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Exhibit 19-2

Primary Purpose or Benefit of U.S. Dams

Dams have many uses. These are:

  • 35% are used for recreation.
  • 18% are stock/farm ponds.
  • 15% are used for flood control.
  • 12% are used for public water supply.
  • 11% are used for irrigation.
  • 2% are used for hydroelectricity.
  • 7% have other uses.

For more information on this exhibit, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Services Division at 512-463-4900 or at P.O. Box 13528, Austin, Texas 78711-3528.

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Inventory of Dams.

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