Dam Design and Construction (Wisconsin)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Wisconsin

Applies to States or Provinces Wisconsin
Name Dam Design and Construction (Wisconsin)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Safety and Operational Guidelines
Affected Technologies Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small)
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 1985

Program Administrator Wisconsin Department of Natural Resoures
Primary Website http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Dams/documents/nr333.pdf

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Dams/hydroElectric.html


These regulations apply to dams that are not owned by the U.S. government and (a) have a structural height of more than 6 feet and a maximum storage capacity of 50 acre–feet or more of water, (b) have a structural height of 25 feet or more and a maximum storage capacity of more than 15 acre–feet of water, or (c) have a structural height of 6 feet or less or a maximum storage capacity of less than 50 acre–feet of water if the department determines that the dam is likely to endanger life, health or property if it is not designed, constructed or reconstructed in accordance with this chapter. Dams are exempt from the requirements of these regulations if they meet requirements which are at least as restrictive. Prior to dam construction or reconstruction, hazard ratings must be assigned to the project and estimated costs must be calculated. Additionally, a professional engineer registered in the state of Wisconsin must prepare several documents, which must be submitted to and approved by the Department of Natural Resources prior to the start of the project. These documents include plans and specifications for the dam project, as well as hydraulic, hydrologic, and stability analyses.

Policy Contact

Department Department of Natural Resources
Division Dam Safety Program
Address WT/3
Address 2 101 South Webster Street
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53707–7921

Email dnrdamsafety@wisconsin.gov
Website http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Dams/hydroElectric.html