Federal agency representatives make up about 16% of the ASDSO membership. About 14% of dams in the USA are owned or regulated by federal agencies.
Descriptions of federal agencies working in dam safety
The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency does not own or regulate dams but administers the National Dam Safety Program, which coordinates all federal dam safety programs and assists states in improving their dam safety regulatory programs.
The Department of Homeland Security, Infrastructure Protection leads a coordinated national program to reduce risks to the nation's critical infrastructure, including dams, posed by acts of terrorism.
Federal agencies involved with dam safety, either as owners and/or regulators, include the following:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agriculture Research Service
Department of Defense
Army Corps of Engineers
- Engineer Research and Development Center
- Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC)
Department of the Interior (DOI Home Page)
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Fish & Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Office of Surface Mining
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Mine Safety and Health Administration
International Boundary and Water Commission (U.S. Section)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Tennessee Valley Authority
Together the agencies listed above make up the Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS), overseen by FEMA as head of the National Dam Safety Program.
Other federal agencies that stay involved with ASDSO and the dam safety community:
NOAA, National Weather Service
U.S. Geological Survey