Our dams are living on borrowed time.

According to statistics by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), more than 10,000 dams in the United States have the potential to become killers if they fail and more than 1,300 of those have already been deemed unsafe.

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives did something to fix that. Last night, Members passed the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007. The bill will direct $200 million towards repairing or removing dangerous, publicly-owned dams all across the country.

This would have never been possible without voices like yours. You've helped take this message from the streets of your hometown to halls of Congress. Together we've landed in some of the nation's biggest newspapers and spoken to television reporters all across the country. You helped put the plight facing America's dams front and center.

And it worked. But yesterday's victory isn't the end, it's just the beginning. Now, it's time for the Senate to hear our call. Go to www.AmericanRivers.org/alert951 and urge your Senators to co-sponsor the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007.

It's staggering to know that more than 30 dam failures in the past two years have caused approximately $200 million in damages. 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.

Please go to www.AmericanRivers.org/alert951 and tell Congress to pass the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007. Closing our eyes to the problem doesn't make it disappear.


Rebecca R. Wodder

American Rivers