Kansas has among the most dams in the country but is lagging behind the rest of the nation in how much money it spends to protect the structures that could cause the most damage if they fail.
There are about 6,700 Kansas dams in the national inventory - second most in the country - but the state spends about $3,200 less than the national average on dam safety.
The state is responsible for inspecting about 2,500 of those dams, of which 417 pose a high or significant risk, which is assessed based on how much damage they can cause . . .