ASDSO Extends Sympathies to Communities Affected by Hurricane Matthew
ASDSO Extends Sympathies to Communities Affected by the Extreme Flooding and Dam Failures in North Carolina
The entire ASDSO community extends it sympathy to those who have been affected by the effects of Hurricane Matthew, especially those in North Carolina. We are continuing to monitor this situation very closely as it continues to evolve. According to the North Carolina DENR, there have been at least 42 dams either breached, overtopped or spillways are running at full capacity.
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We all have a role to play in creating a future where all dams are safe. State governments regulate approximately 80 percent of dams in the United States, but many state dam safety programs lack the necessary resources to adequately monitor and regulate their dam inventories. In fact, three states currently have more than 1,000 dams for each full-time employee in the regulatory program.
State and federal policymakers can increase the safety of dams by providing strong laws and resources to carry out state programs. More specifically, federal policymakers need to pass the full reauthorization and appropriation of the National Dam Safety Program Act.