Dam Safety http://kut.org en Aging Dams, Booming Growth, and the Search for Solutions http://kut.org/post/aging-dams-booming-growth-and-search-solutions <p><em>This is part four of a series looking at the infrastructure of dams in Texas, and what can be done to improve it. You can find part one&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/10/14/many-texas-dams-in-bad-condition/"><strong>here</strong></a>, and part two&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/?p=31776"><strong>here</strong></a>, and part three&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/10/16/want-to-learn-about-a-nearby-dam-in-texas-some-questions-are-off-limits/"><strong>here</strong></a>.</em></p><p>In a peaceful, wooded corner of Bastrop County, Texas sits one of the unluckiest dams in the state. In 2011 the Labor Day Wildfires burned soil and vegetation around Clear Springs Lake and its earthen dam. Then, half a year later, a massive rainstorm hit. Water poured over the structure and wrecked havoc on an already crumbling spillway.</p><p>&ldquo;Our poor little dam has gone between being scorched to being flooded in a matter of six months,&rdquo; Bruce Bar, a floodplain engineer and the manager of the community&rsquo;s dam told StateImpact Texas. &ldquo;So it&rsquo;s handled about as much as nature can throw at it.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:09:55 +0000 Mose Buchele 8958 at http://kut.org Aging Dams, Booming Growth, and the Search for Solutions Want to Learn About a Nearby Dam? In Texas, Some Questions Are Off Limits http://kut.org/post/want-learn-about-nearby-dam-texas-some-questions-are-limits <p><em>This is part three of a series looking at the infrastructure of dams in Texas, and what can be done to improve it. You can find part one <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/10/14/many-texas-dams-in-bad-condition/">here</a>, and part two <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/?p=31776">here</a>.</em></p><p>In 1978 a massive storm hit the West Texas town of Albany. It dumped 23 inches of rain in just eight hours. Waters <a href="http://web.reporternews.com/1998/local/flood0803.html">caused 9 deaths, flooded hundreds of homes, and broke through a local dam</a>. Troy Henderson, who now works on the Brownwood Texas Lake Patrol, says since then he&rsquo;s followed a simple rule.</p><p>&ldquo;If I were to build a home somewhere, I&rsquo;d make sure that if it was downstream from a lake that their dam is property maintained,&rdquo; he told StateImpact Texas, &ldquo;and the reason I say that is, I lived in Albany in 1978.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F115516945" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:35:41 +0000 Mose Buchele 8952 at http://kut.org Want to Learn About a Nearby Dam? In Texas, Some Questions Are Off Limits How Hundreds of 'Significant Hazard' Dams Escape State Inspection http://kut.org/post/how-hundreds-significant-hazard-dams-escape-state-inspection <p><em>This is part two of a series devoted to looking at the infrastructure of dams in Texas, and what can be done to improve it. You can&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/10/14/many-texas-dams-in-bad-condition/">find part one here</a>.</em></p><p>In 2008, the Texas State Auditor’s office released the kind of report that keeps public officials awake at night.&nbsp; It found that state regulators were not ensuring the proper maintenance of thousands of dams in Texas.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sao.state.tx.us/reports/report.aspx?reportnumber=08-032">The audit</a>&nbsp;found that state inspectors had never visited hundreds of dams that could cause loss of life if they failed.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:56:34 +0000 Mose Buchele & Mose Buchele 8939 at http://kut.org How Hundreds of 'Significant Hazard' Dams Escape State Inspection Many Dams In Texas Are in Bad Condition http://kut.org/post/many-dams-texas-are-bad-condition <p><em>This is part one of a StateImpact Texas series devoted to looking at the infrastructure of dams in Texas, and what can be done to improve it.</em></p><p>Of the 1,880 dams inspected by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality since 2008, 245 were found to be in bad condition, according to the TCEQ. Around 2000 of the state&rsquo;s dams were built with federal help in the wake of the great drought of the 1950s. Almost all of those are now past or nearing their projected 50 year lifespan, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://texasce.affiniscape.com/associations/10803/files/2012%20ASCE%20Dam%20Fact%20Sheet%20FINAL3.pdf">American Society of Civil Engineers</a>.</p><p>Statistics like these don&#39;t come as a surprise to the people who work with dams in the state of Texas.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F115301456" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:07:11 +0000 Mose Buchele 8928 at http://kut.org Many Dams In Texas Are in Bad Condition