Many U.S. Reservoirs Could Be Rendered Useless—And That Was Part of the Plan

Oct 3, 2019

We have heard about the deteriorating status of American infrastructure and most imagine crumbling bridges and potholed roads. But there’s another looming infrastructure crisis that’s getting little to no attention—and it will eventually impact everyone: America’s reservoirs are filling up with sediment. Their storage capacity peaked in the 1980s and it’s been going downhill ever since—sometimes with disastrous consequences.

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Credit Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition