Tag: Dam Maintenance

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: What Happens When a Failing, Historic Dam Can’t Be Repaired?

By Chris Goodwin, PE Water is powerful – not only for its ability to sustain life, but also its power to destroy. Dams are a vital part of our infrastructure and provide a range of benefits: Hydropower generation/renewable, clean energy Flood control Water storage (irrigation, recreation, residential, and industrial uses) Navigation system maintained by U.S.… Read More »

Oroville Dam Emergency Illustrates Challenges for U.S. Dam Infrastructure

This aerial view from a California Department of Water Resources drone shows water flowing from the Lake Oroville flood control spillway at 55,000 cubic feet per second on February 11, 2017. Photo by California Department of Water Resources. By Ellen Faulkner, PE The drought emergency is over for most of California, thanks to winter rains… Read More »