Some of the comments from author, Rodney W. Eisenbraun, include:
- The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) 2013 Report Card grades the overall condition and performance of US dams a lowly D - largely due to the increasing number of dams added to the high hazard potential list each year.
- Currently, the average age of the 84,000 dams in the country is 52 years old.
- Dam inspections are a vital, affordable step in awareness that could help owners avoid mishaps or prevent disaster.
- A dam safety inspection is the first step in preventative maintenance. Remember, just because you aren’t aware of a problem, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist and more importantly the lack of awareness doesn’t remove you from responsibility and the possible consequences.