Safe Dams Act of 1972 (Tennessee)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Tennessee|
|Name||Safe Dams Act of 1972 (Tennessee)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting|
|Affected Technologies||Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small)|
|Program Administrator||Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation|
The Safe Dams Act of 1973 (SDA) gives the Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Conservation the power to issue certificates authorizing the construction, alteration, or operation of a dam. A dam is defined as any artificial barrier, together with appurtenant works, which does or may impound or divert water, and which either (1) is or will be twenty (20) feet or more in height from the natural bed of the stream or watercourse at the downstream toe of the barrier, as determined by the Commissioner, or (2) has or will have an impounding capacity at maximum water storage elevation of thirty (30) acre-feet or more. Provided, however, that any such barrier which is or will be less than six (6) feet in height, regardless of storage capacity, or which has or will have a maximum storage capacity not in excess of fifteen (15) acre-feet, regardless of height, shall not be considered a dam, nor shall any barrier, regardless of size, be considered a dam, if, in the judgment of the Commissioner, such barrier creates an impoundment used only as a farm pond.
Certificates to construct, alter, and/or operate a dam are required for each activity. Certifications for construction and alteration are only valid for a single construction event or one year after issuance; operating and alteration certificates will not be valid for more than 5 years. New dams must following design standards outlined in the Act. Engineering requirements must also be met. Dams are categorized based on size (small, intermediate, large) and hazard potential (category 1, category 2, category 3).
|Contact Name||Alan Schwendimann|
|Department||Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation|
|Division||Division of Water Resources|
|Address||6th Floor, L&C Tower, 401 Church St., Nashville, TN, 37243|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Tenn. Code 69-11|
|Authority 2:||Rule of the Department of Environment and Conservation #1200-05-07|