Vital Statistics, Facts and Images

Vital ASDSO Statistics and Facts

  • The average age of the more than 90,000 dams in the United States is 56 years old.
  • The number of high-hazard potential dams is almost 15,500 in 2016.
  • Hazard Rating refers to consequences of a dam's failure, not the condition of the dam.
  • To rehabilitate the nation's non-federal and federal dams it would cost more than $64 billion.
  • To rehabilitate the most critical dams only, it would cost almost $22 billion.
  • By 2025, 7 out of 10 dams in the United States will be over 50 years old.
  • As of 2016, 79% of state-regulated High-Hazard Potential dams have Emergency Action Plans (EAPs).
  • Over half of the dams in the United States are owned by a private entity.
  • A dam is considered high hazard if a failure or mis-operation is expected to result in loss of life and may also cause significant economic losses.

National Statistic Graphs

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Dam Safety Total State Budget
 

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Total NID Dams by Hazard Classification 
 

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State-Regulated High Hazard Portential Dams with an EAP
 

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Dam Ownership
 

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Causes of Dam Failures


Videos

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Perfect to Imperfect Dam - Maintenance (YouTubeDownload)
Overtopping Failure (YouTubeDownload)
Piping Failure (YouTube, Download)
Slope Failure  (YoutubeDownload)
Hazard Creep (YouTubeDownload


Images

ASDSO Logo (email kriley@damsafety.org for permission)

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