Links & Downloads

Dam Safety Technical Manuals and Guides

The following FEMA manuals, guides, and reports provide procedures and guidance for dam specialists and dam owners responsible for the design, construction, inspection, maintenance, and repair of dams. You can access these documents by clicking on the hyperlinks below. For more information, go to FEMA’s library by clicking the button below.

Emergency Operations Planning: Dam Incident Planning Guide

South Carolina Dam Failure Assessment and Advisement (FEMA P-1801)

Pocket Safety Guide for Dams and Impoundments (FEMA P-911)

Evaluation and Monitoring of Seepage and Internal Erosion (FEMA P-1032)

Selecting Analytic Tools for Concrete Dams Address Key Events Along Potential Failure Mode Paths (FEMA P-1016)

Technical Manual: Overtopping Protection for Dams DVD (FEMA P-1015)

Overtopping Protection for Dams Brochure (FEMA P-1014)

Federal Guidelines for Inundation Mapping of Flood Risks Associated with Dam Incidents and Failures (FEMA P-946)

Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety: Emergency Action Planning for Dams (FEMA P-64)

Filters for Embankment Dams: Best Practices for Design and Construction

Technical Manual: Plastic Pipe Used in Embankment Dams (FEMA P-675)

Emergency Action Planning for State Regulated High-Hazard Potential Dams: Findings, Recommendations and Strategies (FEMA 608)

Final Report on Coordination and Cooperation with the European Union on Embankment Failure Analysis (FEMA 602CD)

Technical Manual for Dam Owners: Impacts of Plants on Earthen Dams (FEMA 534)

Technical Manual: Conduits through Embankment Dams (FEMA 484)

Technical Manual for Dam Owners: Impacts of Animals on Earthen Dams (FEMA 473)

Conduits through Embankment Dams Brochure (FEMA L-266)

Dam Owner’s Guide to Animal Impacts on Earthen Dams Brochure (FEMA L-264)

Dam Owner’s Guide to Plant Impact on Earthen Dams Brochure (FEMA L-263)

Emergency Operations Planning: Dam Incident Planning Guide

FEMA’s Dam Incident Planning Guide supports state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers in planning for dam incidents and failures by summarizing the concepts that a community  should consider when creating dam incident-specific elements of local emergency operations plans. Their  guide builds on Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.1 It also provides guidance for dam owners and operators on how to engage with emergency managers prior to an incident to ensure a well-coordinated response. Appendix A provides a general template for a community dam incident plan that can be adapted to meet each community’s needs.

2018 National Inventory of Dams (NID) Available

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The 2018 National Inventory of Dams (NID) is now available at http://nid.usace.army.mil. All charts, queries and maps reflect the most current NID database. The NID was populated using the 116th Congressional District information. State and federal dam regulators provided their data from May to November 2018 for inclusion in the 2018 database. Please be aware that inspection and EAP dates reflect 2018 data, so any inspections or updates since then will not be reflected in the current NID. Please contact the respective state or federal regulatory authority for the most up-to-date information.
Major changes to the 2018 NID allow users to download or export certain NID data and to view the hazard potential classification. State or federal agencies may restrict access to information on dams within their jurisdiction, in some cases. For information not published in the NID, USACE recommends consulting the agency exercising responsibility over the dam. Also, it is important to note the hazard potential classification, as published in the NID, does not reflect the condition of a dam. That information can be found in the condition assessment, which is available to approved government users.
http://nid.usace.army.mil

USSD 2017 Fall Workshop: The Challenges of Dams in Cold Climates

Plenary and Lunch Presentations:

Cold Climate Dam Engineering and Operation in Alaska: Case Studies, Part 1, Charles Cobb, State Dam Safety Engineer, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Cold Climate Dam Engineering and Operation in Alaska: Case Studies, Part 2, Charles Cobb, State Dam Safety Engineer, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Doug-Johnson Dams in Cold Climate Design Considerations and Challenges of Construction

IHA Hydropower Sustainability Protocol, Joerg Hartman, Sustainability Consultant

Overview of Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy and the Role of Hydropower, Neil McMahon, Alaska Energy Authority

Special Alaska Requirements to Permit Hydropower and Other Dams, David Schade, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Cold Weather and High Altitude Dam Construction — Twin Lakes Dam Enlargement Project Case Study, Daniel L. Johnson, AECOM; Dan Hertel, Engineering Solutions; and Ted Feldsher, AECOM

