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Overview of the Kansas City District Dam Safety Program

Dam Safety Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Dam Safety Program uses a risk-informed approach to manage its portfolio of 694 dams, with public safety the number one priority. This robust risk-informed approach is a best practice adopted to develop balanced and informed assessments of the safety of our dams and to evaluate, prioritize and justify dam safety decisions.

Critical to an effective safety program is, of course, the focus on public safety, but it also requires continuous and periodic project inspections and evaluations. The Dam Safety Program seeks to ensure that USACE owned and operated dams do not present unacceptable risks to people, property, or the environment, with the emphasis on people.

USACE has learned a great deal about its dams through an initial screening of its portfolio. More importantly, however, are the lessons we learn about how to continually adjust and fine tune the program.

A tabletop exercise for Truman Dam and the communities that surround and are downstream from the lake took place at Truman Lake September 29, 2021. Representative from several local and regional emergency management agencies joined USACE to practice scenarios and coordinate communication priorities.
The highest priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Program is life safety. In the Corps of Engineers Kansas City District, we inspect our dams daily to assess performance conditions. The District also completes operation and maintenance repairs to ensure that the dams operate in accordance with design to provide all authorized purposes. We periodically meet with local emergency managers located downstream of District dams to exercise our emergency preparedness plans to have robust plans in place to protect life.

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Dam Safety Program Manager

Phone: 816-389-3831

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