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Water & Dams - Featured Headline
Massive Belo Monte Dam Rises in Amazonia
Engineers call the hydropower complex the most daring project under way in Brazil.

Photo by Augusto Diniz/O Empreiteiro

The Last Straw
Lake Mead, the reservoir for drinking water in Las Vegas, is in trouble. The city and its suburbs have long been challenged by a limited water supply, but the very real effects of climate change are exacerbating and accelerating already dry conditions. The region's 2 million residents depend almost entirely on the Colorado River, yet its lake-stored flows are set to dwindle significantly in the next few decades.

Photo by John Guzzon / ENR

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04/22/15 Multi-Year Bank Rehab Secures Las Vegas Wash

Few visitors to Las Vegas are likely to realize they are using the same water as on their previous visit.
04/22/15 Lake Mead Intake Project Manges Risk Proactively

Approach enabled contractor to make quick decisions.
04/14/15 California Adopts Drought Measures

Worst drought in 1,000 years will trigger measures that will affect home builders first, says AGC district manager in Southern California.
03/31/15 The World's Largest Roller-Compacted Concrete Dams

The world's largest roller-compacted concrete dams, ranked by the volume of roller-compacted concrete.
03/27/15 Israel and Jordan Sign Pact To Build $1B Pilot 'Red-Dead' Canal

Project is a prototype for a $10-billion scheme the bank said in 2013 was feasible; countries will share water supplies; tenders are set to come out by year end.
03/11/15 Water, Environment: Tarrant Regional Water District Richland Chambers Wetlands
Using CM-at-risk approach, the team delivered the project on schedule and under budget.
03/11/15 Nashville Officials Unveil Flood Plan

Project will include $100 million in improvements.
03/11/15 Groundwater Salinity Rises After Okeechobee Dike Fix

The saline water is likely the remnant of seawater from millions of years ago, sources say.
03/02/15 Sao Paulo Issues Bids To Address Drought Crisis

Southeastern Brazil is experiencing the worst drought in more than 80 years.
12/16/14 Mammoth Lock Takes Shape in Belgium

Ship access capacity to the Antwerp’s Waasland Canal complex in Belgium will be more than doubled by construction of the world’s largest volume ship lock at the Deurganck dock. With a budget exceeding £500 million, the lock on the River Scheldt’s left bank—500 meters long, 68 m wide and 17.8 m deep—is due to start operations in spring 2016.
12/10/14 $5.25-Billion Panama Canal Expansion Program Moves Into the Final Leg

Contractor prepares to install the ‘brain’ and ‘nervous system’ that will allow the gates to move and the locks to be flooded.
12/04/14 As Hydropower Grows in China, So Does Seismic Threat

Two earthquakes this year that struck China’s southwest Yunnan province are stirring up concerns that the seismic zone may be becoming more active.
12/01/14 Speakers Upbeat About Future at ENR’s Western Water Summit

Despite historic drought, utilities and engineering firms finding solution to meet future demands.
11/18/14 Egypt Launches Suez Canal Expansion Project

Now in the early stages of construction, the expansion project is estimated to cost $4 billion and has an optimistic target of one year to complete.
10/28/14 Oregon Project Team Channels Conflicting River Needs

An Oregon dam upgrade will provide three distinct river channels, all engineered to match differing needs.
10/08/14 New Desal Project in Central Texas will Be Largest Inland Plant in U.S.

Project will help diversify San Antonio’s water supply
10/08/14 Roller-Compacted Concrete Dam Raise Project Will Store Water

Construction on the world's largest dam-raise project of its kind wrapped up this summer, providing the San Diego County Water Authority with an additional 152,000 acre-ft of water, more than doubling the capacity of the St. Vincente reservoir.
10/08/14 Project to Provide Woodland and Davis with More Sustainable Water Supply

Current groundwater supplies are deterioriating, officials say.
10/08/14 Drought in Western U.S. Has Water Utilities Considering a Range of Solutions

Firms say utilities are rethinking water reuse, desalination
09/24/14 ASCE Calls For National Flood Risk Management Vision

Task force delivers an analysis of why national progress on flood risk management is disappointing and offers recommendations to get things moving
09/24/14 Pneumatic System Gets First Use Firing Live Fish From River

Design adapted from fruit handling system shoots live fish uphill through 120 ft tube without harm.
09/16/14 Effort To Clean Up Ganges Gains Momentum

New Indian Water Resources Minister vows to clean up India's holiest river within three years.
08/27/14 Small But Key Project to Clear Path for More Everglades Projects

Control structure will regulate the release of runoff water in critical C-44 canal.
08/19/14 Diverse Interests Hail $7.5-Billion Calif. Water Bond Measure

Construction officials say measure has broad support in the state.
08/13/14 Toledo Drinking Water Crisis Draws Attention to National Issue

Water crisis in Toledo puts spotlight on a national problem.
08/06/14 Broken Water Line Required Complex Triage in L.A.

As crews work to repair damage from the flood, some speculate that the city's aging water infrastructure could lead to more problems in the future.
08/05/14 Bay Area Cities To Spend $1.5 Billion for Sewer Upgrades

Upgrades to sewer systems will prevent discharges of raw sewage into San Francisco Bay.
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