Association of State Dam Safety Officials - August 2016 

ASDSO Training
Dam Safety 2016, Philadelphia
Register Now for One of These Unique Opportunities 

Whether you are attending the Dam Safety 2016 conference in Philadelphia and would like to add an extra activity - or are a local dam safety professional with a specific interest in one of these topics - register now for a specialty technical workshop. Workshops will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. 

The Use of Geophysical Imaging for Dam and Levee Assessment
September 15, 2016, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. 7.5 PDH credits, $300 

Definition and Evaluation of Internal Erosion Potential Failure Modes 
September 15, 2016, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. 7.5 PDH credits, $300 

Dam Removal Training 
September 16, 2016, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. 7.5 PDH credits, $300 

Visit the Specialty Technical Workshops page of the website for full content descriptions, instructor info, and registration instructions. 

Notice to New York State Licensed Professional Engineers! ASDSO is pleased to announce that the extremely popular classroom seminar, Inspection and Assessment of Dams, will be held in White Plains, NY on October 11-13. While the course is open to all interested participants, this is a special opportunity for you to attend an ASDSO seminar in your home state and receive approved continuing ed credit. This course is classified as CE Training and participants who complete it and the assessment quizzes will receive a certificate approved by the Practicing Institute for Engineering (PIE) for 19 professional development hours. See more info.

For more ASDSO Training News, watch for ASDSO's Training & Education Newsletter, sent on the 15th of each month.
Congratulations to Our 2016 Award Winners 

ASDSO's Awards Committee, four regions, and Board of Directors have selected ASDSO's 2016 award winners. Awards will be presented during the Awards Luncheon to be held Monday, September 12 during the Dam Safety 2016 national conference in Philadelphia. 

The September eNews will include photographs and full profiles of these honorees and other, "surprise" award recipients announced during the conference. 

Congratulations to the following:

National Rehabilitation Project of the Year: The Rehabilitation of Beaver Park Dam

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Owner) and ASI Constructors, Inc. (Contractor)
Also recognized: Colorado State Engineer's Office, Dam Safety Program; Colorado Water Conservation Board; AECOM; and Aslan Construction, Inc.

National Award of Merit
Bruce A. Tschantz, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee
Ronald A. Corso, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Hydropower Licensing (retired)

Northeast Regional Award of Merit
Suez Water, New Jersey
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, Massachusetts

Southeast Regional Award of Merit
Lyle Bentley, Chief, Tennessee Dam Safety Program

Midwest Regional Award of Merit
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Engineering

West Regional Award of Merit
John P. Clark, Dam Operations Manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Michele Lemieux, Manager/Supervisor, Montana Dam Safety Section

Terry Hampton Medal
Blake Tullis, Utah State University

Student Paper Competition
Emily Reed, Tennessee Tech University - South Carolina Flooding and Dam Failures
Yi Tyan Tsai, University of California Los Angeles - Estimating Ground Motions for Levees Founded Upon Soft Soils

ASDSO Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Cali McMurtrey, Brigham Young University

ASDSO Leaders Honored by Penwell, ACEC

Spragens Tapped for HydroVision Award  

ASDSO Executive Director Lori Spragens was named a member of the 2016 class of Women with Hydro Vision, in the Dam Safety category, at the HydroVision International conference held in Minneapolis during the last week of July.

The Women with Hydro Vision awards are designed to honor the most influential women in the hydropower industry, in ten categories. Previous winners in the Dam Safety category are ASDSO members Peggy Harding, Chief Dam Safety Engineer, Turlock Irrigation District (2014), and Debora J. Miller, President and Principal Engineer, Miller Geotechnical Consultants (2015). See the full list of 2016 winners.

