Rehab Or Remove: A Beginner's Guide To Dams

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides $585 million for the repair or breaching of dams defined as “high hazard.” For many communities, this presents a choice: Rehabilitate the dam...


Why You Might See A GZA Engineer Climbing A Cliff

If you’re driving by a major dam one day, or driving down the highway looking at a cliff, you wouldn’t expect to see someone rappelling down the front of it. Yet that’s all in a day’s work for a dam...


Case Study: Swan Pond

Swan Pond is a 2-acre pond formed near the headwaters of Meadow Brook in Springfield, Massachusetts, within the city’s 734-acre Forest Park. The Main Greeting Road into Forest Park crosses the 45 foot...


Peterson Pond Dam Update – Part 1

Lori Wolfe, of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, discusses the Peterson Pond Dam removal , which our dams team served as a consultant on.


Aging Dams and the Importance of Infrastructure

As a long-time corporate member of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, GZA has been aware of the looming crisis with our nation’s dams for years. Every so often, a major and sometimes...


Down With The Dam

Old dams are being taken down around the country for environmental and safety reasons. In Massachusetts, the story of the Upper Roberts Meadow Reservoir Dam removal project shows the complexities...

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Turbid Discharge Incident At Cannonsville Dam

On July 8, 2015, the New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) discovered a turbid discharge at the toe of Cannonsville Dam, a 2,800 ft. long, 175 ft. max. height, earthen dam constructed...