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Technical Manual: Overtopping Protection for Dams

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Inadequate spillway capacity is a common problem with many dams. Thousands of dams throughout North America have been determined to have inadequate spillway capacity and would be overtopped during the inflow design flood (IDF). Dam failure from overtopping can lead to a potential for loss of life and significant downstream damages. Thus, new design approaches have been developed that may allow for the dam to be safely overtopped. The design and construction of overtopping protection for dams is increasingly being viewed as a viable alternative to larger spillways as developing watersheds or changing hydrology produce higher peak flows.

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0.41GMay 31, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfFEMA P-1015, Technical Manual: Overtopping Protection for Dams DVD

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Dam Safety Program sponsored the development of a technical manual, in conjunction with the Bureau of Reclamation, to collect and disseminate useful and relevant information regarding the design, construction, and performance of overtopping protection alternatives for embankment and concrete dams.

0.02MMay 31, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfFEMA P-1014, Overtopping Protection for Dams Brochure
1.78MMay 31, 2014