The failure of two aging
"Unsafe dams are a looming threat that the federal government can't afford to ignore. Failure to repair and modernize deficient dams will only lead to dam failure. Thousands of aging dams across the country were built decades ago, and since that time, communities and businesses have sprung up downriver. Now the federal government must do its part to help protect public safety. Last year, the
Like other key infrastructure, dams deteriorate over time and deferred maintenance can accelerate deterioration and cause dams to be more susceptible to failure.
Aging dams present a growing risk in states across the country. According to a 2019 analysis by the
The report also found that
High hazard potential dams are those dams where failure or mis-operation is probable to cause loss of human life and property damage and endanger population centers and ecosystems, especially in periods of extreme weather and flooding.
According to the
To help prevent catastrophic and costly dam failures nationwide,
According to ASDSO, the average age of the more than 90,000 dams in the