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VOLUME 1 <br />ISSUE 3 <br />NOVEMBER 2013 <br /> <br />Introduction……………………………………….….. 1 <br />Embankment Dam Slope Stability 101….……...…2 <br />When it Rains Does it Pour?: Design Precipitation Depths for Dam Safety…………..7 <br />What the Heck Should be in my Spec? Part 1: Earthwork Considerations…………..12 <br /> <br />1 <br /> <br />A QUARTERLY PUBLICAT ION FOR WESTERN DAM ENGINEERS <br />2013 Colorado Flooding Event Link <br /> <br />Upcoming ASDSO Webinar Dam Safety Training: <br />Internal Drainage Systems for Embankment Dams, <br />By James R. Talbot, P.E., December 10, 2013 <br />Intro to Armoring Embankment Dams & Earthcut Spillways <br />With ACBs, by Paul Schweiger, P.E., and Chris Thornton, <br />Ph.D., P.E., January 14, 2014 <br />Upcoming ASDSO Classroom Technical Seminars <br />Inspection and Assessment of Dams, Little Rock, AR, <br />March 4-6, 2014. <br />Seepage Through Earthen Dams, Denver, CO, April 1-2, 2014 <br />ASDSO Training Website Link <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />In this issue of the Western Dam Engineering <br />Technical Note, we present articles on embankment <br />slope stability with a focus on low hazard structures, a <br />new tool for estimating precipitation, and the first in a <br />series of articles on the importance of technical <br />project specifications. This quarterly newsletter is <br />meant as an educational resource for civil engineers <br />who practice primarily in rural areas of the western <br />United States. This publication focuses on technical <br />articles specific to the design, inspection, safety, and <br />construction of small dams. It provides general <br />information. The reader is encouraged to use the <br />references cited and engage other technical experts <br />as appropriate. <br /> <br /> The Western Dam Engineering Technical <br /> Note is sponsored by the following <br /> agencies: <br />S Colorado Division of Water Resources <br />S Montana Department of Natural <br />Resources <br />S Wyoming State Engineer’s Office <br /> This news update was compiled, written, <br /> and edited by URS Corporation in Denver, <br /> Colorado <br /> Funding for the News Update has been <br /> provided by the FEMA National Dam Safety <br /> Act Assistance to States grant program. <br /> Article Contributors: <br /> URS Corporation: Mark Belau, PE; Dennis <br /> Miller, PE; Christina Winckler, PE; <br /> Jennifer Williams, PE; Jason Boomer, PE; <br /> John France, PE <br /> <br /> Editorial Review Board: <br />Michele Lemieux, PE, Montana Dam Safety <br />Program Supervisor; Bill McCormick, PE, PG, <br />Colorado Chief Dam Safety Branch; <br />Mike Hand, PE, Wyoming Dam Safety <br /> Program; Mark Ogden, PE, Association <br /> of State Dam Safety Officials; <br /> Matthew Lindon, PE, Loughlin Water <br /> Associates; and Steve Becker, PE, <br /> Natural Resources Conservation Service <br /> The material in this publication has been prepared in accordance with generally recognized engineeri ng principles and practices, and is for general information only. The information <br />presented should not be used without first securing competent advice from qualified professionals with respect to its suitability for any general or specific application. No reference made in <br />this publication constitutes an endorsement or warranty thereof by URS Corporation or sponsors of this newsletter. Anyone using the information presented in this newsletter assumes all <br />liability arising from such use.