Identifying High Hazard Dam Risk in the U.S.
The National Dam Safety Program (NDSP), led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is a partnership of states, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders to encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety. In 2009, more than 1,800 dams were classified as “high hazard dams.” The failure or mis-operation of these dams will likely result in loss of life. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, the cost to repair deficient dams is $50 billion for all dams, or $16 billion to repair only high hazard dams.
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