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Archive for the ‘Levees’ Category

Central IL: Levee Break

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Some of the worst flooding in decades in Central Illinois post-levee break – roxymarie17 on YouTube.

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Chelan County, WA: When The Levee Breaks – The Tyee Ranch Project

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By breaching a 40 year old levee, engineers reconnect historic Entiat River side channels and develop valuable salmon and steelhead habitat. The Tyee Ranch Project in north central Washington state has gigantic wood structures that mimic natural log jams. The intent is to create scour holes and deep cover for fish. -reclamation on YouTube.

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Fargo, ND: 2013 Flood Operations Begin

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The first North Dakota National Guard members to assist in 2013 flood operations began duty on April 22, 2013, in Fargo. Nearly 80 National Guard members have joined Fargo’s flood operations mission since early Monday. Guard members are managing traffic control points to facilitate movement of trucks hauling clay and sandbags for levee construction. Capt. […]

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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

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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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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Detecting Flood Risks in Levees

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Two University of Mississippi professors have discovered that chemical differentiations in waters from the sand boils, formed from seepage along levees, may help identify which levee locations are at higher risk of failure. Video produced by Mary Stanton. Additional video provided by Gregg Davidson.
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New Orleans, LA: Mat Sinking on the Mississippi River

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides some preventive maintenance on the Mississippi River in the form of mat sinking to help protect levees and other river structures used to help keep the waterway navigable and reduce the risk of flooding for residents of Louisiana, Jan. 4, 2013. It’s an well-orchestrated process using one of […]

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Short-Term Water Management Decisions: User Needs for Improved Climate, Weather, and Hydrologic Information

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the largest water resources operating agency in the United States. For more than 230 years, USACE has supplied engineering solutions for water resources needs, including navigation, flood and coastal storm damage reduction, protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, hydropower, water supply, recreation, regulatory, and disaster preparedness and response.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Robert Wendelgass, Clean Water Action

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Bob Wendelgass has been President and CEO of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund since November of 2010.  Prior to that, he spent five years as National Deputy Director for Clean Water Action, working with its state offices on planning and implementation of campaigns, elections and fundraising.  He also served 15 years as Pennsylvania […]

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