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Safety training for Arkansas dam owners

Bob Bowers, PE

Most activities within the dam safety community are geared toward reducing the risk of dam failure. As dams continue to age across the country, more and more are considered deficient from a dam safety perspective. Dam repairs and upgrades and proper operation and maintenance plans are important for preventing failures and the associated public safety, economic, and environmental impacts. The Arkansas dam safety regulations reflect those national goals.

This challenge is prevalent in communities across the U.S., including the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, which owns four high-hazard dams that supply water to residents. OBG’s Bob Bowers, PE, vice president of OBG’s dams & water resources division, has been working with the City of Hot Springs over the past three years to implement a dam safety program that will help bring the City’s dams into compliance with state and federal regulations for the foreseeable future.

Learn more in the recent presentation Bob gave during the 2017 Arkansas Dam Owner Workshop, which was hosted by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission in Little Rock, Arkansas.

City of Hot Springs – Dam Safety Program [PDF]

About Bob Bowers: Bob has 39 years of water resources engineering and construction management experience with specific expertise in dam engineering, including the investigation, design, and construction of earth fill, rock fill, concrete, and roller compacted concrete dams. As vice president of OBG’s dams & water resources division, Bob has directed major projects for municipal, state, and federal clients, including water resources projects for the Philadelphia Water Department and the Philadelphia and New York Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Bob serves on the Advisory Committee for the ASDSO and the Embankment Dams Committee for the U.S. Society on Dams.

Bob can be reached at Robert.Bowers@obg.com