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Dam safety advocates say Biden infrastructure plan is no help

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive actions in the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden signed a series of executive actions Thursday afternoon aimed at expanding access to health care, including re-opening enrollment for health care offered through the federal marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive actions in the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden signed a series of executive actions Thursday afternoon aimed at expanding access to health care, including re-opening enrollment for health care offered through the federal marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 28: Joe Biden signed executive actions in the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

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Advocates for dam safety are calling out Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.

This week, an executive director of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials claimed Biden’s plan includes little to no relief for an issue that could threaten lives and property across the country.

A washed out West Saginaw Road in Sanford, Michigan, on May 21, 2020, after the area saw heavy flooding and damage from heavy rains throughout central Michigan . - More than 10,000 residents were evacuating their homes in Michigan on May 20, 2020 after two dams failed following heavy rains triggered what officials warned will be historic flooding. Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Midland County, site of the breached dams, in the towns of Edenville and Sanford. (Photo by SETH HERALD / AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/AFP via Getty Images)

A washed out West Saginaw Road in Sanford, Michigan, on May 21, 2020, after the area saw heavy flooding and damage from heavy rains throughout central Michigan. – More than 10,000 residents were evacuating their homes in Michigan on May 20, 2020 after two dams failed following heavy rains triggered what officials warned will be historic flooding. Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Midland County, site of the breached dams, in the towns of Edenville and Sanford. (Photo by SETH HERALD/AFP via Getty Images)

 

This raised concerns as advocates said of the close to 100,000 dams in America, many need repairing.

Meanwhile, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country a D grade for the condition of its dams, saying it would need to spend $81 billion more than currently budgeted by 2029 to bring them up to efficient standards.

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