New York Gets $1.25 Million for Dams

The Beacon Dam (Photo by Mary Fris)

Earmarked for structures with ‘high hazard potential’

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $1.25 million to the state Department of Environmental Conservation to help rehabilitate “high hazard-potential” dams under a program established in a 2016 bill introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat whose district includes the Highlands.

The Hudson Valley has nearly 100 dams considered to be high hazard, which measures not their condition but the fact that their failure could cause deaths. The list includes dams at the former Texaco Research Center on Fishkill Creek, the Mount Beacon reservoir, the Cargill reservoir in North Highlands and on Foundry Brook.

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