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Maintenance Manual

Our maintenance manual is sent out to dam owners after each inspection. It lists some of the common problems with dams and how to fix them. Also, see Common Problems at Dams.

Inspection and Maintenance of your Earthen Dam

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Responsibility and Liability

If you own a dam, you may be responsible for damages that result form failure of your dam. Knowing the risks can help you better manage your dam.

Dam Ownership Responsibility and Liability

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Procuring the Services of a Professional Engineer

Some maintenance issues can be resolved on your own. For others, you will need to enlist the services of a Professional Engineer.

Procuring the Services of a Professional Engineer

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Internal Erosion of Earth Dams

Not all erosion associated with dams is visible. Sometime a dam can erode from the inside out. Use this guide to help you determine if you have a problem.

Internal Erosion of Earth Dams

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Plant Impacts on Earthen Dams (FEMA L263)

Grass is good for dams, but other types of plants may not be as helpful. Use this guide to learn about the effects some plants have on dams.

Plant Impacts on Earthen Dams (FEMA L263)

Dam owner's guide to animal impacts on earthen dams

Animal Impacts on Earthen Dams (FEMA-L266)

Animals like to make dams their home. Use this guide to learn why that’s not always the best idea.

Animal Impacts on Earthen Dams (FEMA-L266)

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Conduits Through Earthen Dams (FEMA L266)

Conduits will not last forever. For information on what to look for when looking at your conduit, click on this guide.

Conduits Through Earthen Dams (FEMA L266)

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Example of Dam Inspection Form

An example of a dam inspection form used by department personnel. Use this form to conduct routine inspections of your dam.

Example of Dam Inspection Form

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Examples of Approved Trash Racks

Trash racks should be designed so large debris will not get caught in the pipe, but small debris will not get stuck on the trash rack and restrict flow. Use this guide to see which design fits your situation.

Examples of Approved Trash Racks

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Dam Owner Toolbox

Additional information for dam owners is also available at damowner.org

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