EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMany WV Watershed Dams Need Repairs
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 25, 2013 9:00 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 25, 2013 9:05 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A state official said many of West Virginia's aging watershed dams don't meet current design standards and need repairs.
West Virginia Conservation Agency Executive Director Brian Farkas said his agency doesn't have the resources to address the issue.
There are 170 watershed dams in the state. Farkas said about 100 of them don't meet current design standards.
The Charleston Daily Mail reported that Farkas' comments came Wednesday during a legislative interim meeting.
He told lawmakers that all but one dam are designated as "high hazard." That means loss of life and high property damage are likely if the dams should fail.
But Farkas said no state dams are in danger of failing.
He said that engineers need to review the dams to determine repair costs.
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