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Congress allots $59 million in extending dam safety program

A spending authorization totaling $59.2 million over five years is included in legislation that reauthorized the National Dam Safety Program for another five years.

Congress passed S.2735 on Dec. 9, extending the dam safety program through Sept. 30, 2012, the end of fiscal year 2011. President Bush signed the measure Dec. 22.

The National Dam Safety Program provides incentive grants to encourage states to improve dam safety programs through training, technical assistance, research, and support. (HNN 9/22/06)

The act authorized appropriations totaling $59.2 million for the five years, including amounts to be shared by states and allocated based on the number of dams in each state. Congress must make actual appropriations each year to implement the spending authorization.

Legislation that would have created a $350 million National Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Program for non-federal, publicly owned dams was not considered by the last Congress before the session ended.

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