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All American's benefit from dams and need to understand the risks associated with potential incidents and failures.

ASDSO members are experts dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the nation's more than 85,000 dams, but everyone has a role to play in this effort.

The role of journalists is essential to raising public awareness of dams and dam safety. An informed public can help prevent loss of life and property from dam failures.

Reporters and writers may contact ASDSO Executive Director Lori Spragens or Sarah McCubbin-Cain, ASDSO Information Specialist, at 855/228-9732 (toll free) or 859/550-2788.

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Living With Dams - A website to educate those living or working near dams.

Overview of Dam Safety in the U.S. (PDF) - Updated April 2013

Dam Safety 101, including Top Issues Facing the Dam Safety Community

State Dam Safety Program Overview & Statistics Updated July 2013

ASCE Report Card on Dams

State Dam Loan/Grant Funding Programs

National Inventory of Dams

Latest Dam & Levee Safety News

Dam Safety 2013 Press Passes

ASDSO's annual national conference offers unique opportunities to interact with the nation’s leading experts in dam and levee safety issues. Journalists are invited to Dam Safety 2013, September 8-16, 2013 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence, Rhode Island. The conference is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees from throughout the U.S. and elsewhere.

The conference agenda features more than 35 technical sessions focused on practical approaches to issues facing dam safety professionals in both the public and private sectors. This year's featured tracks include:

  • Levee Policy and the State of Levee Safety in the U.S.
  • National Dam Security Forum: "Improving Dam Security and Preparedness, Enhancing Community Resilience"
  • Dam Failures and Incidents
  • Case Studies in Dam Rehabilitation

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston will present this year’s keynote address titled “Wishful Budgeting – Denial and Dangerous Dams.” He will discuss the budget issues facing our country’s aging dam infrastructure.

An additional general session commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Spaulding Pond Dam Failure in Norwich, CT will include an account of the event by flood survivor Tom Moody, Jr., author of “A Swift and Deadly Maelstrom: The Great Norwich Flood of 1963,” as well as presentations on the flood investigation and the resulting changes to the Connecticut Dam Safety Program.

The conference features a special session on hazard classification review for existing dams, as well as a one-day Dam Safety Workshop for Owners and Operators. This workshop offers information on state dam safety laws and regulations; extreme storm events and potential dam failure conditions; owner responsibilities, liabilities and security issues; dam operations, maintenance and inspections; developing and implementing emergency action plans; and procedures for retaining a professional engineer to inspect, investigate and evaluate dams.

Media interested in attending the conference should contact Sarah McCubbin-Cain,, 855/228-9732, ext. 3.

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