|Unwanted or excessive vegetation on an earthen embankment dam may cause significant damage, such as what this uprooted tree has done.
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“Trees and woody vegetation growth have no place on the embankment of an earthen dam”.
“Most dam safety engineers, including state and federal officials, consultants, and other experts involved with dam safety, agree that when trees and woody plants are allowed to grow on earthen dams, they can hinder safety inspections, can interfere with safe operation, or can even cause dam failure. In the past, engineers and dam safety experts have not always been in agreement about the best way to prevent or control tree growth, remove trees, or repair safety-related damages caused by trees and woody vegetation. However, all dam engineers agree that a healthy, dense stand of low-growing grass on earthen dams is a desirable condition and should be encouraged”.
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Revision ID: 7293
Revision Date: 07/18/2023