This page provides an overview of the importance of dam safety research and FEMA's efforts in support of that research. It is geared toward general audiences wishing to learn more about the topic of dams and their study.
Research is critical to the Nation's agenda for dam safety. Research funding under the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) has addressed a cross-section of issues and needs, all in support of ultimately making dams in the United States safer.
To guide decisions on the funding of specific research projects, the National Dam Safety Review Board developed a 5-year Strategic Plan to prioritize research needs in dam safety. The goal in developing the Strategic Plan was to ensure that priority would be given to those projects demonstrating a high degree of collaboration and expertise, and the likelihood of producing products that will contribute to the safety of dams in the United States.
Over the past 6 years, research funds have been allocated to workshops in nine of the priority areas. Based on the workshop findings, research topics have been pursued and several topics have now progressed to products of use to the dam safety community, including technical manuals and guidelines. For future research, it is the goal of the Work Group to expand dam safety research to other institutions and professionals performing research in the field.
For information on the NDSP research program, visit Dam Safety Publications and Other Resources.
National Dam Safety Program Research Workgroup
Sherry L Hunt - – Federal Co-Chair
Hydraulic Engineering Research
Phone: (405) 624-4135 ext. 222
Fax: (405) 624-4136
Michael K. Sharp (GV-T)
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
National Design Engineer
Engineering Division ‑ USDA/NRCS
1400 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.W.
P.O. Box 2890, Room 6136
Washington, DC 20013
Office: (202) 720-5858
Fax: (202) 720-0428
Michele Lemieux - Non-Federal Co-Chair
MT Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
PO Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
Hal Van Aller
MDE Dam Safety Division
407 Race Street
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
FEMA, Region IX
State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection Bureau
of Dam Safety and Flood Control
501 East State Street
P.O. Box 419
Trenton, New Jersey 08625