Alabama is the only state in the US without dam safety laws.
According to the US Army Corps of Engineers there are over 2200 dams in Alabama. Alabama is the only state that does not have a regulatory program to ensure that these dams are safely constructed and maintained to ensure that downstream water users and upstream property owners are protected.
How the Alabama Rivers Alliance is working to help:
The Alabama Rivers Alliance supports ongoing efforts by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Association of Dam Safety Officials, and their partners to develop necessary standards for dams in Alabama that will help protect Alabama’s rivers from the threat of dam failure.
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Alabama Dam Safety in the News:
- Al.com, May 31, 2016: On National Dam Safety Awareness day, guess which state has no dam safety program
- Hydroworld.com Alabama remains only U.S. state lacking a state dam safety program
- Al.com, February 24, 2015: How safe are Oak Mountain State Park’s dams? Indian Springs Village leaders want answers
- Al.com, May 9, 2014: Alabama only state in U.S. without a dam safety program: ‘Dams do fail’
- Al.com, April 2, 2014: Legislation for dam safety (opinion by Ben Gallagher)
- Governing.com, January 10, 2013: Alabama’s Dam Oversight Void Stirs Safety Concerns, Confusion
- WAFF 48 News, March 31, 2011: Dams in distress: A WAFF 48 news special report
- Adopt the recommendations of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials and the American Society of Civil Engineers
- Develop a dam inspection program to ensure that all dams are safe and properly maintained
- Ensure all dam owners and operators have an emergency action plan and that emergency information is readily available to downstream users and land owners.
All Alabama citizens, partners and friends are important partners for this issue.
- Contact your legislator and let them know you support dam safety laws in Alabama.
- Donate to ARA today!
- Sign up for emails from ARA to stay up-to-date on dam safety issues in Alabama.