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Posted by Lark Gilmer, USDA NRCS Communications Specialist inConservation

May 31, 2022

NRCS Sandy Creek 15 Dam


This 12 months marks the 133rd anniversary of the dam breach that took the lives of greater than 2,200 individuals and galvanized the nation to make sure such a tragic occasion couldn’t occur once more. On May 31, 1889, torrential rain and subsequent flooding brought on the South Fork Dam to fail close to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Changes in possession, lack of oversight, and unsound enhancements elevated the likelihood of a dam failure moderately than stop one. When the dam gave means, over 20 million tons of water brought on a catastrophic torrent downstream. A 40-foot wave touring 40 miles per hour crashed into Johnstown demolishing the city.

National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created in memoriam to encourage and promote particular person and group duty for dam security and supply data on what may be finished to stop future dam failures. Additionally, at the present time promotes the advantages dams supply to communities. May 31 serves as a reminder to carry out inspections, take essential precautions for local weather change patterns, replace emergency motion and evacuation plans, and share dam security data with the communities. Dam security is a shared duty. Know your danger, know your position, know the advantages of dams and take motion.

Be Dam Aware – be taught extra

  • Dams present many advantages together with bringing water, energy, flood management, recreation, and financial alternatives to communities. However, there are dangers related to dams, particularly if a failure happens.
  • Be conscious of dams in your space. Contact your native dam security official for extra data.
  • Be ready – Ask your metropolis council for a copy of their Emergency Evacuation Plan and share together with your neighbors.

Since their enactment in 1948, USDA NRCS’ watershed applications have designed and constructed over 11,870 dams, constructed water storage constructions, flood administration techniques, financial institution stabilization, relocated property, redirected stream flows, re-established wildlife habitat and extra to avoid wasting lives and defend watersheds. These applications play an vital position in advancing the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, the USDA NRCS has invested $586.5 Million to handle watershed useful resource issues together with $82 million to handle security and efficiency problems with excessive hazard dams.

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