US Dam Safety is an online community for citizens, elected town, city and government officials, representatives, dam owners and engineers to collaborate to improve the safety of our nation’s dams and save lives.
US Dam Safety.org is a Sister Website of Dam Concerned Citizens’ Inc.
In September 2005 a small group of concerned citizens (Dam Concerned Citizens’ Inc) set out on a mission. To “improve the safety, protection, and welfare of Schoharie Valley residents from the threat of flood by causing speedy and through repairs to be made, and flood control capability to be added, to the Gilboa Dam in Upstate New York.”
Their mission was to hold the Gilboa Dam owner responsible for adequate repairs and enforce dam safety. They pushed for the installation of a notch and siphons to proactively drain more water downstream, flood mitigation and for alert sirens in the Schoharie Valley.
They were relentless in their efforts to ensure that the Gilboa Dam and citizens of the Schoharie Valley were safe. Those efforts paid off in August of 2011 when Hurricane Irene hit the Schoharie Valley.
The max inflow into the Schoharie Reservoir on 8-28-11 was 120,000cfs. The max spillage at the Gilboa Dam was 111,000 cfs with a max el of 1,137,70’ the 9,000 cfs.
The flood alert sirens sounded, and the residents downstream were evacuated before the water came rushing down the Schoharie Valley.
The installation of a notch and siphons to proactively drain more water downstream and the flood alert sirens saved many lives that day!
The Wake-Up Call
Hurricane Irene was a wake-up call for the owners and engineers in charge of ensuring the safety of the Gilboa Dam. They went on to complete the massive repairs at the Gilboa Dam and implemented flood mitigation into the design.
The NYCDEP has done an excellent job in bringing the old Gilboa Dam infrastructure up to modern standards of safety.
One small group of citizens worked together, with their community to improve the condition of the Gilboa Dam, and that saved lives. And your community can do the same for your failing dam.
The key is working together, as a community to improve the safety of our nation’s dams.
Working together, as a community, we can improve the safety of our nation’s dams by collaborating, enforcing through repairs be made, implementing flood mitigation, and alert sirens to save lives.
Join the “US Dam Safety” community today!