Latest Dams News

Amount of water released into Missouri River to be reduced

Nov. 14, 2019 1:59 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri River, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced later this month. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South...

NY offers grant money for dam removal in Hudson estuary

Nov. 14, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Grants are being offered by New York state for dam-removal projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed to restore habitat connectivity for American eel and river herring. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says $986,000 in grants is available for communities in the...

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Citing security, Nevada keeps dams' emergency plans secret

Nov. 10, 2019 9:10 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada keeps emergency response plans for potential dam failures secret for the same reason the U.S. government refuses the state's demands for information about weapons-grade plutonium shipped to the Las Vegas area: It's confidential for security purposes, even for dams at golf course...

New Mexico leads US with high-hazard dams in poor shape

Nov. 10, 2019 11:18 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On the edge of southern New Mexico's largest city is an earthen dam, built decades ago to keep storm runoff from carving through the desert hills and flooding the populated area below. New Mexico State University's golf course is just downstream and beyond that is a major artery...

Ohio ranks high in hazardous dams needing work

Nov. 10, 2019 10:05 AM EST

NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) — Picturesque, and at times, worrisome. The Muskingum University dam holds back what locals call "College Lake" on the campus of the private liberal arts college. Perched directly over the inlet to the lake's spillway is a wooden gazebo — a locally legendary fixture where many...

N Carolina No. 2 in risky dams where failure could kill

Nov. 10, 2019 9:46 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina carries a little-understood risk of flooding as climate change makes rainstorms more intense — the state has the country's second-largest collection of dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition built in places where a failure could kill people. An investigation by...

Mississippi among worst states for dams rated in bad shape

Nov. 10, 2019 9:45 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Maybe it's in a subdivision in Olive Branch, on a hill above Interstate 20 in Meridian, or in rural Carroll County. But across Mississippi, there are dams waiting for one inch too much of rain, or one year too many of neglect. The state has one of the highest numbers of dams that...

AP investigation: Dozens of New York dams need work

Nov. 10, 2019 9:29 AM EST

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — The Harrower Pond Dam, cracked and crumbling, with saplings sprouting from its walls, has been repeatedly cited by state and federal inspectors for safety violations over the past four decades. But repairs are unlikely anytime soon because nobody accepts ownership of the 150-year-old...

Dozens of New England dams a safety risk, in need of repair

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrymeeting Lake is like so many others in the New Hampshire woods, a bucolic summer getaway of cabins and second homes where vacationers sail, swim and fish. Like dozens of other lakes in the state, it also has a problem that is hidden from most of the people who come to enjoy it....