Living Near Dams

In an effort to educate the public on risk associated with living beneath a dam, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to curate www.livingneardams.org.  This website plays host to public resources to help dam owners, public officials, and others to help identify and mitigate the......

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Improving Public Safety with DamWatch

To improve public safety for those living below a dam, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has partnered with US Engineering Solutions Corporation to launch “DamWatch” a web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow, and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety. Through a......

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Blue Lake Expansion Project

In the remote and isolated town of Sitka, Alaska, with no connection to a mainland power grid and escalating imported fuel costs, residents decided to raise the Blue Lake Dam to supply 100% of the town’s energy needs and reduce its dependence on outside energy providers. Partnering with Barnard Construction Company in Bozeman, Montana, the......

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Acoustic Look at Underwater Infrastructure

Until recently, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) faced costly and dangerous challenges when inspecting the condition of underwater infrastructure. Today, that task is carried out using high-resolution acoustic imaging cameras and innovative imaging software. Acoustic imaging cameras are deployed using a variety of methods to conduct life cycle analysis and visualize the......

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Use a Dam Microbot Drone

Hydroelectric power dams provide renewable energy, but monitoring the condition of the infrastructure is a challenge. A key part of the inspections is managing corrosion in the penstocks—large, sewer-like tubes that move water from its original source to the turbine that generates power. Inspecting them traditionally includes dewatering the dam, then working in dark, slippery......

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