Georgia Safe Dams Act of 1978 (Georgia)

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Place Georgia

Applies to States or Provinces Georgia
Name Georgia Safe Dams Act of 1978 (Georgia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Energy Storage, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small)
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The purpose of the Georgia Safe Dams Act is to provide regulation, inspection and permitting of dams to the State. The Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is responsible for ensuring that a competent engineer designs all dams, approving plans for inspection and maintenance, and otherwise monitoring the condition of dams. It requires that anyone wishing to construct a dam must obtain a permit from the EPD; permission to remove a dam is also required. Dams receiving federal funds or under federal regulation are exempt. Artificial barriers less than 6 feet high are also exempt. Dams are classified into two categories. Category I is where improper operation or dam failure would probably cause loss of human life. Category II is where dam failure would be unlikely to cause deaths. Category I dams are monitored more closely by EPD.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Linda MacGregor
Department Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Division Environmental Protection Division
Address 4220 International Parkway Suite 101, Atlanta, GA, 30354

Phone 404-675-6232

Fax 404-675-6247

Contact Name Tom Woosley
Department Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Division Environmental Protection Division
Address 4244 International Parkway Suite 120, Atlanta, GA, 30354

Phone 404-362-2678

Fax 404-362-2598


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

Authority 1: Georgia Code 12-5-370
Date Effective 1990-09-20

Authority 2: Environmental Rule 391-3-8
Date Effective 1990-09-20