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Ohio Dam Safety Program


Rodney Tornes, P.E.
OH Department of Natural Resources
Division of Water
2045 Morse Road, Building B-2
Columbus, OH 43229-6693
Tel: 614/265-6737
Fax: 614/447-9503

Mark Bruce
ODNR Office of Communications

John Wisse
Public Outreach Coordinator
ODNR Office of Communications

State Program Statistics

NOTE: Hazard Rating refers to consequences of a dam's failure, not the condition of the dam.

State-regulated dams: 1508
    High hazard potential: 360
    Significant hazard potential: 536
    Low hazard potential: 612
State dam safety FTE's: 13
Total Budget:$1,396,418

State-regulated dams: 1535
    High hazard potential: 366
    Significant hazard potential: 550
    Low hazard potential: 619
State dam safety FTE's: 14
Total Budget:$1,574,295157429 

State-regulated dams: 1597
    High hazard potential: 375
    Significant hazard potential: 543
    Low hazard potential: 679
State dam safety FTE's: 11.5
Total Budget: $1,353,500

State-regulated dams: 1672
    High hazard potential: 411
    Significant hazard potential: 559
    Low hazard potential: 702
State dam safety FTE's: 12.5

State-regulated dams: 2,709
Dams in National Inventory of Dams: 1,727
State dam safety FTEs: 11.5 

FTE = full time equivalent personnel  

2013 National Inventory of Dams*

*The NID includes dams more than 25' in height or storing more than 50 acre-ft, or classified as HH or SH potential. 


State Dam Loan/Grant Funding Program  

Ohio has a funding program to assist dam owners with repair, abandonment, or removal of dams.

The Ohio Water Development Authority has two low-interest loan programs for the repair or removal of existing dams. The Dam Safety Loan Program offers loans to local governments, and the Dam Safety Linked Deposit Program offers low-interest loans to private dam owners. To be eligible for these programs, the dam owner must have plans for repair or removal of the dam approved by the Division of Water and they must qualify based on their ability to repay the loan. The Linked Deposit Program is offered through private banks.


Reports & Summaries

Ohio Program Performance Report




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