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Society: IEEE Main Category: Electric Sub Category: Era: DateCreated: 1972 Eel River Dalhousie Generating Station North Shannonvale State: Zip: Country: Canada Website: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:Eel_River_High_Voltage_Direct_Current_Converter_Station Creator: Canadian General Electric, NB Power

Operating since 1972, Eel River, New Brunswick is home to the world's first commercial solid state High Voltage Direct Current converter station. This 320 MW interconnection facility, built by Canadian General Electric and NB Power, incorporates high current silicon solid state thyristors to convert alternating current from Hydro Quebec to direct current and back to alternating, allowing asynchronous, stable power transfers to serve New Brunswick's Power's customers.

YearAdded:
2011
Image Credit: Image Caption: Era_date_from: 1972
River des Peres Sewage & Drainage Works
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Bridges Era: 1920-1929 DateCreated: 1924-1921 St. Louis State: MO Zip: 63109 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/River-des-Peres-Sewage---Drainage-Works/ Creator: Horner, W.W.

In 1915, a tropical storm dropped nearly 11 inches of rain on St. Louis in just 17 hours, causing a devastating flood. Claiming 11 lives and the homes of 1,025 families, the flood focused public and government attention onto the problems of the river. 

YearAdded:
1988
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Millbrooky Image Caption: Today, the River Des Peres Sewage & Drainage Works provides the backbone for the 110-square-mile St. Louis drainage basin. Era_date_from: 1924
Lacey V. Murrow Bridge and Mount Baker Ridge Tunnels
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Bridges Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1940 King County State: WA Zip: 98040 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/Lacey-V--Murrow-Bridge-and-Mount-Baker-Ridge-Tunnels/ Creator: Murrow, Lacey V., Hadley, Homer

The 1.5 mile Lacey V. Murrow Bridge was the largest floating structure in the world and the first to be built of reinforced concrete when completed in 1940.  The bridge consisted of typically 300-foot long pontoons floated to site and rigidly connected to form a continuous structure and incorporated a unique floating concrete draw-span to allow for passage of marine traffic.  The original floating structure, constructed by Pontoon Bridge Builders, was accidentally sunk in 1990 during a major renovation effort and was replaced by 1993.

YearAdded:
2008
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Walter Siegmund Image Caption: The bridge and tunnel project were key in improving eastern access to Seattle, a major commercial port on the eastern rim of the Pacific Ocean. Era_date_from: 1940
Lake Washington Ship Canal & Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1910-1919 DateCreated: 1917 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden Zanesville State: WA Zip: 98107 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/project/lake-washington-ship-canal---hiram-m-chittenden-locks/ Creator: Chittenden, Hiram

After more than 50 years of contention and debate, dredging began in 1911 on an eight-mile channel connecting Puget Sound, Seattle's gateway to the Pacific, to two inland freshwater lakes, Lake Washington and Lake Union. With the completion of the Lake Washington ship channel and Chittenden locks, coal and logs from the interior had a dedicated water route to the ocean, and the city's 4 1/2 miles of coastal harbor burgeoned into 100 miles of commercial, industrial and recreational piers and wharves.  

YearAdded:
1997
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/gb_packards (CC BY-ND 2.0) Image Caption: Lake Washington ship channel and Chittenden locks allowed for the transport of coal and logs and revitalized the coastal harbor. Era_date_from: 1917
Forth & Clyde Canal and Union Canal
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1750-1799 DateCreated: 1768-1790 Forth to Bowling on the Clyde, Scotland Glasgow State: Zip: Country: UK Website: http://www.asce.org/project/forth---clyde-canal/ Creator: Smeaton, John

It took 22 years to complete the 35-mile waterway, as funding problems caused the work to shut down from 1777 to 1785.  

The notion of creating a canal that crossed Scotland was conceived in the 17th century during the reign of Charles II, but would not be realized for nearly 100 years.  The Forth and Clyde Canal, known as The Great Canal in its early years, was the first major transportation project in Scotland and the world's first man-made, sea-to-sea ship canal.   

YearAdded:
2000
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Michel Van den Berghe (CC BY-SA 2.0) Image Caption: The Forth and Clyde Canal, known as The Great Canal in its early years, was the first major transportation project in Scotland and the world's first man-made, sea-to-sea ship canal. Era_date_from: 1768
Embudo, New Mexico Stream Gauging Station
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Water Supply & Control Era: 1880-1889 DateCreated: 1888 Embudo State: NM Zip: 87531 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/project/embudo,-new-mexico-stream-guaging-station/ Creator: Powell, John Wesley

A tiny village on the Rio Grande River in northern New Mexico became the training center for the first American hydrographers and provided the first stream-gauging operations of the U.S. Geological Survey. To plan any water system, it is necessary to know the amount of water flowing in the stream or river at all times - including low, normal, and flood conditions. 

YearAdded:
1973
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikicommons/Chris English (CC BY-SA 3.0) Image Caption: Near Velarde, NM: U.S. Geological Survey Rio Grande Embudo Gaging Station, 2011 Era_date_from: 1888
East Maui Irrigation System
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Era: 1870-1879 DateCreated: 1876-1923 East Maui State: HI Zip: Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/East-Maui-Irrigation-System/ Creator: Henry Perrine Baldwin

The East Maui Irrigation System is Hawaii's most dramatic water story. It began with the construction of the Old Hamakua Ditch built between 1876 and 1878. This privately financed, constructed and managed irrigation system was one of the largest in the United States. It eventually included 50 miles of tunnels; 24 miles of open ditches, inverted siphons and flumes; incorporates approximately 400 intakes and 8 reservoirs.

YearAdded:
2002
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Will Scullin (CC BY 2.0) Image Caption: East Maui Irrigation Ditch Era_date_from: 1876
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Water Supply & Control Era: 1870-1879 DateCreated: 1875-1879 New Orleans State: LA Zip: 70113 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/Eads-South-Pass-Navigation-Works/ Creator: Eads, James Buchanan

"Eads had to succeed in the face of conventional wisdom which doomed him to disaster. Entrenched authorities not only completely dismissed his theories, but pointed to the indifferent European experiences with what he proposed."  
 - ASCE Landmark Nomination Proposal, 1982   

YearAdded:
1982
Image Credit: Image Caption: Era_date_from: 1875
Chesbrough's Water Supply System
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Era: 1860-1869 DateCreated: 1864-1869 Chicago State: IL Zip: 60604 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/project/chesbrough-s-chicago-water-supply-system/ Creator: Chesbrough, Ellis

Constructed to provide a safe, potable water supply for the citizens of Chicago, Ellis Chesbrough's Chicago Water Supply System was the first major system to utilize offshore intake systems. The system includes the landmark Chicago Water Tower and the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station. Its subaqueous tunnel was a pioneering effort in American civil engineering.

YearAdded:
1972
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Wickdrew Image Caption: Ellis Chesbrough's Chicago Water Supply System was the first major system to utilize offshore intake systems. Era_date_from: 1864
Ohio Canal System
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1800-1829 DateCreated: 1825 N/A State: OH Zip: Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/Ohio-Canal-System/ Creator: Ohio, State of

Between 1825 and 1847 the State of Ohio constructed 1,000 miles of canals and feeder canals, 33,000 acres of reservoir surface area, 29 dams across streams, 294 lift locks, 44 aqueducts and many smaller structures at a cost of about 16 million dollars. The network of navigable canals provided a system of economical transportation where none had previously existed; the young state, with its isolated frontier lifestyle, was transformed almost overnight into a thriving segment of the nation's economy.

YearAdded:
1983
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia Image Caption: A part of the Ohio Canal System in 1902. Era_date_from: 1825
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