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Population growth impacting dam safety issues

A report by Jim Getz of The Dallas Morning News looks at the impact of population growth on dam safety. The investigation "found that suburban sprawl has encroached on hundreds of dams in Texas that were once in remote locations – including dozens in the Dallas-Fort Worth area." Development upstream from a dam increases runoff which may increase risks related to dam failure for those living downstream. " According to a News analysis of state and federal dam data and Census figures, at least 554 of Texas's roughly 5,800 low-hazard dams are now in areas where the population has more than doubled since 1990."

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