Dam Safety at the Federal Level

Our Community: Federal Agencies

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:

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:

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