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The state of Alabama should not stand by and wait until a loss of life occurs before greater resources are put toward dam safety. We have the opportunity to act before a major disaster occurs. We should learn from the experiences of other states and act swiftly to protect our citizens as well as our economy. It is time to urge state lawmakers Adidas Boost Yeezy 350 to pass a state dam safety bill.
Alabamians depend on dams to provide electricity, recreation, drinking water, and flood management. When a dam fails, the local economy can be devastated as homes and businesses are swept away along with the valuable resource the dam provided. We must do more to ensure dam effectiveness and safety.
It is long past time for Alabama to establish a state dam safety Adidas Climacool Shoes David Beckham
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The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) is committed to improving our infrastructure, by educating our members and raising public awareness. In the 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, the ASCE gave dams a grade of "D" which indicates the state of existing dams needs serious improvement. The recently passed, bipartisan Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) includes a National Dam Safety Program, offering support to conduct dam inspections, increase public awareness, and implement Emergency Action Plans. Yet without a state dam safety program, Alabama receives none of those benefits.
task, the cost of inaction will be measured in lost lives and destroyed properties.
Both of our neighboring states, Georgia and Mississippi, have established state wide dam safety programs. Without a dam safety program, Alabama's emergency managers do not know where the dams are located, or who lives in the areas below them.
National Dam Safety Awareness Day, May 31st, commemorates the tragedy in Johnstown, Penn. history cost more than 2,000 people their lives, and left thousands homeless. It also compels us to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.
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