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Archive for the ‘Dams’ Category

Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Report Card for Alabama

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

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
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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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Jefferson County, OR: Deschutes River Success!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

American Rivers and our partners worked to improve the operation of the Pelton Round Butte hydropower project on the Deschutes River in Oregon, creating benefits for the river’s health, fish, and anglers. Learn more about our river restoration work around dams at
-AmericanRivers on YouTube

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Great American Infrastructure: Clearwater County, Idaho: Dworshak Dam

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

This is the twenty-eighth in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States.
What: The Dworshak Dam, located in Idaho, is the tallest straight-axis concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere.
When: Initial construction began in 1966 & the Dworshak Dam first reached full capacity on July 3, 1973.

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Dams Grade: 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The average age of the 84,000 dams in the country is 52 years old. The nation’s dams are aging and the number of high-hazard dams is on the rise. Many of these dams were built as low-hazard dams protecting undeveloped agricultural land. However, with an increasing population and greater development below dams, the overall number of high-hazard dams continues to increase, to nearly 14,000 in 2012.

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