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Oregon Dam Safety Program
2015 Dam Safety Conference
Conference Presentations:
Dam Safety Update - Keith Mills
Flooding in Oregon - Andy Bryant
Design for Extreme Flood Events in Northwest - Chris Bahner
USGS Tools for Area & Site Specific Seismic Characterization - Dr. Art Frankel
Seismic Stability Evaluation of Lookout Point Dam - Kenji Yamasaki/David Scofield
Emergency Planning & Vigilance, Response & Coordination - Doug Knapp
Repair of Joe Fisher Dam - David and Jim Newton
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


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]


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 45KB]
Application for Emergency Action Plan Assistance Grant [PDF 25KB]
EAP Application Grant Process [PDF 55KB]
Several aids in creating and maintaining EAPs are available here:
Basic Steps in Creating an Emergency Action Plan [PDF 12KB] 
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