The Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS) has prepared and approved the following federal guidelines for federal agency dam owners and regulators.
These guidelines may also be used by non-federal dam owners, regulators and operators. You can also email a request to [email protected]
To obtain available information and for technical assistance please contact the office in writing, by phone or email. Manual: "Emergency Action Planning for Dam Owners". Manual: "Design Guidelines for Flood Damage Reduction". CD: "Conduits for Embankment Dams (Best Practices)". We use your feedback to help us improve this site but we are not able to respond directly.
Manual: "Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams".
Chapter 4 Embankment Dams (Revised Draft Version) The Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, Office of Energy Projects, has provided more detail and has included additional practical dam safety information as well as information on dam safety experiences in Chapter IV, Embankment Dams of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Energy Projects, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections Dam Safety Engineering Guidelines.
The selected analysis method may range from straightforward to complex, depending on the potential failure mode being analyzed. John Lowe, III: Filters and Sinkholes and Rapid Drawdown Stability (FEMA P-719DVD) Dr. Mitchell: Ground Improvement for Dam Safety (FEMA P-720DVD) Dr. ASDSO offers them for state use during the approval process.This knowledge of precedent on what has worked and not worked is an important consideration to use in embankment dam design and inspection.