Dam Safety (Pennsylvania)

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Place Pennsylvania

Applies to States or Provinces Pennsylvania
Name Dam Safety (Pennsylvania)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Safety and Operational Guidelines
Affected Technologies Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small)
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 1978

Program Administrator Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/dam_safety/10501

Last Review 2014-05-16
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary

Information Source http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Water/Waterways%20Engineering/lib/waterwayseng/documents/pdfs/damssectorsecurityawarenessguide_508.pdf


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Dam Safety provides for the regulation and safety of dams and reservoirs throughout the Commonwealth in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and their property.

This division is required to assure proper planning, design review, construction review, maintenance monitoring and supervision of dams and reservoirs. This requirement is mandated by the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act, as amended, and the Pennsylvania Code. The division directs and coordinates field investigations with regional offices on authorized projects during construction; provides program guidance and coordination to regional program staff in the periodic inspection of all existing dams to determine their condition and safety; and directs, coordinates and develops policies and technical standards in the area of dam safety for the Department.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Roger Adams, P.E.
Department Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Division Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands, Division of Dam Safety

Phone 717-772-5951


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: The Dam Safety and Encroachments Act (32 P. S. § § 693.1—693.27)
Date Effective 1978
Date Enacted 1978