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Division of Safety of Dams
Department of Water Resources

Street Address:
2200 X Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95818

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Telephone #: (916) 227-4644

E-Mail General Information:

The California Division of Safety of Dams conducts independent analysis during its safety review of existing and proposed dams. The extent of these analyses varies from project to project and depends upon a dam’s criticality and/or site conditions.

The techniques and basis for the Division’s independent analysis are derived from in-house analyses and studies of performance of dams and their appurtenant structures under observed and/or measured loads. Additionally, data associated with these loads as well as strength characteristics of materials are examined.

The following links provide technical information on studies by Division staff in the following categories:



Seismic Hazard

Seismic Stability

Monitoring Dam Performance

Guidelines for Small Dams