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Oregon Dam Safety Program
Major Modification Made to Dam Safety Rules
Dam Safety Rules
​Construction of dams requires a reservoir storage permit from the Department.  For dams that are 10 feet and over in height and store at least 9.2 acre feet of water, approved designs, drawings, and specifications are also required prior to construction.  These documents must be prepared by a qualified professional engineer registered in Oregon. 
 
Dam Information

Dam Safety in Oregon -  PDF Publication

A publication designed for dam owners and potential dam owners. Last revised September 2011

Dam Safety Contact

Phone: 503-986-0839

Phone: 503-986-0829

E-mail: damsafety@wrd.state.or.us

2017 Oregon Dam Safety and Reservoir Resilience Conference Presentations

  • Moving Towards Resilient Infrastructure in Oregon                                                                         Dr. Scott Ashford, OSU
  • How Does the Oregon Dam Safety Program Compare                                                                      Doug Johnson, P.E., Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Flood Control and Levee Safety in Oregon                                                                                      Mike Meyer P.E., G.E., Cornforth Consultants;                                                                               Bill Owen, P.E. Multnomah County Drainage District
  • Willamette Valley Water Management                                                                                            Salina Hart, P.E., US Army Corp of Engineers
  • Extremely Extreme - A Conversation About Extreme Rainfall on the West Coast                                David Curtis, Ph.D., WEST Consultants, Inc.
  • Planning Secure Water Storage Considering Fish and Frogs                                                              Kyle Gorman, WRD SC Region Manger
  • NRCS Studies on PL 566 Dams                                                                                                      Meghan Walter, P.E., National Resources Conservation Service
  • Willamette Basin-Wide Dam Hydrologic Safety Studies                                                                    Angela Duren, P.E., P.H., US Army Corp of Engineers
  • Information Needs of Emergency Managers and Downstream Residents                                            Jay Wilson, P.E., Clackamas County
  • Astoria's Bear Creek Dam Improved Understanding                                                                         Jeff Harrington, P.E., Astoria City Engineer
  • Oregon Cascadia Lifelines Program                                                                                                Professor Daniel Cox, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU
  • Resilient Dam and Water Infrastructure in a Managed Watershed                                                     Robert Klein, Water Superintendent McMinnville Water and Light
  • Mananging Risk with Performance Monitoring                                                                               Barry Myers, P.E., Engineered Monitoring Solutions
  • Water Resources Development Program                                                                                         KimOgren, OWRD
Dam Information - the Department maintains an inventory of Oregon Dams.  Information available includes dam height, storage, dam name, location, permit number and hazard classification

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Links of Interest
Association of State Dam Safety Officials
Bureau of Reclamation
Canyon Creek Meadows Dam Information
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
US Army Corps of Engineers
Hydrologic Engineering Center