Maloney’s Dam Safety Act Becomes Law
Washington - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)’s Dam Safety Act was signed into law today as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The Dam Safety Act, which is Maloney’s third bill to be signed into law, provides communities with the support they need to ensure dams have the highest safety standards. WRRDA passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 412-4 on Tuesday, May 20 and the Senate passed the bill on Thursday, May 22.
“We get results when folks from both parties work together and focus on real problems like investing in our crumbling infrastructure. Now law, the Dam Safety Act and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act are good examples of what we can do to create jobs, grow our local economy, and keep Hudson Valley families safe,” said Maloney. “Too often Congress is focused on political games, this shows what we can do when Congress leaves politics at the door and gets results.”
Through WRRDA, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to dredge our ports, strengthen our infrastructure against extreme weather, provide flood mitigation, and restore important environmental ecosystems. Historically, Congress has passed this legislation every two years to provide clear direction to the Administration and the Corps, but no bill has been signed into law since 2007. Last April, Maloney introduced standalone legislation, the Dam Safety Act, to give communities the support they need to ensure dams have the highest safety standards possible. The Hudson Valley is home to over 800 dams, and nearly 100 dams known as “high hazard” whose failure would pose a serious risk to the economy and well-being of communities and families. Specifically, it reauthorizes the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP), which provides vital support to assist states like New York in developing Emergency Action Plans (EAPs), public awareness, implementing existing dam safety programs, assisting with the purchase of equipment, and conducting dam inspections. Maloney’s legislation passed the House of Representatives as part of the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) in October.