Information needs for dam safety extend from those in Congress who set national priorities and allocate fiscal resources to those of the dam owner and engineer involved in inspections, operations and maintenance, dam safety modifications, and other day-to-day activities of maintaining safe, economically viable facilities and environmentally responsible structures.
A primary objective of FEMA in its leadership of the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) is to identify, develop, and enhance technology-based tools that can help educate the public and assist decision-makers. These tools include:
- National Inventory of Dams, a computerized database of U.S. dams used to track information on our water control infrastructure, land use management, flood plain management, risk management, and emergency action planning.
- Dam Safety Program Management Tools, an information collection and management system used by federal and state dam safety program managers to provide as-requested and periodic information on local dam safety information, program needs, and accomplishments within each organization's jurisdiction.
- National Performance of Dams Program, a national effort headquartered at Stanford University to retrieve, archive, and disseminate information on dams and their performance in the United States.