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More than 2,200 dams are in poor condition, posing danger to communities

Constructed four generations ago, the massive dam at El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside, Calif., is capable of storing over 36 billion gallons of water — enough to supply every resident in San Diego for most of a year. Today, it

Long-deferred maintenance, a changing climate and the construction of homes, businesses and highways below previously remote dams are all contributing to the soaring numbers.

(Image credit: Gregory Bull/AP)


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