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Alaska Dam Safety Program

The Alaska Dam Safety Program is administered as a cooperative effort between the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) and the various persons, businesses, agencies, and other interests that are involved in the design, construction, and operation of dams. To foster cooperation, communication between these parties must be effective and efficient.

Communication is the key to the safety of dams. Design drawings, operation and maintenance manuals, inspection reports, emergency action plans, and other documents are simply methods of communicating important information directly related to the safe design, construction, and operation of dams. Because dams are typically complex, unique, engineered structures with a long service life, the specific nature of this communication will be similarly complex and unique, and will occur during a long period of time.

By anticipating the scope of the communication, all of the entities involved will better understand the level of commitment necessary to accomplish the objectives of a particular project. Safe dams are the ultimate objectives of the Alaska Dam Safety Program. If cooperative relationships can be established between all of the parties involved, the entire community will benefit.

To learn more about the Alaska Dam Safety Program, review the New Draft Revision Guidelines for Cooperation with the Alaska Dam Safety Program. (PDF)

For more information or to submit applications for the construction, modification, repair, removal or abandonment of dams, contact:
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Division of Mining, Land & Water
  • Dam Safety and Construction Unit
  • 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1020
  • Anchorage, AK 99501-3577
  • Phone: (907) 269-8636
  • Fax: (907) 269-8947
  • E-mail: Charles Cobb, Dam Safety Engineer
Related Links
Alaska Dam Safety Program Forms
 Mission Statement

The mission of the Alaska Dam Safety Program is to protect life and property in Alaska through the effective collection, evaluation, understanding and sharing of the information necessary to identify, estimate and mitigate the risks created by dams.