Massive Dam Funding Program Proposed in Senate Bill

August 3, 2016

By James R. Hegarty, PE

Senate Bill 2848: The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 was introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in June 2016, and is awaiting passage by the Senate. This is the most significant dam funding proposal in my memory.

If the amendment passes, it will provide up to $60 million annually to repair, rehabilitate, and remove high–hazard dams across the United States. It would begin with an initial appropriation of $10 million in 2017 and 2018, with a 35% local match requirement.

Michigan currently has over 130 high–hazard dams. Many of these dams were built decades ago and show signs of deterioration due to age, erosion, poor maintenance, and flood damage. A high–hazard dam is one that its failure would cause significant property loss, environmental damage, or loss of life.

If you own or live near a dam that may benefit from bill 2848, you can follow its way through Congress by clicking here.


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