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Some Friday morning news from Austin...
www.statesman.com/news/news/governor-abbott-declares-emergency-to-get-more-flo/npG4Y/ ... See MoreSee Less
Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full?
Below is another article out of South Carolina concerning the recent flooding and a large number of dam failures. Several things come to mind..This article should be a real gratitude builder for sponsors of NRCS Watershed Program dams. The planning, engineering, design and construction inspection that goes in to an NRCS Watershed dam is second to none. Even though the 97 SC NRCS dams were not in the bullseye..it is noteworthy that they did not fail and provided 2.2m in benefits during the recent storm events. These projects may be the bright spot in an otherwise very wet, dismal situation. We should never take the quality of our projects for granted and as project sponsors we must do everything in our power to maintain the investment and insure quality, functionality.
Reprinted from The State:
DHEC issues repair orders for 167 more SC dams
By Andrew Shain - [email protected]
New requests come for dams that pose no immediate risk of failureDam owners have until Feb. 2 to submit repair plans to regulatorsState issued emergency orders earlier for 75 dams that breached or could failState regulators have sent letters to owners of another 167 dams requesting that they submit repair plans after a historic rainstorm a month ago. Twenty-six of those dams are in Richland and Lexington counties, among the areas hit hardest in the Oct. 4 storm that drenched the region with more than a foot of rain.The latest round of repair requests comes for dams that DHEC said posed no immediate risk of failing after post-storm assessments with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DHEC spokeswoman Jennifer Read said.Three weeks ago, DHEC sent emergency orders to owners of 75 breached or severely damaged dams. Those orders required owners to lower water levels and hire engineers to inspect their dams. They had to submit repair plans by last week.In the new repair requests, dam owners have until Feb. 2 to submit a report with an engineer’s recommendations and an application to receive a state permit for repairs, according to letters sent by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.The latest repair requests show DHEC has determined that more than a third of the dams in more densely populated areas require repair after post-storm inspections. DHEC director Catherine Heigel said during an agency meeting Wednesday that state regulators would work to speed repair and construction permits for dams damaged in the storm.During what has been called a once-in-a-thousand-year storm, 31 regulated dams failed statewide, including 18 in Richland and Lexington counties. Another five state unregulated dams also failed, including one on Fort Jackson, DHEC said.Heigel said she is working with lawmakers and Gov. Nikki Haley’s office on dam-related legislation, but her office did not provide any details.DHEC has hired HDR, an Omaha, Neb.-based engineering firm, to assess the state’s dam safety program, which has been ranked as one of nation’s most poorly funded. Heigel said her agency’s Land and Waste Management division — which oversees underground storage tanks, infectious waste and mining — is “babysitting” dams that suffered the most damage. The dams receiving that close monitoring are the 75 that received emergency orders three weeks ago, Read said.Heigel said she thinks the public has appreciated how her agency has posted information on its website about failed and damaged dams, but more work is needed. “Was the (dam) program perfect before? No,” she said. “We always have the opportunity for improvement.” ... See MoreSee Less
Great Watershed Program news from USDA NRCS! Mr Farmer serves as the current NRCS technical contact to the Coalition and has been a wonderful partner. Mr. Farmer has a keen interest in assisting sponsors through the delivery of quality service. Congratulations to Kevin on the new position and to NRCS for the quality selection. We look forward to continuing our work together.
"The Conservation Engineering Division is pleased to announce that Mr. Kevin Farmer has accepted the Team Leader position for the National Watershed Team in Washington, DC. Kevin is currently serving as the program manager for the national watershed rehabilitation program in NRCS national headquarters.
As the Team Leader, Mr. Farmer will provide overall leadership, strategic direction and coordination of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, Watershed Rehabilitation Program, and Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program and other watershed related activities. He will also be responsible for watershed policy development and implementation.
Kevin is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological & Agricultural Systems Engineering. He has more than 16 years of service and experience managing watershed activities for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, Watershed Rehabilitation Program, Watershed Operations Program, and watershed planning programs.
Kevin has held several positions within the NRCS including National Watershed Rehabilitation Program Manager, Acting Watershed Rehabilitation Program Coordinator, State Conservation Engineer for NRCS-RI, State Construction Engineer for NRCS-GA, Wetland Team Leader for NRCS-CA, and Civil Engineer for NRCS-MN.
Mr. Farmer is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a graduate of the 2010 NRCS National Leadership Development program. During this program, he facilitated the latest revision of the National Engineering Manual. He is also a graduate of the 2015 NRCS Strategic Leaders Development Program.
As National Watershed Rehabilitation Program Manager, Kevin has enhanced partner working relationships, managed the largest rehab program budget in Agency history, facilitated the revision of the POINTS tool and maintained a 97 percent obligation rate for program funds. Mr. Farmer was instrumental in developing the agency briefing for the USDA Dam Safety Committee that outlined the strategy to provide NRCS assistance to address imminent hazards associated with our aging dams."
Congratulations from the National Watershed Coalition! ... See MoreSee Less
New South Carolina information:
USDA-NRCS preliminary analysis of storms associated with Hurricane Joaquin reveals that an estimated two feet of rain fell on parts of South Carolina during the October 1-4, 2015 time period. A report on the economic benefits associated with 97 Natural Resource Conservation Service assisted dams located in 27 counties installed under the authority of the Watershed Protection and Flood Protection Act (PL 83-566) was produced. According to the analysis of the staff at the National Water Management Center, these dams provided over $2.2 million in benefits for watersheds protected by NRCS assisted dams during this period. ... See MoreSee Less