Episode 14: Oroville Dam Evacuation: Could It Happen Here?

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New Jersey is home to nearly 1,700 regulated dams. As such, the New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Engineering and Construction administers the New Jersey Dam Safety program, which ensures the safety and integrity of dams in New Jersey and protects people and property from the consequences of dam failures.

Audrey Miller of NJOHSP’s Preparedness Bureau co-hosted this episode on dam safety with Bob Bostock, DEP’s Director of Strategic Communications and host of the Discover DEP podcast, making this the first Intelligence. Unclassified. episode to feature a partnering state agency as a co-host. Audrey and Bob sat down with John Moyle, Division Director for NJ DEP's Division of Dam Safety and Flood Control, to talk about dam safety in New Jersey in light of the recent failure at the Oroville Dam in California. Topics of discussion include an explanation of the Oroville Dam emergency, a comparison of dam design, topography, and magnitude of the Oroville Dam and New Jersey dams, and why this type of failure is unlikely to occur in New Jersey.





Director, Division of Dam Safety & Flood Control

John H. Moyle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and is a Licensed Professional Engineer. John has been working on dam and flood control projects in New Jersey for 38 years. As Division Director for the Department’s Division of Dam Safety and Flood Control, he is responsible for engineering, economic, environmental, administrative and emergency response for New Jersey’s flood control and dam safety program. John currently is the National Flood Insurance Program coordinator for New Jersey. John is also responsible for administering the $110 million Dam Restoration Loan Program and $25 million Flood Control Grant Program for New Jersey. John is the lead staff on coordination as state partner with the Army Corps of Engineers on Flood Reduction Projects in New Jersey. John is Past President of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. John was a board member to the National Dam Safety Review Board, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, from 2001-2009. John is on the US Department of Homeland Security’s Dams Government Coordinating Council, which was created to provide effective coordination for dam security and other security-related strategies to support the nation’s homeland security mission. He is currently on the College of New Jersey Advisory Board for its Civil Engineering Program.


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