The Dam Safety Process

by Chris J. Veesaert, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


A safe dam is one which performs its intended functions without imposing unacceptable risks to public safety, property, and welfare by its presence. Ensuring the safety of a dam requires undertaking a continuous process or series of activities which include: monitoring the dam to identify potential deficiencies which could threaten its safety, evaluating identified potential dam safety deficiencies to confirm a threatening condition and its severity, and taking appropriate corrective action to mitigate any confirmed deficiencies.

Subject Headings: Dam safety | Public health and safety | Inspection | Mitigation and remediation | Maintenance and operation | Accidents

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