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Panel to release findings of Lake Delhi Dam study

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A national panel of engineers assembled to determine the cause of the Lake Delhi dam breach on July 24, will release its findings at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 in the auditorium of the Wallace Building in Des Moines.

The expert panel was requested by Gov. Chet Culver and assembled under the auspices of the National Dam Safety Review Board. The panel will be issuing a report by Dec. 1 on the technical factors that contributed to the breach in the dam. Information gained from this study will be of use for dam safety not only in Iowa, but across the nation.

"As disastrous as the Lake Delhi dam failure was, it would be even more of a disaster if we didn't learn from it," said Lori McDaniel, supervisor of the DNR's Flood Plain Management and Dam Safety section. 

The national panel of experts studying the dam breach and submitting the final report are:

· William R. Fiedler, P.E. , U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Service Center, Denver, Colorado. Fiedler has more than 35 years of experience with the Bureau of Reclamation. His career has been spent designing, analyzing and evaluating spillways, outlet works structures and concrete dams. He has served as a team leader on a number of dam safety modification projects. He is a member of Reclamation's Dam Safety Advisory Team and of the Risk Cadre. He has facilitated numerous risk analyses and helped develop methodologies for estimating risk for potential failure modes related to spillway structures. He is also leading an interagency team tasked with developing consistent risk management approaches within the Department of the Interior.

· Neil T. Schwanz, P.E. , U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. Schwanz has more than 31 years of experience in the St. Paul District geotechnical design section including assistance to other district and division offices and headquarters. The bulk of Schwanz's design experience has been in support of civil works projects focusing on flood control and dam safety concerns and has participated on many teams involving complex projects.

· Wayne B. King, P.E., Deputy Regional Engineer for the Atlanta Regional Office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). King has 34 years of civil engineering experience starting with surveying and land development, graduate work in tailings dams, geotechnical investigations of the Gulf of Mexico seafloor, Corps of Engineers inspection, design and construction of flood control structures and dam safety evaluations. At FERC, King is directly involved with all aspects of dam safety for FERC licensed hydroelectric projects.



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