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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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As dam owners across the country have learned in dramatic fashion, disasters usually happen quickly though the conditions that cause them typically build up over time.

Whether your emergency results from a hurricane, a spillway collapse or vandalism, you as a dam owner/manager can be ready with a well-developed, up-to-date and practiced Emergency Action Plan.

Our guidance for knowing what to consider, how to prepare and how to respond recently was featured...

Read More - Disaster Happens: Build Your Dam Emergency Response Plan on a Foundation of Preparation

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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...

Read More - New Guidance for Articulated Concrete Blocks for Spillway Armoring

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