Alvi and ASDSO Receive ACEC Engineering Excellence Honor Award

In considering the causes of dam failures, the ASDSO Dam Failure and Incidents Committee came to recognize the importance of human factors. This led a member of the Committee, Irfan Alvi of Alvi Associates, to take a leadership role in developing a practical framework for addressing human factors. The first result of this effort was preparation of the human factors section of the Committee's Dam Failure Investigation Guideline (2011). The second result of this effort was to prepare a paper entitled Human Factors in Dam Failures, which was presented at the 2013 ASDSO Dam Safety Conference and focused on the failure of the St. Francis dam as a case study. The presentation was well received, and led to further presentations at ASDSO conferences, with case studies including the failures of the Big Bay, Sella Zerbino, and Ka Loko dams. Finally, Mr. Alvi presented a two-hour webinar on human factors in dam failure and safety for ASDSO in 2015. We are pleased to announce that this body of research, spanning five years, resulted in Alvi Associates and ASDSO receiving a 2015 Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland, and we look forward to continuing work on this topic by Alvi Associates and the Dam Failure and Incidents Committee.

Looking Back at August
Looking Ahead to September

ASDSO webinar held on The Practical Use of Geophysics to Assess Dam and Levee Safety

DHS webinar held on Cybersecurity in the Power and Defense Sectors 

11-15  Dam Safety 2016 national conference in Philadelphia, PA


More Ways to Connect with ASDSO   
There are several ways to connect with ASDSO and colleagues from across the dam and levee safety community world wide - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now the new ASDSO LinkedIn group just for members. To access the group click here, or search ASDSO Members on LinkedIn and start a conversation. 

ASDSO Strategic Plan Update
With the assistance of a pool of dedicated member volunteers and ASDSO staff, the ASDSO Board of Directors is in the process of updating ASDSO's Strategic Plan, a task undertaken every five years. To help inform members about the plan and ASDSO's many activities, we are highlighting one goal per month in the newsletter. This month, our focus is Goal 6:

Support levee safety activities consistent with dam safety principles and interests.

A foundation for a National Levee Safety Program has been developed and continues to evolve. ASDSO supports the recommendations from the National Committee on Levee Safety for the development of a National Levee Safety Program. ASDSO recognizes that there are many similarities between dam safety and levee safety. Some state dam safety programs already handle levee safety issues. With the implementation of the National Levee Safety Program it is anticipated that additional state dam safety programs will have a role in levee safety. ASDSO therefore believes it should actively participate in the development of a National Levee Safety Program. The technical and administrative knowledge within ASDSO will be beneficial to the National Levee Safety Program
The team working on this goal consists of Charlie Cobb (AK), Shane Cook (NC), Bob Dalton (Vasconcelles Engineering Corporation), Jeff Dingrando (Stantec), and staff representatives Lori Spragens and Mark Ogden.

Read more about Goal 6.


National Weather Service to Solicit Input on its WWA System 

The National Weather Service soon plans to conduct surveys regarding its NWS Watch, Warning and Advisory (WWA) System in the coming months, some of which will be of particular interest to ASDSO members. The surveys are coming out of the NWS Hazards Simplification (HazSimp) Project, established to analyze the use and effectiveness of the WWA system and evaluate possible changes. The attached PDF provides an overview of the three surveys. The NWS will provide additional follow-up materials as each survey is ready to go live.

Call for Entries: The "Rodent Burrow Challenge"

Entrants asked to "dig deeper than the rodents" to help ensure safety of earthen dams, canals, and levees

On August 29, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources Dam Safety Branch launched a competition to prevent rodent burrows in earthen embankments. The contest - Preventing Rodent Burrows in Earthen Embankments - offers a prize purse of $20,000. Entries must be made through by 11:59 p.m. ET, Oct 11, 2016.

Background: Rodent burrows can fill with water when the water levels change, creating seepage paths, which can lead to internal erosion in embankments resulting in the potential for catastrophic failure. Trapping or baiting rodents on earthen embankments are short-term remedies, and experience has shown that within a short time, the rodents inevitably return. Annual programs of rodent removal over thousands of miles of earthen embankment are cost prohibitive and only marginally successful.

The Challenge: Solvers are asked to "dig deeper" than the rodents and offer creative, cost effective, long-term solutions to this real and serious problem.

(Note: The sponsoring agencies are also working to launch additional cash prize competitions for various challenges, including estimating sediment accumulation or remaining water storage in reservoirs; optimizing desalination processes; improving forecasts for precipitation and temperature; and long-term corrosion protection for steel structures.)

