair the Upper Mount Glen Lake and Lower Mount Glen Lake dams, classified as high hazard potentials. Cost for upper dam: $616,672; Cost for lower dam: $1,062,881. Clinton Town dam project halted; mayor blames contractor fraud . 06/17/2010, myCentralJersy.com Contractor is blamed for fraud during dam rehab after providing false information. PRINCETON: Mountain Lakes dredging project to begin in July . 06/18/2010, The Princeton Packet Work is expected to begin early next month on the Mountain Lakes improvement project, which involves the rehabilitation of two dams. Total cost: $2.6 million. New Mexico Grindstone Dam workshop briefs council on progress . 06/09/2010, Trading Markets (press release) Companies investigate seepage issues and perform stability analysis tests at Grindstone Dam. New York Utica-based Gomez and Sullivan Engineers wins contract for North Blenheim project . 05/26/2010, WKTV- Utica FERC regulations require NY Power Authority to hire an independent consultant to perform a dam safety inspection and review every five years at the FERC-licensed Blenheim-Gilboa project; Gomez and Sullivan Engineers awarded $230,000 five-year contract. Hadlock Pond Dam trial nears final phases . 06/10/2010, The Post-Star- Glens Falls The Hadlock Pond Dam failure trial is underway, and witnesses give their testimonies, including one who claims the dam's abutment wall was not built in accordance with the drawings from the designer. Municipalities revising plans for dam safety . 06/13/2010, Times Herald-Record Mid-Hudson municipalities are preparing revised safety plans for some of their dams. Jury spreads out blame for Hadlock Pond dam collapse . 06/17/2010, Glens Falls Post-Star A verdict is handed down with regards to the 2005 Hadlock Pond dam collapse. Verdict: Dam collapse liability split . 06/18/2010, Albany Times Union A verdict is reached in the Hadlock Pond dam trial, making multiple parties responsible for its 2005 failure. North Carolina W.P. Moves Forward on Dam Repairs . 06/02/2010, Southern Pines Pilot A company is awarded a contract to repair Cardinal Lake Dam and its surrounding area. Total cost: $482,269. Plan for Little River dam sets up a fight . 06/02/2010, News & Observer- Raleigh Environmental groups are trying to stop Little River from being dammed. Toal cost of the project would be $250 million. Hope Mills Lake draining; engineers assess dam damage . 06/17/2010, News14.com - Charlotte Part of a dam at Hope Mills Lake may have washed away after the release of two feet of water. Hope Mills Lake drained; dam failure investigated . 06/18/2010, FayObserver.com Investigation is underway at Hope Mills Lake dam after its failure. Officials were in the process of inspecting turbid water coming out of the lake's under-drain system. Engineer: Hope Mills dam problem traced to vinyl sheet piling . 06/18/2010, FayObserver.com Officials believe the failure of Hope Mills Lake dam was a result of failing material in the foundation of the spillway. Sediment buildup around dam perplexes engineers. 06/18/2010, FayObserver.com Top priority for Hope Mills officials is reopening bridge . 06/19/2010, Fayetteville Observer Hope Mills dam fails as water level in the lake is lowered. The bridge over the dam should open sooner than the lake is filled. Editorial: Outsider - Hope Mills board may need one more investigator . 06/28/2010, Fayetteville Observer Editorial poses questions about the failure of the new Hope Mills dam. Hope Mills gets OK to investigate cause of dam failure. 06/29/2010, USACE gives town permission to investigate June 17 failure of the new Hope Mills Dam. The $14 million dam replaced an earthen dam that failed during heavy rains in 2003. Ohio Worthington dam serves important purpose . 06/04/2010, Delaware News Columbus city officials are talking about ways to remove the lowhead dams along the Olentangy River. West Milton Residents Fight For Dam . 06/09/2010, WHIO Dayton Residents fear a low-head dam in the Stillwater River will be removed, while others claim low- head dams impair water quality and safety. Cleanup behind dam proposed . 06/10/2010, Akron Beacon Journal Groups ask for federal funds to clean up contaminated sediment behind the Ohio Edison Co. dam. http://www.dentistryiq.com/index/display/news-display/1205234233.htmlSolon officials agree to proceed on Briar Hill dam project . 