Dam Safety

Home
Click here to search.
×

Approval of Dams

Before constructing, reconstructing, enlarging, altering, breaching, removing, or abandoning any dam in Nebraska, the Dam Owner must obtain the approval of the Department. Also, every owner of a dam subject to the Safety of Dams and Reservoirs Act and not previously approved by the Department must file an application with the Department for approval of the dam.

A dam is defined as any artificial barrier with the ability to impound water or liquid-borne materials. Department approval is required when the dam has a total height of 25 feet or more, or the dam has an impounding capacity at the top of dam of 50 acre-feet or more.

A storage permit is required if the dam has an impounding capacity of more than 15 acre-feet below the lowest open overflow or the water in the reservoir will be pumped or released for a beneficial purpose. See Surface Water for more information.

 

view of small body of water with some prarie grass surrounding

Application for Approval of Plans for Dams

To receive Department approval, an application accompanied with engineering plans must be submitted.

Application for Approval of Dams

Certifications for Plans

Plans submitted to the Department must include an applicant’s and an engineer’s certification.

Certifications for Plans

Construction Certification

Upon completion of a project, the owner must file a construction certification form with the Department.

Construction Certification

Plans for Farm Ponds Constructed Before 2005

For farm pond dams constructed before September 4, 2005 and not previously approved, this two page form - to be completed by an engineer - may be submitted as plans.

Plans for Farm Ponds Constructed Before 2005

Permit to Impound Water

If the reservoir will impound more than 15 acre-feet below the lowest open overflow, a Permit to Impound Water is required. See Surface Water for more information.

Permit to Impound Water

Need further information?

Contact the Division

Get email & text updates.

Sign Up