If aging dam infrastructure isn’t repaired or funded soon, Michigan may face a significant and expensive loss of property and life- that’s according to the MI Dam Safety Task Force Report submitted to Governor Whitmer earlier today.
While the consequences of failing to fix or remove issues in the 1,1000 state run and 2,500 non-state run dams may seem like a lot, the report adds the risk dam failures can be reduced with long-needed improvements.
Liesl Clark, director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says “Aging dams, just like all infrastructure throughout Michigan, suffer from a lack of consistent investment, which must be addressed if we want to avoid future tragedies.”
The report’s legislative, regulatory and departmental recommendations fall into seven categories:
Over the course of five months, the 19 members of the Task Force held 22 public meetings and workgroup sessions. The public had multiple opportunities and avenues to provide input and many of those comments are included in the report.
For a look at the full report, you can visit Michigan’s Dam Safety Task Force web page.