I'm sure you all didn't forget to recognize this very important day.....it really should be a federal holiday.....
May 31st is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, an event that commemorates the tragic failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Penn. Although not a USACE constructed dam, the May 31, 1889 dam failure resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States.
Lot's of bad things happened in the 1800's. Do we need a day of observance for them all? And what are we supposed to do on dam safety day, perform a visual inspection of the dam nearest us, and stick our fingers in any wet cracks?
Heh heh, I said, "stick our fingers in any wet cracks".
Here's the Jones Bluff Lock and Dam down around Selma. Maybe I'll take the wife on down there and we'll have BBQ sandwiches after we inspect it.