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Archive for the ‘Dams’ Category

Aging Dams and Clogged Rivers: An Infrastructure Plan for America’s Waterways

Friday, October 21st, 2016
FIGURE 1 Number of dams per age range, by 2020

Functional or not, the dams that dot the country cannot simply be ignored or forgotten. Indeed, these dams pose a significant safety problem: ASCE classifies nearly 4,000 dams as “deficient.” Furthermore, these structures continue to block an estimated 600,000 miles of rivers in the United States. A new analysis by the Center for American Progress for this report demonstrates that dams and reservoirs have modified the flow of 71 percent of Western rivers by length and that Western rivers are 66 percent more fragmented than they would be in their natural state.

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2016 Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure

Monday, October 10th, 2016
2016 Report Card for Tennessee

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE) TENNESSEE CHAPTER Executive Summary Tennessee, the “Volunteer State,” the “Country Music Capital of the World,” boasts the official slogan, “Tennessee – America at Its Best.” Already, Tennessee has been named “Best place to move to.” What would it take for Tennessee to be known as the “Home of America’s […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jim Pawloski, President, Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Jim Pawloski

Jim Pawloski is President of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. He has been a dam safety engineer with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality since 1989. Jim spent five years with STS Consultants (now AECOM) prior to joining the State of Michigan.

“…What we’re trying to do with the Association of State Dam Safety Officials is to improve the condition of dams and improve the safety of dams and the safety around dams. Our association does that in a couple of ways: one of them is through education…Our organization also helps support all of the state dam safety programs throughout the country…And one of the other things we’ve tried to do is build and encourage a unified front in the dam safety business, to try to create awareness for everyone.”

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Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Report Card for Alabama

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
ALABAMA SECTION
The bad news is that Alabama’s infrastructure has some challenges that you should know about before it’s too late to keep these systems from breaking down. Infrastructure deteriorates every single day as it ages, just as our bodies do, and many of these critical systems are reaching the end of their useful life…The good news is there are solutions to all these challenges , and we can raise Alabama’s infrastructure grades. By learning more today about the conditions of the infrastructure you use every day, you too can help raise the grade.

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Infra & the Humanities: The Aesthetics of Water Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Infra & the Humanities: The Aesthetics of Water Infrastructure

Infrastructure is not just about connections between technological aspects of civilization, it is also about the lack of connections. For every link between buildings and cities via power lines, fiber optics, and water pipe, there is another fence, a wall, or a vault buried underneath the earth. Environmental art seeks to engage connections between people and landscapes, but it does not have a monopoly on these aesthetic relationships. And in fact, entities such as large public infrastructure authorities often have way more power to engage these connections, or to shut them off.

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Dams In Vermont: Interview with Jessica Clark Louisos

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Dams In Vermont: Interview with Jessica Clark Louisos

Jessica Clark Louisos discusses Milone & Macbroom’s recent report on Vermont’s dams. What is a “High Hazard” dam, what goes wrong with Vermont dams, and what does the state need to fix first?

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Iowa Infrastructure: ASCE 2015 Report Card

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Iowa Infrastructure Report Card 2015

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
IOWA SECTION
The 2015 Report Card for Iowa’s Infrastructure has been prepared to acquaint Iowans with the extent, condition and importance of the capital assets that support modern life. It is hoped that this information, along with the grades, will encourage awareness of and concern for these often under-appreciated facilities. Iowa’s ASCE members hope that the grades will alert citizens, media agencies, business leaders, and elected officials to the needs of the infrastructure and induce a commitment to giving it proper care and upkeep.

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Grand Coulee, WA: Removing Scaffolding from the Massive Grand Coulee Dam

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Grand Coulee, WA: Removing Scaffolding from the Massive Grand Coulee Dam

The men doing this work all are wearing lifelines – sometimes the lines are just barely visible in my video.

-couleedamsings on YouTube

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2014 Georgia Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
ga report card thumb

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS: GEORGIA SECTION
With new grades for the first time since 2009, Georgia’s infrastructure has shown very little improvement and once again received a cumulative grade of C. The Georgia Section of ASCE assessed the same 12 categories as 2009: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, parks and recreation, ports, rail, roads, school facilities, solid waste, stormwater, transit and wastewater. Recognizing the importance of transportation to Georgians, we added two new categories in 2014: ports and rail. As indicated by the grade, much work remains to be done, though there are some bright spots.

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Carmel, CA: New life for the Carmel River

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Video of the story of the removal of the San Clemente Dam and the restoration of the Carmel River. –caamwater on YouTube.

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