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Note: This article was featured in the June 2020 edition of the APWA Reporter. Read the e-edition here.

Farmers Branch Creek, located in a picturesque North Dallas suburb, offers residents waterside views from their private backyards. But when torrential rains caused two 50-year-old private dams on the 7-mile creek to crumble, the shifting water threatened a third dam, a private home and a public sanitary sewer line. The...

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Tagsstreambank, resiliency, dam, bank, bank stabilization, channel, emergency,

Dam owners in Texas need to understand how to implement a new state requirement to notify emergency management officials downstream when a release of water is planned so that they can alert their communities.

The requirement, which the Texas Legislature adopted in HB 26 , took effect Sept. 1, 2019, and impacts large and intermediate-size state-regulated dams with gated spillways used to make flood releases.

Notification is not...

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Tagsdam safety, gated spillway, dam, spillway,

As each hurricane season comes and goes, so too does a heightened risk for flooding in our homes and businesses. While there are a multitude of resources available to homeowners and business owners to evaluate their flood risk, these resources can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know where to look. Although floods are a natural part of our lives, there are several tools available so that we can minimize their effects on our...

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Tagsdam, dam safety, Flooding, FEMA, water resources, Hurricane, hurricane season,

Freese and Nichols is partnering with John France, OWRB and ASDSO , this summer, to provide a technical workshop on the slope stability of dam embankments. The two-day workshop, which is hosted by the OWRB Dam Safety program , will be led by John France of JWF Consulting LLC, and Freese and Nichols' ...

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TagsOklahoma Water Resources Board, asdso, soil stresses, slope stability, dam, soil compression,

In the fight against erosion, articulated concrete blocks serve as an option to armor auxiliary spillways.

A new chapter in the National Engineering Handbook – reviewed by Freese and Nichols’ Grady Hillhouse, PE, and Colin Young, PE – covers articulated concrete blocks (ACBs), its usages, new design methodologies, design considerations, maintenance and installation guidance.

Grady and Colin worked in collaboration with the Natural Resources Conservation Service ’s...

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Tagsdam, dam safety, ncrs, national resources conservation service, spillway, Erosion,

Winter is coming – the first official day of winter is Dec. 21.

As a dam owner, you can take advantage of these changed conditions by going out and doing an inspection.

Here are some things to look for as Old Man Winter approaches.

  • Hopefully you got that end-of-season mowing completed and now the vegetation is not obscuring your ability to take a good look at your dam.
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Tagsdam, southeast, dam maintenance, winter, season, dam inspection,