Infrastructure Woes: WY Engineer Says Dams Are Safe

Laramie, WY – A state engineer says Wyoming's 32-thousand dams are safe. This comes in the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse earlier this month when inspectors across the country began to gauge the strength of the nation's infrastructure. Michael Hand is a dam engineer for the state. He says 85 dams in Wyoming would cause significant damage to human life and property if they were breeched. But he says that's unlikely. Hand says some larger dams that are managed by a federal agency are inspected every three years. Those include the structures at Seminoe, Alcova and Pathfinder reservoirs. Hand and his team carry out their inspection of about 14-hundred dams every five years.