State Notes
Florida: Upcoming Dam Safety Workshop 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Florida Rural Water Association are hosting a Dam Safety and Dam Owner's Workshop October 27, 2016 in Temple Terrace, FL. This seminar is exclusively centered on Florida's embankment dams, and is designed primarily to help dam owners/operators and Environmental Resource Permit reviewers. Details.

Indiana: Upcoming Low Head Dam Forum  

The White River Festival Low Head Dam Forum will be held September 9 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Topics include: public safety issues surrounding low head dams - Major Terry Hyndman, Indiana Department of Natural Resources; the effects of low head dams on stream systems - Bob Barr, IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES), and the ecological impacts of low head dam removal -Jerry Sweeten, Manchester University. Talks will be followed by a field trip to nearby Emerichsville Dam. Forum sponsors are IUPUI CEES, Indiana Silver Jackets, Indiana Water Monitoring Council, IUPUI Office of Sustainability, Fishable Indiana Streams for Hoosiers, IUPUI Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems Imaging, and Osprey Assessments.

Oklahoma: Dams Reduce Flood Impacts

Oklahoma's 2,107 flood control dams prevented $14.2 million in damage this past month according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Read more.

Pennsylvania: Over $25 Million in Capital Funding to Repair Unsafe Dams

On August 17, Governor Tom Wolf announced $25.7 million in funding for the repair of five high-hazard, unsafe dams, and the design of two others, managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The funding is part of a comprehensive, multi-year $53.3 million plan to leverage capital budget dollars with local contributions, other support, and Oil Company Franchise Tax revenues authorized in 2013 to design and repair 10 high-hazard, unsafe dams managed by the PFBC on behalf of the Commonwealth.

South Carolina: Status Updates on Dams

Since the devastating floods of October 2015, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has posted periodic Status Updates on Dams. The latest Status Update, posted August 23, outlines DHEC's progress in evaluating dams throughout the state, issuing emergency orders, educating and assisting dam owners, and more.

Courtesy Jill Stewart, SC DHEC, 2015
Courtesy HDR Engineering, 2015

Cary's Lake Dam was one of 52 dams (47 state-regulated) breached during the October 2015 flood event in South Carolina.

Federal Focus

Now Available: NDSP Biennial Report to Congress, Fiscal Years 2014-2015  

FEMA has prepared and published The National Dam Safety Program Biennial Report to the United States Congress, Fiscal Years 2014-2015 (FEMA P-1067), pursuant to the Dam Safety Program Act of 2006, which requires a biennial report to Congress on the progress that has been achieved in dam safety during the previous two fiscal years. In fiscal years 2014 and 2015, NDSP was guided by the National Dam Safety Program Strategic Plan (FEMA P-916). A sampling of reported NDSP accomplishments and improvements: 
  • For 2014, 24 states reported that 90 percent or more of their state-regulated high hazard potential dams had emergency action plans; many states reported dramatic increases in the number of EAPs on file.
  • States reported completion of 98 percent of scheduled inspections for high hazard potential dams in 2014. 
  • Seven federal agencies have implemented risk practices in policy and process and are using risk to make dam safety decisions. 
  • Several federal agencies reported positive accounts of dam incidents in which emergency action plans were activated and proven satisfactory in effectively managing the risk associated with the event. 

U.S. GAO Reports to Congress: USACE Water Control Manuals, Progress on Levee Safety

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO, formerly the Government Accounting Office) has released two Reports to Congressional Committees related to provisions in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA 2014) for dam and levee safety:
  • Army Corps of Engineers: Additional Steps Needed for Review and Revision of Water Control Manuals [GAO-16-685] (July 2016)