06/17/2010, Plain Dealer (blog) Improvements to the Briar Hill Lake dam are going out to bid. Estimated cost is $1.5 million. Oklahoma Adding hydropower to non-hydro dams offers huge development potential . 06/01/2010, HydroWorld Many hydropower developers are eyeing non-powered dams as an option for adding generation. Okie One-Call to include dams . 06/17/2010, Pryor Daily Times The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) now has an agreement in place with the Okie One-Call System to include all Watershed Flood Control Program dams in Oklahoma, with conservation districts as the Okie One-Call points of contact. Okie One-Call now to include watershed flood control dams . 06/29/2010, Des Moines Register The OK One-Call System is a communication link between excavators and operators of underground facilities to help prevent damages to public services. Beginning in June 2010, conservation districts with watershed dams will begin receiving “Locate Tickets” by email for any planned excavation within a half-mile of a watershed dam. A district rep will then examine the proposed excavation site in relation to the entire easement of the watershed dam to determine potential impacts to operation and maintenance of the dam, both as-is and as-possibly- rehabilitated in the future. If it is determined that the excavation or future location of the proposed installation could impact the watershed dam, an on-site consultation with the contractor will take place. Oregon Canyon Creek Meadows Dam: Citizens, county eye ways to stop removal . 06/02/2010, Blue Mountain Eagle A community explores ways to preserve and fix the Canyon Creek Meadows Dam. Fix-up for aging dams . 06/03/2010, The Register-Guard- Eugene Army Corps of Engineers says spillway gates at the Middle Fork Williamette River dams need maintenance. Jacksonville weighs options for aging dam . 06/08/2010, Mail Tribune The city could spend up to $1.7 million to remove an old dam at Jackson Creek, designated a "high hazard" by state officials. Pennsylvania Dam repairs again will dry out Laurel Lake . 06/01/2010, Citizen's Voice Repairs to a concrete dam at Laurel Lake cannot be completed until the Laurel Lakes Watershed Protection Association finds at least $50,000 to finish the work. Around the Region [Dam raise in PA] . 06/04/2010, Republican & Herald- Pottsville Authorities seek to raise the crest of a dam in the area by 6 ft. Estimated cost: $650,000. Councilman 'dam mad' about DEP regs . 06/28/2010, York Daily Record Hanover Borough Councilman says state shouldn't be forcing Hanover to upgrade Sheppard Myers Impounding Dam, which has inadequate spillway capacity. Estimated upgrade costs: $3.75 million. Peru Tailing dam collapses and pollutes Opamayo river in Huancavelica, Peru. 06/28/2010, Living in Peru The tailing dams at Caudalosa Chica mine in the province of Angaraes collapsed on June 25. The collapsed dam contained 500 metric tons of tailings. South Dakota Bureau of Reclamation urges high-water caution after boat accidents . 06/28/2010, Butte County Post Three boating fatalities occurred over the weekend near the BOR diversion dam on the Belle Fourche River. Tennessee Gaylord Opryland takes steps to recover $225 million in flood costs . 06/03/2010, The Tennessean Hotel hires experts to help recover $225M in repairs due to flood topped levees. [Meadow Park Dam raising, repairs]. 06/29/2010, Crossville Chronicle City council continues to discuss increasing the height of 72-year-old Meadow Park dam by 23 feet to meet water supply needs for the next 50 to 75 years. Plans call for raising the height of the dam 23 feet allowing for a 20 foot rise in the lake level. The State ordered repairs to the dam two years ago. The city had planned to carry out repairs along with the dam raising project, but can't afford to do both at once. The estimated costs of repairs is $5 million. Texas Retaining pond dam breaks, floods neighborhood . 06/09/2010, San Antonio Express-News Residents are evacuated from their homes due to flooding, possibly from a gopher hole that caused a retaining pond dam to break. Texas/Mexico Agents feared Mexican drug cartel attack on border dam . 