How Can You Help Support ASDSO's Legislative Goals?
Please contact your US senators, congressmen or congresswomen today and educate them about the need for strong dam safety programs at the federal level.
- Write letters or emails to lawmakers - see dam safety top priorities below.
- Participate in ASCE Policy Week -March 14-15, 2017.
Your voice is even more effective if you have lawmakers on key committees.
The National Dam Safety Program Act
The National Dam Safety Program Act was reauthorized in 2014. Now the focus will be on getting it fully funded through the appropriation process over the next four years.
ASDSO will post alerts here and will ask members to contact their federal lawmakers when the time comes to push for full appropriation.
Creation of the National Dam Rehabilitation Program
A bill was passed and signed into law in December 2016 creating a dam rehabilitation program. Now the action is to get full appropriations in FY18 to fund the program.
Appropriation for the Small Watershed Rehabilitation Program
On July 18, 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that communities across the nation will benefit from a $262 million investment to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller and Representative Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, were in Oklahoma to recognize the importance of this announcement to agriculture and communities nationwide. A number of the projects to be funded are in Oklahoma; the state had the first full watershed plan and structure completed by USDA on private lands in the 1940s.
The 2014 Farm Bill, signed into law by President Obama earlier this year, increased the typical annual investment in watershed rehabilitation by almost 21 fold, recognizing the critical role of these structures in flood management, water supply, and agricultural productivity.
Creation of a National Levee Safety Program
ASDSO supports the recommendations in the National Committee on Levee Safety Report to Congress on Establishing a National Levee Safety Program. Some of these recommendations were included in the "levee initiative" that was included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. Read the WRRDA conference report. Read more...