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

On March 6, 2018, the Water Structures Program at the Division of Water Resources hosted the Dam Safety conference to increase stakeholder knowledge of dam safety and state regulations. View summaries of the presentations, including:
Kansas Water Vision
Plans & Specifications
National Levee Inventory and Review
Levee Safety Overview
Dam Rehabilitation Alternatives
2D Modeling
Construction Inspections
Woodson State Fishing Lake Auxiliary Spillway Modeling