The Oroville Dam Crisis Could Be the First of Many

At U.S. dams, regulation and maintenance are a morass, with many agencies sharing (or ducking) responsibility.

Given the current state of the nation’s tens of thousands of dams, engineers are unsurprised at the recent specter of water roaring down damaged spillways this week at Oroville Dam. A comprehensive inventory of these structures and their role in the U.S. economy would aid future decision-making. (Visual by California Department of Water Resources)

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