Category: Water Resources

A Proactive Program at Work: Investing in Dam Repairs Averts Crisis

By Chris Goodwin, PE Dams are an integral part of our lives, providing recreational opportunities, power generation, flood control, wildlife habitat, and other important functions. More than 2,100 high-hazard-potential dams are operating in the United States, as reported in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Their failure could result in the… Read More »

Award Winning Project Adds Resilience to Canyon Highway

By John Hunt, PE In September 2013 a flood devastated parts of Colorado, taking lives, destroying homes, and damaging critical infrastructure and transportation networks. The flooding was especially crippling to many mountain corridors north of Denver, where hundreds of miles of road were washed out, cutting off access to many small mountain towns. Among the… Read More »

2D Modeling and Matrix Riprap Save Millions on Transportation Flood Recovery Projects

By Will DeRosset, PE, CFM, and Anthony Alvarado, PE, CFM The Colorado Department of Transportation recently published several case studies celebrating major progress in effective design in flood recovery projects. The projects all relate to designs implemented in the recovery from devastating 2013 flooding. The key takeaways are: 2D hydraulic modeling and spatially explicit analysis… Read More »