Dam Safety 101

The Good News

Through a public/private partnership, the outlook is improving for dam safety. The National Dam Safety Act was reauthorized in 2006. This legislation was enacted to assist states in improving their dam safety programs, to support increased technical training for state dam safety engineers and technicians, to pump money into dam safety research, and to maintain the National Inventory of Dams.

The partnership of public and private entities that was assembled to push for passage of the law and the ensuing partnership taking shape to implement the Act has formed the basis for a stronger dam safety community. Led by organizations, such as the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, the U.S. Society on Dams and the American Society of Civil Engineers; federal agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (administrator of the NDSPA), the Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, many projects and initiatives are underway to increase the safety of dams in the U.S.

The ball is rolling, but there is a long way to go.

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