PNRO Canal and Dam Operator Training (CDOT) - Classroom

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Class Schedule: Canal and Dam Operator Training is held annually during the off-water season, traditionally the first week of December. Canal Operator Training is NOT required by D&S.

What Class (fiscal year) Date of Class Where Class is Being Offered
Dam Operator Training 2017 December 12-13, 2017 Richland, WA
Canal Operator Training 2017 December 14, 2017 Richland, WA
2018 (Canal & Dam Operator Training) December 2018 Medford, OR
2019 (Canal & Dam Operator Training) December 2019 Idaho Falls, ID
2020 (Canal & Dam Operator Training) December 2020 Yakima, WA

Dam Operator Training (Classroom): The Pacific Northwest Regional Office Annual Classroom Dam Operator Training is normally conducted in late November or early December each year. Reclamation's Directives and Standards for the Operating Practices and Procedures for High-and Significant-Hazard Dams Temporary Release FAC TRMR-66 (replacing FAC 02-01), mandates that all primary and alternate dam operators responsible for the operations and maintenance of high-and significant-hazard dams within Reclamation's jurisdiction attend Classroom Dam Operator Training every 4 years. This is a recent change from the 3 year training rotation. The Pacific Northwest Regional Office will be maintaining the same schedule and travel cycle between Idaho, Oregon and Washington every three years.

The Directives and Standards further mandate that the primary dam operator and at least one alternate dam operator participate in on-site dam operator review (on-site review) for the dam(s) which they are assigned every 8 years. As part of the on-site review, completion of a proficiency review form, which is included in the Directives and Standards, is required and is based on Classroom Dam Operator Training attendance and a demonstration of knowledge of operations and maintenance regarding the dam(s) during the on-site review.

Content of Dam Operator Training (Classroom)
Purposes of Reclamation Projects (how dams interrelate) Design and Construction of Safe Dams
Awareness of dam failures, incidents, and risks from natural or man-made hazards Instrumentation (purposes, types, locations, readings and maintenance requirements)
Dam tender/operator duties and responsibilities, including general safety and security awareness and procedures Emergency Management / Emergency Action Plans / Incident Command System
Documentation (operating and reference) Standing Operating Procedures
Reference material and supporting documentation Hydrology and reservoir operations

Who Should Attend Dam Operator Training
Reclamation's Directives and Standards for the Operating Practices and Procedures for High-and Significant-Hazard Dams Temporary Release FAC TRMR-66 (replacing FAC 02-01) clearly define who should attend CDOT. For a list of previous attendees training dates for your agency, please contact the CDOT Organizer, Suzanne Marinelli at smarinelli@usbr.gov

New IconCanal Operator Training (Classroom): For the first time we will be offering a third day, bringing Canal Operator Training in as a third day of training. Only a half a day, this is a great opportunity for agencies with dams and canals! Canal Operator Training class discusses operations and maintenance topics that are important to ensuring delivery of project water. This training reviews operational issues that can result in maintenance issues or concerns if not performed correctly. Canal Maintenance traiing is a follow up class for those who have attended the Canal Operator Training class. Canal Maintenance provides more comprehensive information and techniques to address typical canal maintenance activities.

As a canal operator/manager, you operate canals to make crucial deliveries, and maintain canals to prevent failures and keep canals running. This class will give canal operators and managers the tools necessary to safely and effectively operate and maintain canals.

  • There is no requirement for attending this Canal Operator Training, unlike Dam Operator Training
Content of Canal Operator Training - Classroom
Operations: Running Smoothly (2 hrs) Maintenance: Catch Problems Early (4 hrs)
Watering Up Freeboard Seepage
Drawing Down Concrete Canal Structures Plugs and Clogs
Tracking Water Maintain Your Canals - Inside and Out Vegetation/Invasive Species
Preventing Overtopping Maintenance Gates and Pumps Animals/Rodents
  Maintenance Plans Public Outreach
  Keep Mechanical Equipment Running Smooth Placement of Embankment Fill and Structural Backfill

Who Should Attend CANAL Operator / Maintenance Training: As a canal operator/manager, you operate canals to make crucial deliveries, and maintain canals to prevent failures and keep canals running. This class will give canal operators and managers the tools necessary to safely and effectively operate and maintain canals.

Reference Documents
Directives and Standards for the Operating Practices and Procedures for High-and-Significant-Hazard-Dams (FAC TRMR-66) PDF 73 kb

Classroom Dam Operator Training Coordinator
Suzanne Marinelli, MEP
Emergency Management Program Coordinator
Facilities O&M
(208) 378-5204
smarinelli@usbr.gov

Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Region
1150 Curtis Road, Suite 100
Boise, ID 83706

Last Updated: 12/5/17