Dam Safety Quarterly - January 2023

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January 2023

FREE Low Hazard Dam Inspections


The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) offers free inspections for low hazard-potential dams which includes an on-site inspection, full inspection report, and a breach inundation map. Dam owners benefit from this program because state law requires them to complete a dam inspection every five years. Dam owners can also take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the inspection and maintenance techniques to prolong the life of their dam and manage their liabilities as dam owners.

For more information, contact Emma Moradi at (405) 530-8800 or emma.moradi@owrb.ok.gov.

Planning to Construct?

If you are planning to newly construct, repair, or modify a dam, a permit with the OWRB is required prior to the start of any work. Pursuant to Title 785:25-5-1, an application form, fee, maps, engineering plans, drawings, and specifications are required to be submitted to the OWRB for Board Approval. Application forms can be found here.


Pursuant to Title 785:25-7-6 and 785:25-7-8, submission of a Notice of Completion of Works, along with a set of 11x17" as-built plans are required after construction is completed and prior to any water being impounded. The Notice of Completion of Works form can be found here.

Please contact the OWRB for assistance at (405) 530-8800 if you are planning to do any dam construction, repairs, or modifications.

Upcoming ASDSO Trainings

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials offers a variety of trainings. Here is a list of upcoming courses for this quarter:

Event Title: Event Type: Date:
Inspection & Assessment of Dams Virtual Seminar 01/31/2023
Rock Grouting Principles for New and Remedial Dam Projects Webinar 02/14/2023
HEC-HMS Virtual Seminar 02/28/2023
Exploring Dam Breach Parameters: Observed and Modeled Webinar 03/14/2023

For more information about the courses, registration, and pricing, you can visit the full ASDSO Training Calendar.