Tag: Water Resources

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 »

Floating Bulkhead Saves Dam Operators Time, Money

By Chris Goodwin, PE When a dam’s spillway gate needs maintenance or repairs, operators need an efficient way to dewater the structure. Without existing means to dewater a spillway bay, owners may need to dewater the impoundment or fabricate expensive bulkhead systems. About the Expert: Chris Goodwin, PE manages Ayres’ water resources group and is… Read More »

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 »