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Archive for the ‘Dams’ Category

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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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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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 www.AmericanRivers.org/Dams
-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

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
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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Reactions to the ASCE 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

 Transportation for America’s Director James Corless: “Our country’s association of civil engineers continues to do the yeoman’s work of sounding the alarm on our country’s infrastructure — the roads, rails and waterways that we depend on to move our goods from place to place and get us where we need to go each day. But […]

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2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
Once every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure (Report Card). Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise the grades. An Advisory Council of ASCE members assigns the grades according to the following eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. Since 1998, the grades have been near failing, averaging only Ds, due to delayed maintenance and underinvestment across most categories.

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Reactions to President Obama’s State of Union

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily A number of transportation interests issued a news release offering a reaction to the President’s State of the Union. Here are excerpts from ones I could find. We republished Senator Boxer’s statement in full earlier. Gregory E. DiLoreto, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): “President Obama’s ‘Fix-It-First’ plan is a great step toward […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jason Campbell, Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

ASDSO President Jason Campbell is a Dam Safety/ Floodway Permitting Engineer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Topics include:
Dam Safety Left out of the Discussion
Should we be Concerned?
Getting the Public Involved
How are Dams Financed?

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