Kansas Dam Safety Program

The goal of the Dam Safety Program in the Division of Water Resources is to reduce risks to life and property from dam failure. This goal is addressed through review and approval of plans for constructing new dams and for modifying existing dams, ensuring quality control during construction, and monitoring dams that, if they failed, could cause loss of life, or interrupt public utilities or services.

To meet its obligation to protect people and property, DWR regulates the construction, operation, and maintenance of all dams or other water obstructions, with the exception of federal reservoirs. 

If you notice anything unusual that may have an impact on the safety of a dam, please contact DWR. 

2018 Kansas Department of Agriculture Dam Safety Conference

The Dam Safety Program within the Division of Water Resources at the Kansas Department of Agriculture invites you to the 2018 Kansas Dam Safety Conference on March 6 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Manhattan.  Cost to attend is $60 per person.  Conference registration fee covers speakers, a hot breakfast, lunch, refreshments during breaks and professional development hours.

The objective of this conference is to educate attendees on regulations, technical topics, public safety, and issues affecting water structures in the state.  A major focus is to bring public awareness to the possible risks of lives, property and the environment from dam failure. This conference will encourage the implementation of site investigation, design, construction, operation, maintenance and emergency preparedness for dam owners, licensed engineers and agency officials.

Registration is limited to 200 attendees.  Registration will close when the limit is met, therefore, please do not wait to register. 

The Kansas Department of Agriculture looks forward to having you join us at the 2018 Dam Safety Conference on March 6.

The agenda and link to register are found here.