Aging dams could be next US infrastructure emergency

With thousands of aging dams in the U.S. now considered obsolete, policymakers should consider removing unnecessary and unsafe dams, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP). The report says dam infrastructure has suffered from the same chronic underinvestment that has led to the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and airports. The result has caused many of the country’s nearly 2 million dams to be deemed costly and deficient, and CAP is hoisting a red flag about the issue before it reaches a crisis level.  “We’re hearing a lot about infrastructure these days, and the need to deal with crumbling infrastructure,” David Hayes, a senior fellow at CAP, said during a panel discussion on Tuesday. “And guess what? That applies to our dams as well.” But instead of urging policymakers to fix every aging dam across the country, CAP is advocating for the removal of certain structures on a case-by-case basis.

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