Public Hearing for New Dam Safety Enforcement Regulations


The Department of Water Resources (Department), Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) implements the regulatory program established in Part of 1 of Division 3 of the Water Code. To implement this program, the Department has adopted regulations that govern several aspects of the program, including construction and enlargement of dams, inundation map requirements, and fees. These statutes and the Department’s regulations comprise what is commonly referred to as the Dam Safety Program. To address violations of the Dam Safety Program requirements, the Department proposes to adopt regulations that will govern its administrative enforcement procedures and its assessment of administrative civil penalties. The Department also proposes to adopt a regulation that will, interpret, clarify, and reinforce the Department’s information-request process to gather information from dam owners and suspected dam owners.

The Department will hold a hearing on the recently proposed enforcement regulations. The hearing will commence at 10:00 a.m. and conclude after the last speaker has been heard. Attendees, especially those intending to provide oral comments at the hearing, are encouraged to access the remote public hearing no later than 10:00 a.m. in the event few or no commenters testify and/or the testimony that is given is brief. Attendees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the remote instructions.