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Governor Blunt receives dam survey results

February 8, 2006
By: Josh Kranzberg
State Capital Bureau

The Department of Natural Resources sent Governor Blunt important information about Missouri's dams.

Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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Governor Blunt received the results of the survey of Missouri's 653 dams on Wednesday. The two-month survey is in response to the Taum Sauk dam flooding in mid-December. Communications director Connie Patterson says other state's dam laws were the basis for this survey

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Contents: Due to the public interest in the issue, Governor Blunt asked that we resurrect that, polish it off, update it, and put together a very comprehensive look at Missouri's dam safety law in comparison to what other states had on their books to see if we needed to strengthen or revise our dam safety laws here in Missouri

Governor Blunt's office said that he would review the results and issue a statement soon. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.

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Governor Blunt demanded back in December a survey of Missouri's dams. On Wednesday, the results were delivered.

Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol

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The Department of Natural Resources recently completed a two-month survey of Missouri's 653 dams. Communications director Connie Patterson believes that the survey can do nothing but help Missouri.

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Contents: One of the things I think will come away from this with a better understanding of is our law in Missouri strong enough, does it need revision? I'm sure that we're gonna see some good recommendations coming from the governor, and at this point, it's just good public policy for us to look at this issue, particularly in light of the events of December when the Taum Sauk reservoir failed.

Governor Blunt's office said that he would review the results of the survey and issue a statement soon. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg