From the Bangor Daily News: When a privately owned dam at one end of Clary Lake was breached, nearly half the water drained, and the lake level dropped by more than four feet. The Maine DEP has tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with the dam owner, and enforcement action is tied up in an ongoing legal dispute.
From Wired: "Today, after five days of rain thanks to Hurricane Harvey, Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are as full as full can be. Houses both upstream and down are sitting in feet of water. Believe it or not, that’s how things are supposed to work."
From The Washington Post: "Houston’s Great Flood of 1935 swamped downton and led to the construction of the Addicks and Barker dams. Those aged flood-control reservoirs are being tested by Hurricane Harvey’s massive rainfall."
From ProPublica: "The extra water that has accumulated in the Addicks and Barker reservoirs has strained their earthen dams. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says despite the fears, the dams are not in danger of failing."
An op-ed piece in The New York Times: "Thoreau was prophetic in his apprehensions about dams. Though society has degraded rivers and reduced fish runs through pollution, overfishing and a host of other grievances, no single action has caused as much injury as the construction of barriers along their migratory routes."
From Maine Public: "Dams can be a liability for owners and municipalities, who have to maintain them or pay for their removal. But a couple of 20-something entrepreneurs sees potential in old dams in the form of renewable energy and profit."
From The Washington Post: "According to a report from the EPA program that manages the bay cleanup, the reservoir behind the hydroelectric dam, which sits at the top of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, has filled with sediment far sooner than the agency had predicted."