Latest News on Relevant Federal Legislation & Policy

Watch this page for updates on changes to federal or state legislation, regulations or policies that affect the dam safety community.


Recent Updates

The National Dam Safety Act
Status - April 2018: Advocacy efforts are underway to see the National Dam Safety Program Act reauthorized as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2018.

The National Dam Safety Program Act of 2014 (NDSPA), was reauthorized in May of 2014 as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).

Read the text of the National Dam Safety Act - (2014 version as it is viewed in context with the 1996, 2002 and 2006 language).

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This modest yet vital program (app. $13 million total) enables the states to improve their dam safety programs, which translates into reduced risks to life and property. The NDSPA provides training; technical assistance; research funding; public awareness; and support to states through incentive grant awards that encourage states to improve their programs. No funds under this act may be used to repair any dams. The funds are targeted to support states and to advance the national effort to improve dam safety.

The National Dam Rehabilitation Program
Status - April 2018: Although this new grant program was authorized in 2016, Congress has not appropriated any funding to launch it. Advocacy efforts are underway to ask Congress to fully fund this program in Federal Fiscal Year 2019. 

The National Dam Rehabilitation Act was signed into law in late 2016 as Section 3004 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements to the Nation Act (WIIN 2016).

Read the text of the National Dam Rehabiltation Act

Levee Safety Legislation
Status - 2018: Advocacy efforts are underway to see the National Levee Safety Program reauthorized as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2018.

2014 - WRRDA 2014 includes language to start a "levee safety initiative."  

2007 - The National Levee Safety Program is promulgated within the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, which was signed into law in November 2007.

The Small Watershed Dam Rehabilitation Program
2014 - Appropriations were approved to maintain funding for this program. Funding provides matching grants to watershed districts to rehabilitate their dams.
For more information about this program go to

The National Watershed Coalition (of which ASDSO is a member) and ASDSO advocate for full funding for the Small Watershed Programs.

Contact Dan Sebert at NWC for more information:
Dan A. Sebert, Ph.D., CEO-Executive Director, National Watershed Coalition, 1023 Manvel, Suite D, P.O. Box 556, Chandler, OK 74834, 405.627.0670,;

The National Inventory of Dams
The US Army Corps of Engineers administers the National Inventory of Dams (NID), a database of general information on US regulated dams. The Corps' authorized funding level for this program is $500,000 a year. Current administration funding levels are considerably lower than this.
Currently: ASDSO supports full funding for this program.

USGS Streamgage Program
This program is underfunded routinely within the Department of Interior, US Geological Survey's budget. ASDSO supports the continuation and adequate funding to maintain U.S. streamgages. 

Read more at:
USGS National Streamflow Information Program
Interstate Council on Water Policy

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