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 West Virginia Dam Safety Program

Contact

Brian Long
Section Manager
WV Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water and Waste Management
Dam Safety Section
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, West Virginia  25304-2345
Tel: 304/926-0499 ext. 1005
Fax: 304/926-0477

 

 

State Program Statistics 

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

2012
State-regulated dams: 360
   High hazard potential: 257
   Significant hazard potential: 79
   Low hazard potential: 24
State dam safety FTE's: 6
Total Budget: $624,729

2011
State-regulated dams: 363
   High hazard potential: 257
   Significant hazard potential: 81
   Low hazard potential: 25
State dam safety FTE's: 6
Total Budget: $624,729   

2010
State-regulated dams: 362
   High hazard potential: 255
   Significant hazard potential: 81
   Low hazard potential: 26
State dam safety FTE's: 6
Total Budget: $607,903 

2008
State-regulated dams: 355
    High hazard potential: 253
    Significant hazard potential: 80
    Low hazard potential: 22
State dam safety FTE's: 6
Total Budget: $524,181

2006 
State-regulated dams: 341
    High hazard potential: 245
    Significant hazard potential: 78
    Low hazard potential: 18 
State dam safety FTE's: 6
Total Budget: $465,773

2005
State-regulated dams: 359
    High hazard potential: 267
    Significant hazard potential: 75
    Low hazard potential: 17 
State dam safety FTE's: 6

View a 2005 fact sheet for the West Virginia dam safety program

2001 
State-regulated dams: 350
Dams in National Inventory of Dams: 537
State dam safety FTEs: 6 

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  

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

The 2007 legislature passed bill to create revolving loan fund for deficient dams. Deficient dam means a noncoal-related dam that exhibits one or more design, maintenance, or operational
problems that may adversely affect the performance of the dam over a period of time or during a major storm or other inclement weather that may cause loss of life or property; or a noncoal-related dam that otherwise fails to meet the requirements of this article. To date, program is not operational.

 

Reports & Summaries

West Virginia Program Performance Report

How Has West Virginia Used National Dam Safety Program Grants to Improve Dam Safety?

2009 - West Virginia Fly Ash Dam/Landfill Condition Evaluation, November 2009

View a summary of West Virginia's dam safety laws and regulations - from Summary of State Laws and Regulations on Dam Safety (Association of State Dam Safety Officials, July 2000) 

 

 

 

   

 

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