Dam Safety

Purpose

To provide fo​r the comprehensive regulation and supervision of dams for the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Arkansas. To assure proper planning, design, construction, maintenance, monitoring, and supervision of dams, including such preventative measures necessary to provide and adequate margin of safety.

Authority

Subchapter 2 of Chapter 22 of Title 15 of the Arkansas Code of 1987, as amended, authorizes the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to develop and enforce rules and regulations governing the design and operation of dams in the State.

Jurisdiction

All dams with height of 25 or more feet and containing 50 acre-feet or more of storage at normal pool must have a valid construction and operation permit from the Commission, unless they are owned by the United States Government. If smaller dams pose a threat to life or property, they may also require regulation by the State based on petition by downstream landowners and results of public hearings.

Duties of the Dam Safety Section include

  • Reviewing applications for permits to assure proper safety standards are met
  • Issuing permits to construct and operate dams in the State
  • Inspecting dams under State jurisdiction
  • Providing information and education to dam owners and the public
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of emergency action plans for high hazard dams
  • Responding to dam emergencies
  • Maintaining a database and files on dams in the State
  • Collecting annual permit fees (handled through the Financial Affairs Office)

Forms

Publications:

For more information contact:
Ryan Brooks, Hydrologic Engineer
101 East Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-6766 Fax: (501) 682-3991
Email: ryan.brooks@arkansas.gov