    USACE owns and operates water resource projects across the USA, including more than 700 dams. To manage each project, Corps districts use water control manuals that include policies and procedures for deciding how much water to release from reservoirs; however, stakeholders have raised concerns that these manuals may not adequately address current conditions. This report examines the extent to which the Corps has reviewed or revised selected water control manuals, and describes the Corps' efforts to improve its ability to respond to extreme weather. 32 pp.
  1. Corps to reconvene the national committee on levee safety: No action, no statutory deadline.
  2. Corps to continue to develop national levee inventory: Ongoing, no statutory deadline.
  3. Corps and FEMA to implement multifaceted levee safety initiative: No action, several statutory deadlines.
  4. Corps to submit a report on the state of U.S. levees, the effectiveness of the levee safety initiative, and any necessary congressional actions: No action, statutory deadline of June 10, 2015 and biennially thereafter.
  5. Corps and FEMA to submit a report including recommendations on advisability and feasibility of a joint dam and levee-safety program: No action, statutory deadline of June 10, 2017.
  6. Corps to submit a report including recommendations that identify and address legal liabilities of engineering levee projects: No action, statutory deadline of June 10, 2015.
Agency officials identified resource constraints as a primary barrier to implementing activities, and said that lack of action results in risks to public safety and and financing disaster relief; however, the agencies have no plan for implementing the remaining activities required by the act. GAO recommends that the Corps and FEMA develop a plan that includes milestones for implementing the required national levee-safety-related activities using existing resources or requesting additional resources as needed. The agencies generally concurred with GAO's recommendation. 28 pp.

(Related is a July 2016 report from the Center for American Progress, which urges a $500 billion increase in federal expenditures on infrastructure over the next 10 years and specifies levees as a particular area of concern: An Infrastructure Plan for America - How Investing in Infrastructure will lay the Foundation for Prosperity, Advance Environmental Goals, and Rebuild the Middle Class.) 

Drones Help TVA Inspect Dams

The Tennessee Valley Authority has employed a new batch of dam inspectors, but not the two-legged kind. TVA has found that unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) offer a safe, cost-effective alternative to human rope-access inspections. Read more.

Publications and Resources

Latest ASDSO Surveys

ASDSO frequently conducts informal surveys of state dam safety programs, primarily in response to requests from state program personnel. Responses to inquiries regarding "Use of CentriCast for CMP Rehab" and "Hydrologic Model Calibration/Uncertainty" are now posted on the ASDSO Surveys page, in the Members section of

Western Dam Engineering Technical Note

The semi-annual Western Dam Engineering Technical Note is funded by FEMA and sponsored by the Colorado Division of Water Resources, the Montana Department of Natural Resources, and the Wyoming State Engineer's Office. The August 2016 issue includes the following articles, by Jennifer Williams, Chad Vensel, and Jessie Drayton (AECOM, Denver):
  • Dam, You're Getting Old! - Understanding and Managing the Risks of Aging Dams
  • Retrofitting Old Dams to Address New Hydrologic Inadequacies
  • Internal Erosion: Issues Just Below the Surface
New Technical Reports from USACE ERDC

New reports from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi include:

ERDC/GSL TR-16-27: Blast Load Simulator Experiments for Computational Model Validation: Report 1 (August 2016). The study's objective: to enable the Department of Defense to accurately predict air-blast environments produced by explosive detonations and their interactions with objects that create a complex geometry, such as buildings, bridges, dams, and other structures. 86 pp.

ERDC/GSL TR-16-8: Transient Seepage Analyses in Levee Engineering Practice (July 2016), the first in a series of reports providing guidance and tools to practicing engineers on the proper use of transient seepage analysis using the finite element method. This report uses innovative analytical solutions and a cross section of a generic levee, common to the southeastern U.S., to provide a basic introduction to properly performing transient seepage analyses. A comparison of the results obtained from well-known seepage computer programs for one-dimensional analytical solutions and the two-dimensional generic levee cross section is given. The soil property data and geometry data needed to perform a transient seepage analysis are discussed in detail. Advice on when a transient seepage solution is appropriate is given. Hydrographs that mimic typical floods are used in the transient analyses for the generic levee cross section. Procedures for comparing the results of different transient analyses, as well as comparing transient analyses to steady state analyses, are developed. 113 pp.

USGS Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP) 

As dam removal is a relatively new trend, so is the study of its implications. A new Web-based tool from the U.S. Geological Survey - The Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP) - aims to further understanding of the physical and ecological effects of dam removal. Here, users can explore information about completed dam removal projects in the U.S. and elsewhere, and tap associated scientific studies. An August 2016 USGS Open File Report describes the architecture of the portal:

Duda, J.J., Wieferich, D.J., Bristol, R.S., Bellmore, J.R., Hutchison, V.B., Vittum, K.M., Craig, Laura, and Warrick, J.A., 2016, Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP)-A map-based resource linking scientific studies and associated geospatial information about dam removals: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1132, 14 pp.

