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Emergency Action Plans for dams promote community resilience

 “…in this age of so much unpredictability and so much turmoil, we need to shift our paradigm. …we are very much focused now in the United States and around the world on relief and recovery, and not enough on preparedness and readiness,” Judith Rodin, author of “The Resilience Dividend,” said in a PBS Newshour interview broadcast earlier this week and available online. Continue reading

Could the tiny drone fish detect dam problems?

A while back this blog mentioned the use of aerial drones for inspecting dams in remote areas to determine whether they are developing problems that could lead to failure.

Now a publication called Federal Computer Week ( has picked up on a research paper about a new drone that “swims with the fishes” in a good way. Continue reading

Climate Change May Weaken Concrete Dams

Here’s still another reason why Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for High-Hazard Potential (HHP) dams are important: Warmer average temperatures can shorten the life of concrete. While earthen dams are by far the dominant structural type, many of them also have concrete spillways and other features. The National Inventory of Dams reports there are 1,979 concrete dams around the nation, 543 masonry dams, and many others with concrete components. Continue reading

Join in the Great ShakeOut Drills on October 16

The Great ShakeOut
The Great ShakeOut

The Great ShakeOut is October 16 across the United States. There will be drills for states in the Midwest, the Southeast, California and elsewhere, including overseas. Millions of people have registered their families, schools and businesses to participate, and more are signing up.

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Missouri EAP Program Honored

The Missouri initiative to achieve dam breach inundation maps and Emergency Action Plans on all 466 of the state-regulated High-Hazard Potential dams has made such exceptional progress that it recently has been honored twice – once at the national level and again at the regional level. This follows a 2012 state award for excellence.

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Dams in Georgia, Kentucky and Texas Included in NRCS Rehab Program

Three dams in Georgia, three in Kentucky, and 31 in Texas are among 150 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) watershed dams in 26 states that are included in new funding for rehabilitation to better protect public safety and water infrastructure.

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