SCHUMER: HUNDREDS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK DAMS ARE CONSIDERED ‘HIGH HAZARDS’ TO SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES & MANY DON’T HAVE EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS TO PROTECT HOMES, BUSINESSES – WILL CALL ON SENATE TO PASS EXPIRED WATER RESOURCE LEGISLATION TO DELIVER GRANTS FOR DAM INSPECTIONS, SAFETY PLANS
With Critical Water Resource Bill Headed to Senate Floor — Schumer Reveals That Over 800 Dams in New York Don’t Have Emergency Action Plans in Place to Address Risks to Life, Infrastructure, Homes & Businesses If a Dam Breaks or Major Flooding Occurs
With Spring Thaw Looming, Schumer Calls on Senate to Reauthorize ‘Dam Safety Program’ to Fund Statewide Dam Inspections, Upgrade Safety Preparedness and Maintenance & Improve Emergency Recovery Plans After Incident Occurs
Dams Are Vital to Flood Protection, Drinking Water, Navigation, Hydropower & More – Western NY Has 62 Hazardous Dams, Capital Region 193 Dams, Hudson Valley 380 Dams, Southern Tier 157 Dams, Central NY 102 Dams, North Country 180 Dams, Rochester FL 64 Dams
TODAY during a press conference call at 11:30AM, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will reveal that there are over 1,100 dams considered “high” and “significant” hazards in Upstate New York, and more than half do not have an emergency action plan (EAP) to protect local homes, businesses and human life should dam failure and subsequent flooding occur. Dams are a vital part of our nation’s aging infrastructure and provide enormous benefits to Upstate New Yorkers, including flood protection, drinking water, renewable hydroelectric power, navigation, irrigation, and recreation. Yet many of these hazardous dams are nearly a century old, and with the spring thaw looming, the potential risk to the surrounding community is too great to ignore.
Schumer will call on his Senate colleagues to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 which is set for a potential vote in the next two weeks, and would boost federal funding for dam inspections and maintenance and require stronger safety measures through the reauthorization of the expired National Dam Safety Program (NDSP). Recent state regulations now require hazardous dams to develop EAPs in conjunction with state and local dam safety experts, and this plan will provide critical funding for those efforts.