SB 1985, An Act further regulating dam safety, repair and removal, needs your support. Please send a letter to your State Representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives asking him/her to contact House Leadership to support this bill.
Do you live in one of these towns?
S. 1985, An Act further regulating dam safety, repair and removal passed in the Senate in August 2011. Formerly S. 367, it is now in the House Committee on Ways & Means. S. 1985 will complement the efforts to regulate dams currently defined in 302 CMR 10.00 and provide the resources to address public safety by:
Emergency action plans and an inspection schedule for high hazard and significant hazard dams
Creation of a Dam Repair and Revolving Loan Fund with regulations giving priority in the approval municipal or nonprofit dam owners and projects to repair or remove high hazard and significant hazard dams
Link to a special list of 100 high hazard dams or dams in poor condition identified in the State Auditor’s January 2011 Report on dams, in alphabetical order by town. These are all municipal dams. This list does not include the many privately owned dams, which are also of grave concern. The House members representing the towns are in the column to the right. This is in order by town, so State Representatives may be listed several times on this list, as there may be more than one high hazard municipal dam in their districts.
Another Dam Coalition: ACEC/MA, BSCES, the Nature Conservancy, Mass. Audubon, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association are working in coalition on the passage of this bill. With your help, we can get it moving forward in the House.