Dam Safety (Delaware)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Delaware

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

Start Date 2004

Program Administrator Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Primary Website http://delcode.delaware.gov/title7/c042/index.shtml

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/december2009/final/13%20DE%20Reg%20854%2012-01-09.htm#P35_5216


The Delaware Dam Safety Law was adopted in 2004 and provides the framework for proper design, construction, operation, maintenance, and inspection of dams in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare. The law requires licensing, inspections and preparation of emergency action plans (EAPs) for publicly owned dams with a high or significant hazard potential. A dam’s hazard potential classification depends upon the threat to downstream communities and infrastructure in the event of a dam failure and is not related to the condition of a dam.

The Delaware Dam Safety Program was developed to reduce the risk of failure of dams and to prevent injuries to persons, damage to downstream property and loss of reservoir storage. The Dam Safety Regulations, adopted on December 11, 2009, establish requirements for licensing existing dams; permitting construction of new dams and repairs to existing dams; conducting inspections; performing maintenance; and preparing EAPs. In 2007, DNREC was awarded state funding to develop Emergency Action Plans for Delaware’s highest priority, state-owned, high-hazard dams.

Policy Contact

Contact Name David R. Twing, P.E.
Department Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Division Division of Watershed Stewardship

Phone 302-834-5557
Phone 2 302-739-9921
Email david.twing@state.de.us
Website http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/Drainage/Pages/DamSafety.aspx

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Title 7

Authority 2 Chapter 42