Seminars emphasize dam safety
"Hawaii Dam Safety Training" seminars will be held for dam owners and operators in each county, starting Oct. 25, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a news release.
The course will be presented by trainers from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Chris Veesart, Patrick Wanker and Jeff Daniels. Training topics will include:
» How embankment dams typically fail.
» Symptoms of a possible dam failure.
» How to conduct dam safety inspections.
» How to assess liability and identify unsafe practices.
» How to develop and test an emergency action plan.
The seminar is suitable for dam owners, lessees, facility managers, and operators and maintenance personnel, design engineers, planners and consultants, and others involved in the design, construction, regulation and emergency response planning for dams and reservoirs, the department said.
Each three-day seminar will take place on the four main islands. Dam owners and operators can attend at no cost and will be given priority. Others may attend for $20.
The statewide schedule is:
» Hawaii: Oct. 25-27 at the Department of Agriculture, Waimea Irrigation System conference room.
» Oahu: Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Ala Moana Hotel, Ilima Room.
» Maui: Nov. 29- Dec. 1 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
» Kauai: Dec. 4-6 at the Kauai Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center.
To register or for more information, contact Denise Manuel, DLNR-Engineering Dam Safety Program, at Denise.M.Manuel@ hawaii.gov. Registration deadline is one week before each session.