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NICAR makes data on South Carolina dams available for free

Dams are critical pieces of infrastructure not often in the forefront of public attention or discussion, perhaps because so few of us interact with them on a regular basis, if at all. But when powerful storms – like those fueled by Hurricane Joaquin – occur, it’s easy to see the vital role dams play in public safety.

[Related: South Carolina residents rush to higher ground as 14 dams fail]

Below you can view selected fields for South Carolina dams from the National Inventory of Dams (NID), a national database kept by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The data lists the date each dam was last inspected (as of the submission date, in early 2013), how much water the dam can hold, who owns it, and many other details. You can buy the full national database from NICAR here:

If you're an IRE member in South Carolina and need this data in a different format, email We'll do what we can to help you quickly.


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