5 Things You Need to Know About High-Hazard Potential Dams

July 13, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know About High-Hazard Potential Dams

If you own property that has a dam or are simply a resident near a dam here are five things you need to know about High-Hazard Potential Dams.

  1. Dams classified as High-Hazard Potential are those where failure or miss-operation will most likely cause the loss of human life.
  2. There are at least 14,726 High-Hazard Potential Dams in the U.S. according to the February 2013 National Inventory of Dams.
  3. High-Hazard Potential Dams require an Emergency Action Plan. An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a formal document that identifies potential emergency conditions at a dam and specifies pre-planned actions to be followed to minimize property damage and loss of life should those conditions occur.
  4. State Dam Safety Programs have primary responsibility for permitting, inspection, and enforcement for 80 percent of the nation's dams.
  5. Additional information regarding high-hazard potential dams is available at http://www.damsafetyaction.org.

Shield Engineering offers a wide range of services relating directly to dam remediation, rehabilitation, and forensic investigations. Additionally, Shield Engineering can assist dam owners in developing thorough Emergency Action Plans.

For more information on how Shield Engineering can help you please fill out the form on our website or call 800-395-5220 to speak to a Shield team member.

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