ASCE’s Cold Regions Engineering Division: Standards, Manuals of Practice Case History Documentation, Thomas G. Krzewinski, Golder Associates, former President of the International Association of Cold Regions Development Studies (IACORDS)

Permitting, Cost and Technical Challenges of Removing Lower Eklutna Dam, Brad Meiklejohn, Alaska State Director, The Conservation Fund

Track A – Investigation, Design, Construction and Operation:

Selection of Dam Types for Cold Climate and High Altitude Conditions, Glenn Tarbox, Stantec

Cost Estimating for Cold Climate Construction, Kevin Schneider, Barnard Construction Company

Applications and Performance of Exposed Waterproofing Geomembrane Liners on Dams in Extremely Cold Climate and Icy Conditions, Part 1, John Wilkes, Alberto Scuero, and Gabriella Vaschetti, Carpi Tech

Applications and Performance of Exposed Waterproofing Geomembrane Liners on Dams in Extremely Cold Climate and Icy Conditions, Part 2, John Wilkes, Alberto Scuero, and Gabriella Vaschetti, Carpi Tech

Muskrat Falls Project Overview, Ron Power, Nalcor Energy

Muskrat Falls Dams – Cold Climate Considerations, Greg Snyder, SNC Lavalin

Muskrat Falls North RCC Dam – Constructing in a Harsh Environment, Anderson Koehler, Barnard Construction Company

Site C: Cold Climate RCC Mix Design, Mike Pauletto, M. Pauletto and Associates, LLC

Site C: Cold Climate RCC Placement, Mike Pauletto, M. Pauletto and Associates, LLC

Remote Access Drilling and Geophysical Program at Terror Lake Hydro Project, Kodiak Island, Gary Rogers, Schnabel Engineering; and Jennifer Richcreek, Kodiak Electric Association

Dense Asphaltic Concrete Faced Dams and DAC Core Dams: A Canadian and European Solution for Short Construction Periods and Ice-Covered Reservoirs, David Wilson, WALO

High Production RCC and Mass Concrete Operations in Extreme Climate Conditions for Large Dams and Hydro Projects Worldwide, Ted Warren, RCC Presa Associates International LLC

Design and Construction Issues for the Planned RCC Susitna Dam, Wayne Dyok, H2O EcoPower (Retired, Alaska Energy Association)

Mile-High Cold Weather Marine Construction Mitigation Techniques, Jared Bell and Scott Korab, Ballard Marine

Unique Challenges of Floating Barriers in Cold Climate Regions: Case Studies, Greg Saunders, Revelstoke Design Services, Ltd.

Sweetheart Hydro Near Juneau, Alaska –Constructing a Large RCC Dam with no Road Access: Design and Construction Considerations, Tom Fitzgerald, Schnabel Engineering and Duff Mitchell, Juneau Hydro Inc.

Moose Creek Dam/Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project, North Pole, Alaska: USACE Design, Cost, and Constructability Considerations for CSM Barrier Walls in the Far North, Coleman Chalup and Derek Maxey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Track B – Environmental Sustainability – Plans, Studies and Permits in Alaska

Hydropower and Fish: Considerations and Case Studies for Sustainable Development in Alaska, Megan Marie, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

What’s Needed to Obtain Water Rights for FERC and Non-FERC Hydroelectric Projects, Carl Reese, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Using Climate Science to Assess Long-Term Effects of Dams on Salmon, Susan Walker, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region; Andrea J. Ray, NOAA Earth System Research Lab; and Joseph J Barsugli, NOAA-University of Colorado CIRES

Planning Site Work at Cold Region Dams – Logistical Impacts of Short Summer Seasons, Jennifer Richcreek, Kodiak Electric Association

Considerations in FERC Licensing of New Projects, Kirby Gilbert, Stantec

Permitting and Gaining Acceptance for Sweetheart Lake Hydroelectric Project, Duff Mitchell, Juneau Hydro

Emerging Federal Policy Affecting Hydro Development, Chuck Sensiba, VanNess Feldman

Track B – Case Studies of Projects Successfully Permitted

Permitting, Licensing, and Environmental Issue Resolution for the Susitna-Watana Hydro, Southcentral Alaska, Wayne Dyok, H2O EcoPower (Retired, Alaska Energy Association)

Thayer Creek Hydro, Del Shannon, Barnard Construction Company

Track B – Sustainability Workshop

IHA Hydropower Sustainability Assessment, Protocol, Joerg Hartman, Sustainability Consultant

 

 

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