Saturday, September 22, 2007

AND YOU THOUGHT BRIDGES WERE UNSAFE?

1,333 UNSAFE DAMS THREATEN NATION'S COMMUNITIES
September 6, 2007 By: American Rivers
Unsafe High Hazard Dams Litter the US
More than ten thousand dams across America could become killers if they fail and 1,333 of those dams are considered unsafe. This Sunday, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) holds their annual conference in Austin, TX. Statistics developed by ASDSO show that an alarming number of dams in the United States pose a threat to human life and many of them are structurally unsafe. Congress will soon consider the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007 (H.R 3224) which would direct $200 million to states for improving the safety of publicly-owned dams, through either repairing or removing problem dams. To date, only 11 members have signed on to
co-sponsor the bill introduced by Congressman John Salazar (D-CO). “Dams across the country are living on borrowed time, and many of our communities are at risk,” said American Rivers’ President Rebecca Wodder. “Closing our eyes to the problem doesn’t make it disappear; Congress needs to take action now.” The raw numbers facing every American are alarming.
According to the ASDSO: There are more than 87,000 dams currently under state regulation 10,127 have been classified as high hazard, meaning they pose a serious threat to human life if they should fail. Of those high hazard dams, 1,333 have been identified as structurally deficient or unsafe. The average dam inspector in the US is responsible for more than 400 dams. The ASDSO recommends that each inspector be responsible for fewer than 50 dams. Even more disturbing, there is no accurate count for just how many dams there actually are in the United States. The National Inventory of Dams, maintained by Army Corps of Engineers, tracks about 80 thousand dams. And when state dam inventories are totaled, there are more than 100 thousand. But neither number is particularly reliable, since states have varying definitions of dams. In some states, such as Missouri, a 34-foot high structure isn’t even considered a dam. Alabama doesn’t even have a dam safety program and doesn’t track the number of dams in the state. “The first step in solving a problem is identifying just what the problem is,” added Wodder. “By not even knowing how many dams there are, lawmakers are gambling with people’s safety.” Many Americans live in the shadow of high hazard dams -- some of which are structurally unsafe -- and don’t even know it. Most states don’t require that people are notified if they live within a dam failure inundation zone, and have no evacuation plans, in the event of a dam failure are rarely well-publicized. The American Society of Civil Engineers grades the nation’s infrastructure on a regular basis. Dams have repeatedly received a D. The same group has given the nation’s bridges a C. Armed with such statistics, communities all across the country are finding that removing many of these dangerous structures is often the safest, most cost effective way of fixing the problem. Many dams in the America have outlived their usefulness, and about 10 percent have no known owner. Getting rid of these relics not only removes a hazard to the community, but can also provide natural flood protection by allowing the river to flow freely. “This past summer in Minnesota, we all got a horrific wake up call on the state of our nation’s infrastructure. We simply cannot afford to press the snooze button. We must get out of bed, and get to work,” added Wodder. See all the ASDSO Statistics at www.AmericanRivers.org/NationalDamStats
I think Alabama should have a dam safety program.
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Water VS. Wine:As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.
In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we will have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria found in feces.
In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.
However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum,whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purificationprocess of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health.
Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink waterand be full of shit.
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I'm doing it as a public service.
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Sun Sep 16, 3:13 AM ET SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian military Sunday defended its decision to pay for some female sailors to have breast implants, saying the operations were not carried out for cosmetic reasons. Australian Defence Force spokesman Brigadier Andrew Nikolic did not say how many women had had the taxpayer-funded operation. But he said the military would consider paying for plastic surgery for personnel where there were medical, dental or compelling psychological or psychiatric reasons. Any suggestion that breast operations were carried out to make the women "look sexy" were not only wrong, but insulting, Nikolic said. "Under defence policy we do consider the holistic needs of our people, both physical and psychological," he said. "That is a long way from saying, however, that if someone doesn't like their appearance, defence will fund things like breast augmentations as a matter of routine -- that is just not correct." Defence Association spokesman Neil James also defended the practice. "For psychiatric or psychological reasons, this has been recommended after a medical evaluation," he told state radio. "It's not being done because someone just wanted it.
Of course not. They've gotta keep the sailors spirits up, too.

6 comments:

just me said...

Damn those dams. How do you keep up with them all?

Actually, from a medical perspective, being exposed to small amounts of bacteria over long periods of time might prove beneficial in the long run. It might help our immune systems develop resistance to some of the super-infections coming out. Maybe.

Well, they get good dental care, too, you know in the Royal Australian Navy..

alphonsedamoose said...

I never realized there were so many dams. WOW!Scary how many are unsafe.
I' ll help with the drinking
Do the implants tke the place of flotation devices?

alphonsedamoose said...

BTW: I didn't hit you that hard.

Catmoves said...

just me, I don't keep up with them. We're supposed to have dam inspectors. I dunno what the dam inspectors do with all their time. Not a dam thing, I guess.
As for bacteria, I prefer mine from the local eateries. At least the doctors know ptomaine when they see it.
ROFL about RAN.

Catmoves said...

moose, I'd share a drink with you any time.
You live in Canada. Why not enlist and find out about the she/sailors?

Catmoves said...

moose, nah, not that hard. The bruise is almost gone.