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The safety of private dams.

The safety of private dams

Of 800,000 privately owned dams in the Unitd States, at least 2,000 are unsafe are could fail, according to a recent report prepared for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These faulty dams may be improperly designed, may have deteriorated to a dangerous condition or cannot adequately hold back floodwaters, the report says.

The situation may be even worse, says civil engineer Bruce Tschantz of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who conducted the survey. Only a small percentage of the 80,000 dams have actually been inspected, he says. Many states lack adequate programs for regulating private dams.
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Date:Mar 22, 1986
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