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Archive for the ‘Dams’ Category

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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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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