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Dam Safety Inspection Requirements

Inspections are essential to identify problems and provide safe maintenance of a dam

Owners of dams are required to hire a qualified engineer to inspect and report results every 2 years for High Hazard Potential dams, every 5 years for Significant Hazard Potential dams and every 10 years for Low Hazard Potential dams.

Phase 1 Formal Dam Safety Inspection Information for Dam Owners

The following documents are to be used as editable templates that when completed in conformance with the guidelines presented will compose final Phase I Formal Dam Safety Inspections in compliant format.

If you have questions about Phase I Formal Dam Safety Inspection Report requirements please contact Tom Famulari at the Office of Dam Safety at 617-626-1367.

Dam Safety Inspection Template: Guidelines are included within the template for both conducting field inspections and preparing reports.

Inspection Checklist:: This checklist may be used in the field as a data collection guide to record inspection data and findings. The completed checklist is to be comprised of the data collected in the field transferred carefully into the excel spreadsheet at this link.  Each page of the checklist is to be inserted into the Phase I Dam Safety Inspection report in Appendix B. Sections of the checklist that are not applicable to the type of dam being inspection are to be noted as Not Applicable to this Structure.   Please note the checklist spreadsheet at this link has been revised to include the Dam Evaluation Summary Detail Sheet which is automatically populated with data as data is input into the various pages (worksheets) of the Inspection Checklist spreadsheet.
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Sample Phase I Formal Dam Inspection Report:  This document is provided for information to demonstrate the required level of detail and format for presenting inspection findings to both the dam owner and the Office of Dam Safety that are compliant with Dam Safety Regulations.

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Poor and Unsafe Condition Dam Follow-up Inspection

Complete this inspection form and provide a cover letter on consulting firm letterhead that briefly summarizes the current follow-up inspection and findings. The cover letter shall be signed and stamped by the Registered Professional Engineer in charge of the inspection)

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