New Technical Bulletins from the International Commission on Large Dams

Now available through the ICOLD Bookstore:

Bulletin 166, Inspection of Dams following Earthquake Guidelines - This revised bulletin incorporates lessons learned from earthquakes that have caused damage to dams since the preceding version was published.

Bulletin 146, Dams and Resettlement - Lessons Learnt and Recommendations - This report highlights the latest policies, criteria and resettlement measures adopted, their implementation aspects, and the effectiveness of mitigation measures designed to minimize adverse social impacts of relocation. 

Bulletin 157, Small Dams: Design, Surveillance and Rehabilitation - Prepared as a guide for small dam owners, engineering, government agencies, developers, and contractors, this bulletin presents recommendations for ensuring the safe and cost-effective operation of small dams.

Bulletin 148, Selecting Seismic Parameters for Large Dams - Guidelines (revision of Bulletin 72) - Major revisions in this new version of the bulletin are: A new section on Seismic Input parameters, reference to liquefaction, introduction of Safety Evaluation Earthquake (SEE), improved references to problems posed when constructing dams across active faults, improved references to Reservoir-Triggered Earthquakes (RTE), additional material on Peak Vertical Accelerations and Earthquake Durations, updated references to attenuation formulae, and an updated list of references.

APEGBC Guidelines on Site Characterization for Dam Foundations

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) has published professional practice guidelines for Site Characterization for Dam Foundations in BC. The new guidelines set out clear standards of practice for professionals working on site characterization for dams in BC and define the roles and responsibilities of the Engineer of Record and Design Engineer. The guidelines were developed in response to a recommendation made in the Independent Expert Engineering Panel report, which was issued following the breach of the Mt. Polley tailings pond on August 4, 2014. Many BC professional engineers and geoscientists were involved in developing the guidelines, contributing expertise from other industries and organizations, including the Canadian Dam Association and the Mining Association of BC. 64 pp.

Instructors: Scott Burch and Rich Lee, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

The webinar consists of two sessions. Session 1 is an overview of geophysical methods applicable to dams and levees, theory behind the methodologies, and the strengths and limitations of each method. It also covers what additional investigations, such as drilling, are necessary to calibrate the geophysical data in order to provide a holistic evaluation of the subsurface conditions and how these conditions can affect dam and levee safety.

Session 2 is an in-depth case study of how a particular geophysical method, MASW (Multi-Channel Assessment of Surface Waves) was used to assess subsurface conditions and potential levee safety concerns for the East Coast Protection Levee System in South Florida. Each session is 45-50 minutes with Q&A afterward.

Member Price: $60.00
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Welcome New Members!
The following individuals joined ASDSO in August:

