Since 1999, National Dam Safety Program research funds have been allocated to workshops in specific areas. This page provides an overview of those workshops and links to the findings that came out of them. It is meant to serve as a resource for anyone interested in the topic of Dam Safety and related research.
The following eight workshops encourage research and make significant contributions to improving the safety and security of dams throughout the United States:
- Seepage through Embankment Dams (FEMA 535)
A report on the workshop on issues, solutions, and research needs related to seepage through embankment dams.
- Dam Spillways (FEMA 536)
A workshop report that documents the state-of-practice concerning cost-effective techniques of dam service and emergency spillways.
- Spillway Gates (FEMA 537)
This workshop report documents lessons learned from the Folsom tainter gate failure and applies those lessons across the broad spectrum of spillway gates.
- Hydrologic Issues for Dams (FEMA 538)
This workshop report documents expert findings in the areas of risk analysis, standards, and meteorological needs.
- Outlet Works (FEMA 539)
A workshop report that addresses outlet work failure modes; conduit materials; gates, valves, and controls; rehabilitation of conduits; and outlet work inspection.
- Impacts of Plants and Animals on Earthen Dams (FEMA 540)
This workshop report identifies dam safety state-of-practice issues and research needs relative to plant and animal penetrations of earthfilled dams.
- Embankment Dam Failure Analysis (FEMA 541)
A workshop report that discusses the new technology related to risk assessment, embankment dam failure, and flood routing.
- Risk Assessment for Dams
This workshop report presents the detailed discussions of Federal, State, and private sector experts on the areas of risk assessment applications for dam safety.
Many publications can be ordered from the FEMA Publications Warehouse by calling 1-800-480-2520 (Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST) or sending a fax to 1-240-699-0252. You can also email a request to FEMA-Publications-Warehouse@dhs.gov. Please provide the title, FEMA publication number, and the quantity of each publication, along with your name, address, zip code, and daytime telephone number.