Legislation was introduced in the House Thursday, October 25th, to authorize funding to rehabilitate and repair aging public dams in the United States. Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) introduced the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007 which would provide $200 million over five years to repair state and locally owned dams. The legislation is nearly identical to legislation introduced in the 109th congress (H.R. 1105) that failed to pass before that congress adjourned last December.
ASCE’s 2005 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave dams a grade of D, and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials estimates that $10 billion is needed over the next 10 years to make repairs to the nation’s most critical dams. Key Contacts are encouraged to contact your Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor the legislation.
The bill text is available at http://thomas.loc.gov