Dam Safety Risk Analysis Best Practices

The Dam Safety Risk Analysis Best Practices Training Manual is the foundation for Reclamation's Risk Analysis process. The documents listed below are handouts used during the five-day training course.

This course was jointly developed by Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

The documents below are intended as a supplement to the instructor-led training course and should not be taken out of context.

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The course is currently only open to federal employees. For additional information, contact Dom Galic (

Reclamation Seminar on Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams (SEED) for Domestic Audiences

This seminar provides attendees with comprehensive instruction in dam safety examination and evaluation. Although references will be made to organizational procedures and units of Reclamation, the principles, concepts, and procedures are readily adaptable to any organization conducting a regulatory or in-house dam safety program for existing dams.

The basic seminar emphasizes the importance of dam safety and provides information and instruction in dam safety surveillance, including periodic review of pertinent records, visual examination, and monitoring of instrumentation. Hydrologic considerations, concrete repair, remedial measures for dams, and emergency action planning are also discussed. The seminar is suitable for engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel, and administrators responsible for dams.

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Training Aids for Dam Safety (TADS): A Self-Instructional Study Course in Dam Safety Practices

TADS is a self-contained, self-paced training course consisting of 21 modules (workbooks and videos) for engineers, technicians, dam owners and operators, water resource managers, dam safety program managers, public officials, and the public. The modules were developed by technical experts from participating federal and state agencies and are organized into 3 components: Dam Safety Inspection; Dam Safety Awareness, Organization, and Implementation; and Data Review, Investigation, Analysis and Remedial Actions for Dam Safety.

The self-instructional study course in Dam Safety Practices, FEMA 609DVD, is available at no cost from the FEMA Publications Warehouse.

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Department of the Interior Dam Safety and Security Training

Training May 16 and 17

Site Visit May 18

This training will enable attendees to implement best practices that allow their agencies to more effectively and efficiently reduce the risks posed by DOI dams. This year’s training will have as its theme: “Hydraulics and Hydrology”.

Specific topics include:

  • An overview of hydrologic incidents at DOI facilities and why it is important to understand how dams react to hydrologic loading
  • Information on updates to NOAA Atlas 15
  • Discussion on how to incorporate climate change into Probable Maximum Precipitation estimates
  • Forecasts and forecast informed decision-making
  • Managing sedimentation

The training consists of two parts: The DOI Training on May 16 through 18 and the Site Visit to Boone Dam on the morning of May 18. The site visit is self-enroll but the training dates require supervisor approval.

DOI Only Registration: 2023 DOI Dam Safety and Security Training

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