Dam Safety Awareness Day to Promote
Dam Safety within Our Communities
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces National Dam Safety Awareness Day activities at several dams in the region to help the community become more aware of the risks of living near dams as well as the benefits they provide by conducting tours and water safety events.
Members of the community are invited to learn more about the role of dams in their communities as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers management and maintenance of the dam.
May 27 – Delaware Dam tour at 10 a.m.
May 27 & 28 – Dillon Lake Dam (Nashport) tours and open house: 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. both dates.
May 31 – Alum Creek Dam tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
National Dam Safety Awareness Day occurs on May 31 of each year to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. The dam failure resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States.
National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide information on what steps can be taken to prevent future catastrophic dam failures. A secondary goal is to promote the benefits dams offer to communities.
For 30 years, the federal government has been working to protect Americans from dam failure through the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP). The NDSP, which is led by FEMA, is a partnership of the states, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders to encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety.
While dams provide many benefits to communities, such as storage of drinking water and improvement of wildlife habitats, they can also pose a significant flood risk if they fail. Dam safety is a shared responsibility and everyone is encouraged to know their risk (and benefits), know their role, and take action.
Information for this story was provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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