Julia Harte

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Texas Law Reducing Dam Inspections Sparks Criticism

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July 10, 2014, The Wall Street Journal

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DALLAS—Texas has stopped inspecting 44% of the dams in the state, following passage last year of a state law that exempted most privately owned dams from safety requirements.

Now, as a drought dries up large portions of the Southwest, some dam-safety experts and officials are questioning the law, saying the dry spell is leaving webs of cracks along the surface of earthen dams that may make them weaker—and prone to triggering floods—when rains eventually fill them up again.

“There are dozens of dams out there, if not more, that potentially could impact people. But you’re not really sure until they’ve been looked at,” said John Wolfhope, a civil engineer based in Austin who sits on the National Dam Safety Review Board and who testified about an earlier version of the law.

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Written by juliaharte

July 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

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  1. You know, when you paywall everything we can’t read your brilliance.

    hannah

    July 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm


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