dams http://wamc.org en High Priority: NY Dam Safety http://wamc.org/post/high-priority-ny-dam-safety <div><p></p><p>A pair of high-ranking officials are taking steps to ensure safety of New York's Dams -&nbsp; Since twin storms Irene and Lee hit in 2011, there's been increased awareness and concern about the safety of New York's 2-thousand-odd dams ... there are about 400 Class C "high-hazard" dams - the state Office of Emergency management says 26 of them are in Orange County, 14 in Sullivan and 9 in Ulster. This class of dam would cause serious damage and would threaten people's lives upon failure.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:23:28 +0000 Dave Lucas 62105 at http://wamc.org High Priority: NY Dam Safety Mass. Dam Repair Bill Awaiting Signature by Gov. Patrick http://wamc.org/post/mass-dam-repair-bill-awaiting-signature-gov-patrick <p></p><p></p><p>A bill that would provide funding for the removal and replacement of aging dams across Massachusetts has passed the state legislature and is now awaiting final approval by Governor Deval Patrick. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas reports…</p><p>Advocates from a variety of backgrounds including those representing cities and towns, conservationists, and public safety are now awaiting Gov. Patrick’s signature on a bill that would create a special fund to remove, replace, and remediate aging infrastructure from interior to coastal Massachusetts.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 55110 at http://wamc.org Mass. Dam Repair Bill Awaiting Signature by Gov. Patrick Conservationists Celebrate Completion of Berkshire Stream Restoration http://wamc.org/post/conservationists-celebrate-completion-berkshire-stream-restoration <p></p><p></p><p>Officials with the US fish and Wildlife service, the Massachusetts Dept of Fish and Game, stakeholders, conservationists, and others today came together in Cheshire to celebrate the completion of the Thunder Brook restoration project. Thunder Brook runs down Mount Greylock and feeds into the Hoosic River.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 53962 at http://wamc.org Conservationists Celebrate Completion of Berkshire Stream Restoration Berkshire Dam is Removed While Dam Repair Bill Fails http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-dam-removed-while-dam-repair-bill-fails <p>Town officials in the Berkshire County town of Cheshire report that work is underway on a project to restore a local dam, while a bill that expand state protection of dams in Massachusetts failed to pass the state&rsquo;s legislature.</p><p>According to the Berkshire Eagle, town officials in Cheshire, Massachusetts say that work to restore the Thunder Brook Dam is near completion, and should be finished in the coming days. The project is being funded in part with a $75,000 public grant from Massachusetts Environmental Trust. The next phase of the project will replace a culvert.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 22:10:06 +0000 Lucas Willard 44874 at http://wamc.org