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Dam Safety Task Force report: Aging inventory requires immediate attention

From: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

Deterioration of Michigan’s dam infrastructure has historically outpaced investment, leading to a lack of funding for addressing problem structures, the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force said in it its final report, which provides 86 recommendations for improving facility safety.

The report was submitted today to Governor Gretchen Whitmer who, in the wake of two dam failures in Mid-Michigan in May 2020, ordered a thorough review of the condition of dams in Michigan and the state’s ability to provide comprehensive oversight of more than 2,500 structures not regulated by the federal government, approximately 1,100 of which are regulated by the state.

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