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EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program: Emergency Action Planning

May 16, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Eversource Energy
107 Selden Street

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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 CTs 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.

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.

Final Agenda – Connecticut Dam Management Program – Emergency Action Planning

Program Details

Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs ——–> Through May 14 After May 14
EBC Member: $80 $100
Non-Member: $100 $120
Government/Non-Profit: $25 $25

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.


Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.