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Safety work completed at Boca Dam
20 October, 2020
A project to upgrade the safety of the 81-year-old Boca dam in California...
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No positive stability assessments for 32% of Vale’s dams
Friday, October 02, 2020 by Thirty-three of Vale’s 104 dam structures in Brazil have not received positive stability assessments from its dam monitoring system, the mining firm said this week.

Fatalities as fire breaks out at Indian hydro plant
Monday, August 24, 2020 by Nine people have in an incident at the Srisailam left bank hydropower plant in Nagarkarnool District, Telangana, India, news wires have reported.

70,000 evacuated as dam fails in Uzbekistan
Monday, May 04, 2020 by Repair works are underway following the failure on 1 May of the dam at the Sardoba Reservoir in Uzbekistan, which resulted in the evacuation of over 70,000 people in the country...

UK Government to strengthen reservoir safety following Toddbrook report
Monday, March 16, 2020 by Reservoir owners in England will be expected to apply the lessons learned from the Toddbrook reservoir incident, the UK Government has said in a statement.

Paradise Dam safety work to start this year
Monday, February 10, 2020 by Works to lower the Paradise Dam in Queensland, Australia, by 5m to improve the stability of the dam are is to start before the 2020/21 wet season after the Queensland government passed...

Repair work starts at Toddbrook reservoir, UK
Tuesday, January 07, 2020 by Work has started on a project to repair and enhance the resilience of the Toddbrook dam wall and spillway in Derbyshire, UK, following damage sustained during heavy rainfall in August 2019.

Dam removal project begins in the US
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by The first phase of a project to remove an 85-year-old high-hazard dam in Virgina, US, has begun, the City of Lynchburg and the University of Lynchburg have announced.

Seismic upgrades move forward at B.F. Sisk Dam
Monday, December 09, 2019 by A billion-dollar seimic upgrade project at B.F. Sisk Dam and San Luis Reservoir in California is to move forward, the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and the California Department...

Fred Haigh Dam flood repair work begins in Australia
Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Australian utility Sunwater has begun work at Fred Haigh Dam to repair scour damage caused by previous floods, restoring the functionality of the downstream spillway channel.

Fatalities as dam collapses at Siberian gold mine
Monday, October 21, 2019 by As least 15 people have been killed with others missing following the collapse of a dam at a gold mine in Siberia over the weekend.

Drones to help inspect Brazilian dams
Friday, September 06, 2019 by 3 Dynamics has partnered with Curitiba-based EPH Engineering in Brazil, a firm that specializes in hydropower design, dam inspections and safety plans, to launch a turnkey dam...

HR Wallingford’s space-based dam monitoring system gets go-ahead for expansion
Thursday, August 08, 2019 by HR Wallingford has announced it will broaden its space-based dam monitoring system, DAMSAT, to include water dams in a bid to reduce the risk of failures. The expansion is possible...

Toddbrook reservoir at safe level, work to start on dam repair plans
Thursday, August 08, 2019 by Residents in the town of Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, have returned to their homes following their evacuation in the wake of damage to the dam that holds back Toddbrook Reservoir.

Aggregate being used to reinforce Whaley Bridge dam
Friday, August 02, 2019 by Work his continuing at the dam on Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, amid fears the structure could still breach.

UK town evacuated in dam collapse fears
Thursday, August 01, 2019 by Part of the dam wall at Toddbrook reservoir in the Derbyshire has been damaged following heavy rains in the area, with residents of the town of Whaley Bridge asked to leave their...

ASDSO to investigate Spencer Dam failure
Monday, July 29, 2019 by The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) in the US has announced that it will be conducting an independent investigation into the breach of Spencer Dam in North...

New Zealand govt opens consultation on safety regulations for large dams
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by New Zealand is considering creating safety regulations for large dams in the country, with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announcing that it has...

Aging steel thought to be cause of dam failure in Texas
Friday, May 17, 2019 by The failure of a spillgate at a 91-year-old dam in Texas this week is thought to have been caused by aging structural steel, although the official cause of the incident has not yet...

Mining firms to create an international standard for tailings dams
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by An international standard for tailings facilities is to be developed, based on a review of current global best practices in the mining industry, and beyond, the International Council...

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