EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program: Emergency Action Planning


Date: May 16, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


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In accordance with current Connecticut regulations, dam owners of Class C and Class B dams must prepare an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The level of detail within the plan can vary depending upon the area to be impacted downstream of the dam in the event of a failure. As with all types of emergency situations, many entities are necessary to provide the proper level of response to protect the public and respond to developing situations. The events surrounding the Oroville Dam in California, although on a much larger scale, remind us of the events that occurred locally in 1963 at Spaulding Pond Dam in Norwich and in1982 at Bushy Hill Pond Dam in Deep River. and the potential impact dams can have on our communities. As dam professionals, owners, contractors, and regulators, it is important that we are prepared for emergency situations; that we have the tools to protect the downstream resource areas, the public, and the downstream infrastructure.

This EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program will discuss the anatomy of an EAP, provide some explanation of what goes into dam break modeling, provide an overview of the EAP requirements of CT s dam safety program, and a case study/lessons learned from an emergency situation during a dam rehabilitation and what the contractor did to respond.

Following the presentations, a question and answer panel discussion between presenters and attendees will take place.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – Connecticut Dam Management Program – Emergency Action Planning


Program Chair:

  • Matthew A. Taylor, P.E., Principal/Senior Vice President, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

The Anatomy of an Emergency Action Plan

  • J. Matthew Bellisle, P.E., Senior Vice President, Pare Corporation

Dam Break Analysis and Mapping  

  • Christine E. Suhonen, P.E., Water Resources Engineer, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Update from the Connecticut DEEP

  • Ivonne Hall, Supervising Civil Engineer of Dam Safety Program, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Emergency Response During Construction

  • Dan Galante, Vice President, T Ford Company, Inc.

Attendee List

Whyndam Abrams Yale University Environmental Affairs Officer
Nathaniel Arai GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Senior Project Manager
Tom Battles HRP Associates, Inc. Engineering Practice Leader
James Andrew Bevilacqua Town of North Haven, CT Town Engineer
Harold Blinderman Day Pitney LLP Partner
Derrick Gregor Town of Wethersfield Town Engineer
Christopher Haker Tighe & Bond Principal Engineer
Ivonne Hall State Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection Supervising Civil Engineer
Eddie Irizarry New Britain Fire Dept. LEPC Officer
Thomas Jenkins, PE GZA Vice President
Darin Lemire HRP Associates, Inc. Senior Project Manager
Stuart Manley GHD Services Inc. Associate
Gary McAllister GZA Sr. Vice President
Mark O’Connor New Britain Fire Dept Capt. Planning and Research
Kartik Parekh State Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection Civil Engineer II
Zach Simmel Hygenix, Inc. Consultant

The available presentations from the EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program: Emergency Action Planning completed on May 16, 2019, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Connecticut Dam Management Program – Emergency Action Planning

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