(Un)natural Hazards: Aging US Dams and Levees -Monitoring, Maintenance, Renewal, and Risk

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Session ID#: 22591

Session Description:
The US contains more than 30,000 miles of levees and 88,000 dams - 13,500 of these dams are rated as high hazard dams. Safety inspections, monitoring, and restoration varies dramatically by state and ownership. It is clear from the recent failures of spillways, levees, small dams, and tailing mine dams across the country that the state of these aging infrastructure elements is of serious concern.

What are the potential ways to quantify the risks associated with the portfolio of water infrastructure in the US, communicate these risks, and fund management strategies for the future?

The panelists will use their extensive experience with dams and levees over the last century to discuss the issues of quantifying risks associated with the portfolio of water infrastructure in the US, the threats posed by increasing incidence of extreme climate events, how to communicate these risks, and funding strategies for future infrastructure investments.

Primary Convener:  Michelle W Ho, Columbia University of New York, Columbia Water Center, Palisades, NY, United States
Conveners:  Upmanu Lall, Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, New York, NY, United States, Casey Brown, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amherst, MA, United States and Ramesh P Singh, Chapman University, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Orange, CA, United States
Co-Organized with:
Natural Hazards, Hydrology, and Public Affairs

  • H - Hydrology
  • PA - Public Affairs
Index Terms:

1808 Dams [HYDROLOGY]
4306 Multihazards [NATURAL HAZARDS]
4343 Preparedness and planning [NATURAL HAZARDS]
6349 General or miscellaneous [POLICY SCIENCES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Kenneth W Potter, Univ Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States
Brian D Richter, Sustainable Waters, Washington, DC, United States
David L Wegner, House of Representatives, Tucson, AZ, United States
Karen An, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States, Cathleen E Jones, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States and David P Bekaert, JPL/NASA/Caltech, Pasadena, CA, United States
Nicole T Carter, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, United States
Yasir Al-husseinawi, Zhenhong Li, Peter J Clarke and Stuart Edwards, Newcastle University, School of Engineering, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
David Raff, Department of the Interior Denver, Denver, CO, United States

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