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National Dam Safety Program

For 30 years, the Federal government has used the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) to protect Americans from dam failure. The NDSP is a partnership of the States, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders that encourages and promotes the establishment and maintenance of effective Federal and state dam safety programs to reduce the risks to human life, property, and the environment from dam related hazards.

Seven people overlooking a dam and reservoir
View of people overlooking a dam and reservoir

What NDSP Includes

Information Needs for Dam Safety
Under FEMA’s leadership, state assistance funds have enabled all participating states to better their programs through increased inspections, emergency action planning and the purchase of needed equipment.

Dam Safety Training
FEMA has expanded existing training programs and initiated new training programs to enhance the sharing of expertise between the federal and state sectors.

Grant Assistance to the States
Grant assistance provides vital support for the improvement of state dam safety programs that regulate most of the 87,000 dams in the United States.

Dam Safety Research
A national research program in dam safety focuses on priorities and produces products for both the layperson and the expert and develops technological tools that drive data collection and analysis toward a better understanding of risk and remediation needs.

NDSP Partners
To encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety, FEMA coordinates partnerships through two Federal organizations, the National Dam Safety Review Board and Interagency Committee on Dam Safety.

Publications and Resources

For a listing of publications and resources, visit Dam Safety Publications & Resources.

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Last Updated: 
07/05/2018 - 17:02