Dam Safety

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The North Carolina Dam Safety Program provides oversight of more than 3,000 dams statewide, working to provide for the certification and inspection of dams to reduce the risk of failure of dams; to prevent property damage, personal injury, and loss of reservoir storage; and to ensure maintenance of minimum flows of adequate quantity and quality below dams.

N.C. Dam Inventory as of 04/12/2021

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials provides dam-safety-related videos for dam owners. Each video (below) is approximately 10 minutes long.

Dam inspections

Dam Safety Academy: Dam Inspections


Spillways and Outlet Works

Dam Safety Academy: Spillways and Outlet Works      


Operation and Maintenance Plans

Dam Safety Academy: Operation and Maintenance Plans



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