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Oregon Dam Safety Program
2013 Oregon Dam Safety Conference


Evaluation Form (to earn PDH, form is 3 pages) - please submit to arla.l.heard@wrd.state.or.us

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​Conference Presentations - Morning Session
​Introduction ​Norris ​PDF 2.5 MB 
​Major Historical Dam Failures with Modes of Failure ​Mills PDF 4.2 MB
​Seismic Hazards for Oregon Dams ​Wang PDF 7 MB
Probable Maximum Precipitation - Oregon Storms ​Kappel ​PDF 8.4 MB
​Peak Flows, from the 100 Year to the Probable Maximum ​Robison PDF 763 KB
​Potential Failure Modes for Piping and Internal Erosion ​Blackett PDF 9.7 MB
​Dam Break Floods - Understanding Innundation Analysis ​Goodell ​PDF 5.2 MB
​Conference Presentations - Afternoon Session A
​Tools for Dam Owners
​FEMA's Role in Dam Safety ​Perkins PDF 2.9 MB
​Control of Vegetation on Dams ​Keys PDF 8.9 MB
​Monitoring Program for Dams ​Craig PDF 2.2 MB
​Replacing Conduits by Slip Lining Case Studies ​Martig PDF 17MB
​Remote Underwater Inspection of Conduits & Inaccessible Features ​Hedrick PDF 7 MB
​Replacing Conduit by Boring & Grouting at Freshwater Creek Dam ​Shaver ​PDF 17.6 MB
Conference Presentations - Afternoon Session B
​Seismic-Newport Big Creek Dams

​Unexpected Results from an Ordinary Boring - Big Creek Dams / Developing Seismic Parameters - the Big Creek Dams /Big Creek Seismic Assessment - A Phased Approach

​Winters / Carpenter / Hannan

PDF 15.3 MB

​Repair of Embankment Dams with Seepage Problems ​Robison PDF 14.8 MB
​Maintenance of Repair at Silver Creek Dams ​Fisher ​PDF 4.1 MB
​Repair of a Dam with an Un-compacted Embankment ​Urstadt PDF 7.2 MB
New Dam Safety Program Fees
The 2009 Legislature passed Senate Bill SB 788 which contains the authority to charge an annual recurring Dam Safety fee based on a dams “hazard” rating.  The Department inspects dams subject to the fee on and inspection frequency based on this hazard rating.  Results of the inspection are sent directly to the dam owners.

Dam Safety in Oregon Guide

Dam Safety in Oregon
Booklet [PDF 1.46 MB]

Dam Information
Dam Information - The Dam Safety Program maintains an inventory of large Oregon dams.  Information available includes dam height, storage, dam name, location, permit number and hazard classification.
Dam Design Plans and Specifications - Statutory size dams require design approval prior to construction.  See link for more information.
Strawberry Mountains

Dam Safety Inspection Form

Emergency Action Plans
Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) are very important where the failure of a dam would likely cause loss of life.  For any dam that has homes or human infrastructure downstream, an inundation analysis should be done to determine the degree of flooding that would occur if the dam fails.  If this analysis indicates significant flooding in homes, schools or any other human habitation, an EAP should be developed to properly plan actions in case a dam failure occurs.  
EAP's are needed in the unlikely event of an incident that might lead to severe flooding. The need is not based on the condition of the dam but rather the population at risk downstream. 
Dam safety staff at the Department review and approve EAPs as part of the application process and also review/approve EAPs for existing dams as a peer review to help ensure they work properly.
We are currently offering $5000 assistance grants for owners of high hazard dams to assist in completion of inundation analyses and EAP's.   
Invitation to Apply for EAP Assistance Grant [PDF 48KB]
Application for Emergency Action Plan Assistance Grant [PDF 21KB]
EAP Application Grant Process [PDF 54KB]
Several aids in creating and maintaining EAPs are available here:
Basic Steps in Creating an Emergency Action Plan [PDF 12KB]
OWRD Reviewers Checklist for EAPs [PDF 26KB]
Some links are also available to publications that may be useful in preparing an EAP:
Hydrologic Engineering Center    

Photo Gallery
Below are links to photo galleries for the selected dams in Oregon.

Links of Interest
Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Bureau of Reclamation

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

US Army Corps of Engineers