There have been a few recent, high profile dam failures in the news and some that haven't been as widely publicized. Dams are critical to many communities for electrical power generation, water supply, and even recreation and tourism, all of which help economic development and create jobs. A failure in a dam could range from terribly inconvenient to catastrophic to a community, and that's what this bill aims to prevent. The more resources we put into dam safety now, the less we'll have to spend down the road to clean up any problems caused by dam failures.