New Safety for Old Dams

by Rita Robison, Associate Ed.; Civil Engineering, —ASCE, New York, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 9, Pg. 60-63

Document Type: Feature article


Shortly after the Phase I inspection program conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1978-81, the Pennsylvania legislature authorized $300 million for repair of dams, ports and other water supply infrastructure. Funded by general obligation bonds, the money is available as loans to both public and private owners. The first loan was made in January 1984, and by mid-1985 about $45 million had been loaned under the Water Facility Loan Program. The Department of Environmnental Resources has the full backing of the Commonwealth Court in negotiating consent agreements with owners and then bringing unsafe dams into compliance.

Subject Headings: Dam safety | Dams | Water supply systems | Owners | Inspection | Federal government | Legislation | Rehabilitation | Pennsylvania | United States

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