The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Boone Dam project has been selected as the US’ most outstanding geological engineering project by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists.

The Boone Dam Internal Erosion Remediation Project was named the 2019 Outstanding Environmental and Engineering Geologic Project, which is the highest honor presented by AEG and distinguishes projects based on select criteria, including: application of environmental and engineering geologic principles; advancement of public understanding of geology and engineering geology; protection of the environment; and enhancement of cultural understanding.

The Boone Dam project was specifically noted for its innovative use of georeferenced data, risk-informed decision making, and contributions to the practice of underground construction in dams.

“TVA is honored by this prestigious AEG recognition, and we are extremely proud of our Boone Dam Remediation Project team,” said David Bowling, TVA vice president of River & Resources Stewardship. “This award recognizes the knowledge, skill and execution of the engineering geologists and other team members who have worked together to successfully manage this project.”

Bowling accepted the award on behalf of TVA from AEG President David Fenster at a special ceremony. The event also featured an overview by Boone Dam Technical Project Manager Chris Saucier and presentation by several project geologists, geoscientists and engineers.

“As contributors to the Boone Dam Remediation Project, our collective achievements are advancing the practice of our profession, as well as our everyday work to provide a higher quality of life for citizens of the Tennessee Valley,” Saucier said.

AEG helps promote public understanding of the geosciences and the highest levels of professional practice within engineering geology, environmental geology, and allied fields in the geosciences. The association also offers information on environmental and engineering geology useful to practitioners, scientists, students, and the public.