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Dr. Bruce Tschantz A.

Professor of Engineering

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Background Information

Employment History

Chief

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Affiliations

Professor Of Civil Engineering
University of Tennessee Athletics

Education Outreach Committee Chairman
Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Advisor To the Organizing Committee
Establishment

Education

B. S.
Civil Engineering
Ohio Northern University

Doctorate
Civil Engineering ( water resources )
New Mexico State University

Master degrees
Civil Engineering ( water resources )
New Mexico State University

Ph.D.

Web References (92 Total References)


One-third of the documented low-head dam ...

www.sungazette.com [cached]

One-third of the documented low-head dam fatalities in the United States have occurred in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Iowa, according Bruce Tschantz, a professor of engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who maintains the safedam.com website.

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Tschantz said dam danger can be deceptive because small changes in water flow can dramatically increase risk.


One-third of the documented low-head dam ...

www.altoonamirror.com [cached]

One-third of the documented low-head dam fatalities in the United States have occurred in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Iowa, according Bruce Tschantz, a professor of engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who maintains the safedam.com website.

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Tschantz said dam danger can be deceptive because small changes in water flow can dramatically increase risk.


One-third of the documented low-head dam ...

www.timesobserver.com [cached]

One-third of the documented low-head dam fatalities in the United States have occurred in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Iowa, according Bruce Tschantz, a professor of engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who maintains the safedam.com website.

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Tschantz said dam danger can be deceptive because small changes in water flow can dramatically increase risk.


Since 1960, 339 low-head dam fatalities ...

www.lifesaving.com [cached]

Since 1960, 339 low-head dam fatalities have occurred in the United States, according to Bruce Tschantz, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee and a low-head dam expert.

"In the last 15 years, there have been about 4.5 times more deaths than in the previous 15 years," Tschantz said.
Eighty-five percent of deaths on low-head dams occur between April and August-mainly June and July.
With a short drop of 4 to 5 feet, low-head dams can seem like a minor inconvenience or even a thrill for paddlers and swimmers. Boaters are often unaware of the dams until they are caught in the accelerating current. Tschantz's research found that in 153 incidents where 335 people were known to go over a low-head dam, 68 percent either drowned or were injured.
"Most people underestimate and are ignorant of the forces and currents that surround these low-head dams, and they overestimate their abilities to overcome these forces," said Tschantz, who maintains the website www.SafeDam.com to help inform the public about dam safety and the dangers of low-head dams. "Even Olympic swimmers wouldn't be able to overcome these forces."
Many outdoor recreationalists also take a dangerous theme park approach to rivers.
"People don't distinguish the difference between theme park and waterslide experiences and outdoor, uncontrolled situations in rivers," Tschantz said.
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There are a number of options available to property owners and communities that want to remove the danger of a low-head dam, Tschantz said.


Association of State Dam Safety Officials

www.damsafety.org [cached]

- Bruce Tschantz, FEMA

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