|Harleman Lecture -
'The Role of
Sustainable Water Resources Development in the United States'
Vice President, Corporate Practice Leader
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Mr. William Bingham received his B.S.C.E. degree
Lafayette College in 1966. He has worked for Gannett Fleming,
Inc. for 35 years and currently holds the position of Vice President
and Corporate Leader for Earth Science and Hydraulics. Mr.
Bingham has the overall responsibility for developing, coordinating,
and overseeing services for governmental water resource agencies
nationwide, as well as identifying and developing new
technologies. He also serves as the firm's national
representative for the dams and flood control practice. Mr.
Bingham specializes in the areas of dam and flood control engineering
with involvement as Project Principal, Project Manager, Project
Engineer, or Quality Team Leader on more than 15 flood control
projects, 35 new dam projects, 80 dam rehabilitation projects, 120
annual dam safety inspections, 30 Phase I dam safety inspections, and
numerous dam feasibility investigations and reports. He is
experienced in studies, designs, cost estimates, specifications, and
public meetings on diverse assignments such as new dam and dam
rehabilitation designs; basinwide flood control studies; water supply
alternative studies; flood control investigation and reports; existing
flood control project rehabilitation design; field surveys; water needs
assessments; and flood damage assessments.
Mr. Bingham is an active member of several professional
societies. He received the "President's Award" in 1994 and the
"Award of Merit" in 1991 from the Association of State Dam Safety
Officials (ASDSO), was selected by "Engineering News Record" as one of
the top 25 newsmakers in the construction industry for 1996, he was
named Engineer of the Year in Pennsylvania in 2000 by the Pennsylvania
Society of Professional Engineers and appointed to the National Dam
Safety Review Board by FEMA. He serves as Chair of the ASDSO's
Peer Review Program which has performed peer reviews of 26 state dam
safety programs and dam safety programs of the Corps of Engineers, the
Department of the Interior, the Mine Safety and Health Administration,
BC Hydro, and Ontario Power Generation. He is President of the
United States Society on Dams (the U.S. member of the International
Commission on Large Dams) for 2001-2003. Mr. Bingham has authored
more than 20 technical papers and articles.
Mr. Bingham is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania as
well as 3 other states.
Dams and reservoirs have played a major role in
development of sustainable water resources for mankind for more than
5000 years. This lecture will examine the role of dams and reservoirs
as we seek to meet the ever increasing demands for more water for our
growing population and at the same time preserve the environment for
future generations. The lecture will discuss the historical development
of dams and reservoirs to lay a foundation for understanding our
nation’s current water resources needs and two projects: the Olivenhain
Dam, a 320 feet high roller-compacted concrete gravity dam, is located
in a dry canyon in San Diego County, California and Hunting Run Dam, a
90 feet high dam in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The talk will
examine the current state of our nation’s water resources programs, how
they compare with other parts of the world, and how we must find new
approaches to meeting our needs.