High risk dams pose upstream danger for many Pennsylvanians

Monday, November 11, 2019, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians living downstream may not often think about what could happen if something goes wrong with one of the state’s many dams, but threats to life and property are scattered along the state’s 86,000 miles of streams and rivers.

“Our infrastructure in Pennsylvania is old — we’re an old state,” said Rich Reisinger, chief of the Dam Safety Division for the state Department of Environmental Protection. “A lot of dams have been around a long time, and occasionally the public gets, I’ll say, not as vigilant as we should be, when they say, ‘The dam’s been there 100 years. It’ll be there 100 more.‘”

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