Neil Amwake, Wallingford Water and Sewer Divisions, Wallingford, CT
Andrew Antell, D'Appolonia Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA
Aaron Arrowood, GA Department of Natural Resources, Atlanta, GA
Robyn Brown, CO Division of Water Resources, Glenwood Springs, CO
Amanda Brownlee, NV Division of Water Resources, Carson City, NV
Geoffrey Cerrelli, Capital RC&D, Mechanicsburg, PA
Amanda Crandall, Gomez & Sullivan Engineers, P.C., Utica, NY
edward daly, Jr., Bergmann Associates, Conshohocken, PA
Parisa Fardanesh, New York Power Authority, White Plains, NY
Jason Gehrig, Tarrant Regional Water District, Fort Worth, TX
Andrew Harpur, Golder Associates Inc., Mount Laurel, NJ
Graham Hart, ND State Water Commission, Bismarck, ND
Timothy Haynes, GEI Consultants, Inc., Oakland, CA
Christy Hill, Stantec Consulting Services Inc, Williamsubrg, VA
Peter Hornak, Wallingford Water and Sewer Divisions, Wallingford, CT
Keith Johnson, NV Division of Water Resources, Carson City, NV
Nicholas M. Josten, GENTERRA Consultants, Inc., Irvine, CA
Mark Knolle, ConeTec, Inc., West Berlin, NJ
Joe Kudritz, Michael Baker International, Coraopolis, PA
Joelle Lang, Geokon, Inc., Lebanon, NH
Robert Lankford, AECOM, Greenwood Village, CO
Katie Laro, MetStat, Inc., Fort Collins, CO
Zachary Libbin, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Las Cruces, NM
Amanda Lopez, AECOM, Aurora, CO
Richard Meskill, Wallingford Water and Sewer Divisions, Wallingford, CT
Joseph Michiels, HAKS Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C., Mount Laurel, NJ
Tim Miller, Jr., South Carolina Electric & Gas, Cayce, SC
Matthew Mohler, City of Hagerstown, Hagerstown, MD
Fran├žois Morel, Electricite de France (EDF), Le Bourget du Lac
Nathan Morgan, Bureau of Reclamation, Mills, WY
Christine Mugele, W.W. Wheeler & Associates, Inc., Englewood, CO
John Policastro, Marion Hill Associates Inc., New Brighton, PA
Michael Powers, USGS, Denver, CO
Leonard Schilling, Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, NV
Dan Schmutz, Greenman - Pedersen, Inc., Orlando, FL
Melissa Sebastian, D'Appolonia Engineering, Pittsburgh, PA
Megan Sheffer, B.C. Hydro, Burnaby, BC
Evan Sockaci, Brayman Construction Corporation, Saxonburg, PA
Lorena Soriano, International Boundary and Water Commission, El Paso, TX
Robert Stetkar, Golder Associates, Inc., West Bristol, PA
Todd Street, W.W. Wheeler & Associates, Inc., Englewood, CO
Doug Taylor, LaDOTD, Baton Rouge, LA
Monica J. Wedo, Austin, TX
Bill Weihbrecht, AECOM, Harrisburg, PA
James Willis, Tierra Group International, Ltd., Salt Lake City, UT



Visit the ASDSO Career Center to learn about the positions listed below, view student resumes, and post career and internship opportunities.

Area Project Manager 
Brazos River Authority, Graford, Texas 
Post Date: Friday, August 12, 2016 
Close Date: Monday, September 12, 2016 

Environmental Engineer 1/2/3 
Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, Fulton County, GA 
Post Date: Friday, July 29, 2016 
Close Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

Deputy Chief Dam Safety
New York City Environmental Protection, Shokan, NY
Post Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Close Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Partner News and Events
E0431 Understanding the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) will be held at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland on October 24-27, 2016 and May 8-11, 2017. This course enables emergency management personnel and response and recovery personnel from all political jurisdictions to more effectively understand, activate, implement, and use the EMAC system.

Dam Safety 101 Workshop for Dam Owners and Operators. An introductory workshop for all dam owners, including smaller utilities and owners of one dam. Conducted by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission engineers. September 27, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. 

Tailings and Mine Waste '16 Conference and Short Courses, October 2-5, 2016 in Keystone, Colorado. A forum for members of the mining community, engineers and scientists, regulatory and other interest groups concerned with environmental issues related to tailings and mine waste management. 

DFI International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation. October 12-15, 2016 in New York, New York. DFI's 41st Annual Conference will attract industry professionals from around the globe to gather and share experiences, exchange ideas and learn the current state-of-the-practice from various disciplines. 

FLOODrisk 2016
, October 17-21 in Lyon France. The FLOODrisk conference, held every four years since 2008, brings together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to share experience and progress made in flood risk research, policy, and management practice worldwide. FLOODrisk 2016 will focus on science policy interfacing, the applicability of flood risk research into practice, and communication and international networking.  Several members of ASDSO and of the U.S. Levee Safety Coalition are planning to attend this important event.

ASCE Geo-Institute Cross-USA Lecture Tour. The American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute has announced that the following chapters have been selected to host Dr. George Filz, the Charles E. Via Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, on his 2016-2017 Cross-USA Lecture Tour: 

Oregon Geo-Institute Chapter - ASCE Oregon Geotech Group 
Sacramento G-I Chapter 
G-I Hawaii Chapter 
Central New York Geo-Institute 
ASCE Los Angeles Chapter 

Dr. Filz's Cross-USA lecture topics include seepage barriers, deep mixing, and other areas related to dam and levee engineering. Lecture dates and topics will be posted on the Geo-Institute website. 



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