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1,333 Unsafe Dams Threaten Nation’s Communities

 
 
Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 12:19 pm
At first the bridges and now the dams?

than ten thousand dams across America could become killers if they fail and 1,333 of those dams are considered unsafe. This Sunday, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) holds their annual conference in Austin, TX. Statistics developed by ASDSO show that an alarming number of dams in the United States pose a threat to human life and many of them are structurally unsafe.

Congress will soon consider the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007 (H.R 3224) which would direct $200 million to states for improving the safety of publicly-owned dams, through either repairing or removing problem dams. To date, only 11 members have signed on to co-sponsor the bill introduced by Congressman John Salazar (D-CO).

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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 12:39 pm
Dam! That's not good.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 02:36 pm
we must impound that information before it leaks.
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 04:45 pm
To who? The Army (Corps of Engineers) Times? Very Happy
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 05:08 pm
was that supposed to be a message of some sort squinney, and if so to who?
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 05:11 pm
adunno. Maybe Foofie will get it.

1,333 dams would be 26 per state. I'm assuming there are at least a few that are not in critical condition threatening human life. Do we really have close to 30 dams per state?
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 05:16 pm
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There are more than 87,000 dams currently under state regulation
10,127 have been classified as high hazard, meaning they pose a serious threat to human life if they should fail
Of those high hazard dams, 1,333 have been identified as structurally deficient or unsafe
The average dam inspector in the US is responsible for more than 400 dams. The ASDSO recommends that each inspector is responsible for fewer than 50 dams.
Even more disturbing, there is no accurate count for just how many dams there actually are in the United States. The National Inventory of Dams, maintained by Army Corps of Engineers, tracks about 80 thousand dams. And when state dam inventories are totaled, there are more than 100 thousand. But neither number is particularly reliable, since states have varying definitions of dams. In some states, such as Missouri, a 34-foot high structure isn't even considered a dam. Alabama doesn't even have a dam safety program and doesn't track the number of dams in the state.


That just doesn't seem possible. That's a lot of dams. I know of one in Missouri and a few in NC that would cause major problems for people, but not 2000 per state.
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Foofie
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 05:40 pm
Re: 1,333 Unsafe Dams Threaten Nation's Communities
Walter Hinteler wrote:
At first the bridges and now the dams?

than ten thousand dams across America could become killers if they fail and 1,333 of those dams are considered unsafe. This Sunday, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) holds their annual conference in Austin, TX. Statistics developed by ASDSO show that an alarming number of dams in the United States pose a threat to human life and many of them are structurally unsafe.

Congress will soon consider the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007 (H.R 3224) which would direct $200 million to states for improving the safety of publicly-owned dams, through either repairing or removing problem dams. To date, only 11 members have signed on to co-sponsor the bill introduced by Congressman John Salazar (D-CO).

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1,333 Unsafe Dams Threaten Nation's Communities - Unsafe High Hazard Dams Litter the US

ASDSO Statistics(PDF)


"One by land; two by sea"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Revere
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 05:49 pm
Laughing
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 06:27 pm
A really old dam near us is the Conowingo Power Dam on the Susquehanna River. This dam was built in the early 30's and has a huuuge pile of sediment behind it. I know that the electric consortium is studying how to get all this sediment out so it doesnt cause any failures.
We have thousands of old mill dams in PA , many of which are still standing and collecting mud behind them. The state is trying to convince everyone that its really in our best interests to just break these dams and let the sediment keep flowing .

Its better for certain fish as well.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2007 08:37 pm
A tangent from the specific subject of dams, but not a tangent re the state of infrastructure -

http://www.sarahwilliamsgoldhagen.com/articles/American_Collapse.pdf
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