ALBANY, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says that there are over 1,100 dams considered "high" and "significant" hazards in Upstate New York.
Schumer also says more than three-quarters do not have an emergency action plan (EAP) to protect local homes, businesses and human life should dam breakage and subsequent flooding occur.
Schumer is calling the Senate to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA) which is set for a potential vote in the next two weeks, and will contain important proposals to improve navigation, coastal management and infrastructure financing. He says dams provide enormous benefits to upstate New Yorkers, including flood protection, drinking water, renewable hydroelectric power, navigation, irrigation, and recreation. Yet many of these hazardous dams are nearly a century old, and with the spring thaw fast-approaching, the risk to the surrounding community is too great to ignore.
One of the most important aims of WRDA, Schumer says, is to boost federal funding for dam inspections and maintenance and for stronger safety requirements through the reauthorization of the expired National Dam Safety Program (NDSP).
See a complete list of dams in New York below comment section.