National Dam Safety Program Publications

The National Dam Safety Program provides a variety of publications, including:

  • Research Needs Workshop Reports
  • Technical Manuals, Guides and Reports
  • Technical Advisories
  • Safety Series Fact Sheets
  • Response and Recovery (R&R) Dam Response Operations Matrices
  • Dam Safety & Risk MAP/Flood Mapping Studies Fact Sheet Series
  • DSS-WISE Fact Sheets
  • FEMA P-1015, Technical Manual: Overtopping Protection for Dams (ZIP, 410MB)

Search for Dam Safety Publications

Search for documents below, or view our pages on Federal Guidelines, National Dam Safety Program Information, Resources for the General Public, or Resources for States.

You can order publications from the FEMA Distribution Center.

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2021 National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar Day 1

The topics covered laid out the basis for risk informed decision making.

  • Gen 11, 2022
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2021 National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar Day 2

The presentations covered throughout the day related to benefit-cost analysis. The topic stems from justification FEMA and the National Dam Safety Review Board are using to add some sort of simplified methodology to the High Hazard Potential Dam grant process.

  • Gen 11, 2022
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2021 National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar Day 3

The theme of the day had a strong focus on risk assessments. There were evaluations of previous dam failures, including the Orville Dam and a synopsis on the previous 25 years of risk-informed decision making and what to expect in the upcoming 25 years.

  • Gen 11, 2022
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2021 National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar Day 4

The last day of the seminar covered various case studies on risk analyses followed by a panel discussion about the various topics and presentations covered throughout the seminar.

  • Gen 11, 2022
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A Watershed Approach to Enhance Dam Safety - a Case Study of Dams in the Rio de Lat Plata Watershed in Puerto Rico

National Dam Safety Program | Ed Beadenkopf and John Wolfhope

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Advancements in Evacuation Modeling | Woodrow Lee Fields - US Army Corps of Engineers

2019 NDSP Technical Seminar Presentation

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Aging Dams/Incidents in Indian Country

National Dam Safety Program | Mark Baker and Matt Young

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Assessing Flood Risk in the California Delta

National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar | February 16-18, 2021
Lawrence H. Roth, PE, GE, ENV SP
Jessica J. Ludy, CFM

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Augusta Canal – Aging, Historical Landmark, Urban Environment, Complicated? You name it – It’s got it!

National Dam Safety Program | Shae Hoschek

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Be Aware of Potential Dam Failure in Your Community - Fact Sheet

This two-page flyer is for the general public. Approximately 14,000 dams in the United States are classified as high-hazard potential, meaning that their failure could result in loss of life. The most important steps you can take to protect yourself from dam failure are to know your risk. Dams present risks, but they also provide many benefit