06/02/2010, Houston Chronicle Alleged plot to blow up Falcon Dam thwarted; dynamite found near dam. Drug Cartel Plotted to Blow Up Texas Dam . 06/07/2010, The Trumpet Federal officials, police and disaster specialists prevent Mexican drug cartel from blowing up 5- mile-long Falcon Dam. Had the plot succeeded, it would have affected roughly 4 million people on both sides of the border between Texas and Mexico. Utah Shaky situation: Bureau testing Hyrum dam for earthquake readiness . 06/09/2010, The Herald Journal- Logan USBR conducting drilling operation at Hyrum Dam. Engineers drilling into Hyrum Dam for flaws that could leave it damaged by earthquake . 06/14/2010, fox13now.com Engineers try to determine whether Hyrum Dam could withstand a major earthquake. Vermont Consultant: More dam appraisals . 06/10/2010, Barre Montpelier Times Argus Officials seek to tax river dams at a higher rate. Virginia New Ragged Mountain Dam design unveiled . 05/26/2010, C-Ville Weekly- Charlottesville Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority says the total cost of a new dam at the Ragged Mountain Reservoir would between $28 and $36 million; Board members reviewing designs. City hires firm to study saving 102-year-old dam . 06/01/2010, Charlottesville Daily Progress A Kansas firm’s study on repairing the Lower Ragged Mountain Dam is expected to cost Charlottesville up to $348,695. The Next Great Coal Spill? Massey’s Billion Gallon Disaster in Waiting . 06/04/2010, AlterNet (blog) This blog explores the possibility of an environmental disaster far worse than the Gulf oil spill: the failure of the Brushy Fork impoundment, the largest and potentially weakest coal slurry impoundment in the nation. McDonnell signs dam legislation at LOW . 06/17/2010, Culpeper Star Exponent Gov. Bob McDonnell visited the Lake of the Woods residential community where he signed SB 276, which will modify Virginia's dam safety standards. County water authority calls for continued design work for new earthen dam . 06/18/2010, Charlottesville Tomorrow An engineering firm is recommending construction of an earthen dam behind the existing dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir, which would be a key part of the region's long-term water supply plan. Governor visits LOW . 06/24/2010, Orange County Review SB 276 is signed at Lake of the Woods, which will modify Virginia's dam safety standards. Washington Upgrades under way at Columbia River dams . 05/25/2010, (AP) Chief Joseph Dam and Grand Coulee Dam are among the many dams in the Northwest that are being used for hydropower. GOP candidates criticize removal of Elwha dams . 05/26/2010, Peninsula Daily News Politicians claim the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams is not scientifically based. The estimated cost of tearing down both dams is $350 million. BPA Reports: Salmon ride smoothly through eight dams . 05/26/2010, Newstalk 1450 KBKW Improved passage routes will help promote fish survival in what is expected to be one of the Northwest's driest years on record. Chehalis dams could take decades . 06/03/2010, The Olympian Army Corps of Engineers officials say it could be 20 to 30 years before dams are built on the upper Chehalis River. Repairs on Hovander Park levee begin, closing part of trail . 06/07/2010, The Bellingham Herald Repairs are being made to the Hovander Park levee, damaged by flooding. The county's share of the total cost is $207,000. Dams on Columbia working overtime . 06/12/2010, Tri-City Herald- Kennewick Too much rainwater flowing through the Columbia River system is forcing dam power turbines to operate overtime. Inspection find problems at Lewis River dams . 06/24/2010, The Columbian Spillway gates need repairs; Lewis River dams could experience "catastrophic failure." Washington/Idaho Let's really talk about taking down those Snake River dams . 06/07/2010, Crosscut- Seattle On benefits of removal vs. economic hardships that could result from dam removal. West Virginia Hydropower Potential for Tygart Lake Dam . 06/02/2010, WBOY-TV- Clarksburg Tygart Lake Dam may soon become a hydropower generating plant. Total cost: $44 million.
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