DEEP: DamWatch Monitoring Software Application for DEEP - owned DAMS

DamWatch Monitoring Software Application
for DEEP-owned Dams

Description:
DamWatch is a web based monitoring software product that allows DEEP personnel to respond to and monitor potentially destructive flood events. DamWatch continually reviews real-time rainfall and streamflow data sources such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and archives this information. The system then compares specific rainfall and runoff data against established thresholds pertaining to spillway capacity at DEEP-owned dams and alerts staff of impending overtopping flows at these dams.

Benefit:
DamWatch will enable the Inland Water Resources Division to effectively monitor DEEP-owned dams during potentially catastrophic events by gathering localized real time rainfall data, track movements of storms and evaluate the hydraulic capabilities of specific dams for discharging the flood flows anticipated from a particular flood event. The system employs an automatic communications system that alerts users by various means, which include cellular phones, pagers, fax transmissions, e-mails or instant messaging which the user can monitor during critical flood events. DEEP staff can then be dispatched as needed during or after a flood event to those dams for which alerts were issued during a storm event.

Background Information:
The Dam Safety Section of the Inland Water Resources Division within the Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse received a grant under the National Dam Safety Act, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security. These grant monies were used to contract with USEngineering Solutions Corporation to provide the department with the DamWatch dam-monitoring application. Connecticut is the first state to use this technology for monitoring its DEEP-owned dams.

Contact Information:
Dam Safety Section
Inland Water Resources Division
Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse
DEEP
79 Elm Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
860-424-3706

Content last updated on March 15, 2012