TCEQ Holds Dam Safety Workshops

11 01 2010

During 2009, the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Harris County OEM, Harris County Flood Control District, and the City of Houston OEM to hold a Workshop and a Tabletop Exercise involving the possibility of a dam break related to the Addicks and/or Barker Reservoirs.  The Workshop was held at the Bear Creek Community Center in June 2009.  This was a prelude to the Tabletop Exercise that was held in July 2009 at Seven Lakes High School in the Katy area. 

The study group that has worked for well over a year will continue to meet in 2010; and tentatively is planning to hold another emergency management exercise sometime later in the year.  For those of you who attended the above events last year, you may have interest in a couple of upcoming events hosted by TCEQ.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is scheduling two dam safety workshops in February.

Thursday, February 11—New Braunfels 

Courtyard New Braunfels River Village, 750 IH 35 North

Thursday, February 25—Decatur

Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W U.S. 380

The one day sessions will educate dam owners about topics including state dam safety laws and regulations, dam failure modes and case histories, owner responsibilities/liabilities and security issues, dam operations, maintenance, inspections, and developing and implementing emergency action plans.

Cost of each workshop is $65. Walk-in and on-site registrations will be accepted. Workshop hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with registration sign-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch and refreshment breaks are included in the registration fee. Participants will also receive a copy of the workshop manual, and the opportunity to talk one-on-one with TCEQ dam safety personnel.

Registration deadline for the New Braunfels event is Feb. 4.  Registration deadline for the Decatur event is Feb. 18.  For registration and workshop information, visit the Dam Safety Workshop for Owners and Operators page on the TCEQ Web site: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/events/dam-safety.html or, contact Warren Samuelson, 512-239-5195, wsamuels@tceq.state.tx.us

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