Michael Crouch is a professional engineer specializing in water resources, particularly dam breach analysis and consequences estimation to support dam safety risk assessment. He has performed and led more than 200 hydraulic modeling studies involving dam breach analysis for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Valley Authority and other clients.
Currently, Mr. Crouch plays a leading role in a suite of projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that includes developing supporting models for forecast systems on the Rogue River, Willow Creek, and Boise River basins and re-evaluation of the inflow design flood for Truman Dam. Recently he provided technical support to Google, Inc., on their 2D model used to support their flood warning initiative. He is also managing a project to support the Alcona Dam Safety Risk Assessment, which has been chosen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a pilot study to evaluate their dam safety risk guidelines. The project includes evaluating direct and indirect economic damages, environmental damages and life loss for various flood and breach scenarios. Other past work has included developing site specified breach parameters for Jocassee Dam, owned by Duke Energy, to support permitting for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has also led extensive hydraulic modeling and consequence evaluation efforts for the Tennessee Valley Authority over the past four years.
Mr. Crouch joined RTI in 2016 with the acquisition of Riverside Technologies. Before joining Riverside in 2014, he was a senior water resources engineer with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a professional engineer, certified floodplain manager, and a member of the Association of Dam Safety Officials.