EBC Dam Management Program: Emergency Action Planning


Date: November 29, 2018


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Bowditch & Dewey, LLP –

Thank you to our Collaborating Organization

In accordance with current Massachusetts regulations, many if not most dam owners 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 2005, 2010, and 2012, and the potential impact dams can have on our communities. As dam professionals, owners, contractors, responders, 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 Dam Management Program will discuss the anatomy of an EAP, provide some explanation of what goes into dam break modeling, plan and provide lessons learned from a first immediate responders to an actual dam emergency, and what contractors consider in their construction phase EAPs.

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

Final Agenda – Dam Management Program – Emergency Action Planning

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 Taylor, P.E., Co-Chair, EBC Dam Management Committee; Principal / Senior Vice President, GZA

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 Suhonen, P.E., Water Resources Engineer, GZA

Real Time Emergency Response Lessons

  • Rick Ferreira, Emergency Management Director, City of Taunton

 Emergency Response During Construction

  • Dan Galante, Vice President, T Ford Construction

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Matthew Taylor of GZA.

Attendee List

Kristine Baker Northampton DPW Civil Engineer
Peter Baril GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Principal
David Caouette Pare Corporation
Paul Caron Fuss & O’Neill Government Relations
Derek Etkin CDM Smith Water Resources Engineer
David Kaplan Cambridge Water Department Watershed Manager
jim kinch NSI Contracting Sales Mgr
Anna Laskin State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Civil Engineer II
James Laurila Springfield Water and Sewer Commission Director of Water Operations
Charles Lee State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Supervising Environmental Analyst
Matthew Lundsted Comprehensive Environmental Inc. Principal, Project Manager
Donald MacIver Littleton Conservation Trust President / Trustee
Lawrence Marcik South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority Capital Program Lead
Dan Murphy City of Easthampton MA City Engineer
Jamie O’Connell Cambridge Water Department Watershed Supervisor
Annie O’Connell Cambridge Water Department Watershed Assistant
Allen Orsi Pare Corporation Vice President
Tyler Parent Normandeau Associates Fisheries Scientist
Eric Pasay BSC Group Ecological Scientist
Cody Savoy
Derek Schipper GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Senior Project Manager
Christopher Stockwell SumCo Eco-Contracting Chief of Project Development
Ashlee Tyce EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc PBC Project Engineer/Scientist
Raymond Wingert HDR Engineering, Inc. Managing Principal Hydropower

The available presentations from the EBC Dam Management Program: Emergency Action Planning completed on November 29, 2018, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Dam Management Program – Emergency Action Planning

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