Tag: Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Spencer Dam Failure Investigation Provides Lessons to Engineers and Dam Professionals

By Martin Teal, Mark Baker, Robert Ettema, and John Trojanowski In the early morning of March 14, 2019, the Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River in...

PSU study finds big savings in removing dams over repairs

A new study by Portland State University researchers finds billions of dollars could be saved if the nation's aging dams are removed rather than repaired, but also suggests that better data and analysis is needed on the factors driving dam-removal efforts.

Kelly Barnes Dam failure: 40 years later, dam safety remains national challenge

On Sunday, Nov. 6, 1977, a small embankment dam located above Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia failed, releasing a wall of water through a steep ravine and into the campus, killing 39 people.  The historic failure along with several other major dam failures in the 1970s led to establishment of the National Dam Safety Program and many state dam safety programs around the country

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