The “Second City” of Chicago is the site for the 2019 USSD Annual Conference.  The conference theme Second City – Second Chances: Stories of Rehabilitation, Modification, and Revitalization – echoes Chicago’s history of rebuilding and modernization to adapt to changing public needs.  Rehabilitation, modification, and revitalization of dams and levees give new life to existing structures through increased public safety and new or enhanced benefits. Papers and presentations addressing the conference theme and other technical topics remind ourselves and the greater community of the value of, and need for, dams and levees in society.

The papers and abstracts presented during the conference and included in this library were selected in response to a Call for Papers.  The Conference Planning Committee, chaired by Rachael Bisnett, developed the program. 

The local host for the 2019 Conference and Exhibition is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


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