Two Dams Break in Michigan' s Upper Peninsula

On May 14, an earthen dike on the Dead River near Marquette, Michigan collapsed, sending an 8-billion gallon torrent of water downstream and ultimately forcing another dam breach the following day. Over 1,700 people were evacuated from their homes.

The 90-year old dam, which held back Silver Lake, was restraining the pressure of heavy rains at the time of collapse, but according to reports, the water level was nowhere near anticipated critical levels. Investigations are still underway.

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Great Flows for Great Falls, North Carolina!

In late 2002, Duke Power applied to FERC to amend its license for the Catawba-Wateree project requesting modification of the project boundary to exclude two bypass reaches – stretches of riverbed where the natural water flow is diverted to generate power. One of these bypassed reaches was once the Great Falls of the Catawba, a series of high rapids neighboring a town which took the name Great Falls in regard for the local scenery.

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EPA Calls for Dam Removal on Montana' s FERC Project Milltown Dam

On April 15th, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Montana jointly issued a proposed Superfund cleanup plan that calls for the removal of FERC project Milltown Dam. The action follows a local groundswell that ultimately turned the president and governor from opponents of dam removal into supporters.

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FERC publishes Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) rule

FERC issued a new rule that restricts access to certain information about energy infrastructure that may pose national security concerns. (FERC calls this Critical Energy Infrastructure Information, or CEII).This rule replaces a previous (and similar) policy which was issued shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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