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There's Gold in Them Thar Ills

from The Huffington Post

The United States has 87,000 dams; 7 of every 10 will be more than 50 years old by 2020. Some — including the Hoover Dam — have deteriorated to potentially deadly degrees. New legislation is expected to put $4.6 billion into water-resource projects, but that's not nearly enough, especially for dams, given that more than half of them are privately owned, regulated by state dam-safety agencies. Many dams were originally located in rural areas, and thus were considered low-hazard. Today, development has transformed many rural locations into thriving suburban communities, causing the dams to become high-hazard; i.e., if they fail, people will die. Consider what happened in South Carolina when torrential rains caused as many as 25 dams to fail, killing 17. The international situation is not much better; e.g., Iraq's largest dam, in Mosul, is close to failing, putting up to 1.47 million Iraqis at risk. Is your firm involved in dam-related services? Should it be? more


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