Montana Dam Safety Act (Montana)

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Place Montana

Applies to States or Provinces Montana
Name Montana Dam Safety Act (Montana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small)
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 1985

Program Administrator Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


This Act establishes the state's interest in the construction of dams for water control and regulation and for hydropower generation purposes. It regulates dam construction, operation, and permitting in order to minimize inherent risks to public safety, and authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to adopt rules to:

    (1) classify high-hazard dams and reservoirs;
    (2) review, approve, and issue permits;
    (3) govern inspections under this chapter;
    (4) establish safety standards for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of high-hazard dams and reservoirs;
    (5) establish emergency preparedness and warning procedures; and
    (6) establish fees commensurate with costs to cover inspections under this chapter.

Policy Contact

Department Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Division Water Resources Division, Dam Safety
Address 1424 9th Avenue
Address 2 PO Box 201601
Place Helena, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59620-1601


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

Authority 1: 85-15 MCA

Date Enacted 1985

Authority 2: ARM 36.14