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Engineering > Dam Engineering & Management

Dam Engineering and Management


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There are 1,745 dams (excluding mine tailing dams) on Forest Service (FS) lands that meet the requirements of the National Inventory of Dams. The Forest Service owns and operates 499 of these dams. The remainder are non FS owned dams owned and operated under Special Use Permit or other authorities.
 

Saddle Lake Dam (Hoosier NF)
Dam Length: 1,200 feet long   Dam Height: 50 feet tall
Dam Material: Earthen embankment with Roller Compacted Concrete spillway
Project Complete: October 2000   Final Construction: $1,235,427.31

Photo of Saddle Back Dam (Hoosier NF), view from county road.

The FS owns a variety of dam types, including concrete arch, concrete gravity, timber crib, and even steel. However, embankment dams made of either earth or rock fill constitute more than 80 percent of the FS owned dams. While the FS has several dams higher than 100 feet in height, 90 percent of the dams are equal to or less than 50 feet in height. Eighty percent have normal reservoir storage less than 500 acre feet. Recreation, wildlife, and fire are the primary purposes for the dams. Over half of FS owned dams are more than 50 years old.
Non FS owned dams are owned and operated by other Federal, State, and local government agencies, public utilities, and private parties. Ninety percent of these are located west of the Mississippi River. Irrigation, hydroelectricity, and water supply are the primary purposes for these dams. Roughly 70 percent of the non FS owned dams are more than 50 years old.
Point of Contact
Office Name Email Phone
WO Cliff Denning cdenning@fs.fed.us (414) 297-3305
R1/R4 Kevin Bourne kwbourne@fs.fed.us (801) 625-5227
R2/R3 Atiq Syed asyed@fs.fed.us (505) 842-3854
R5 Stephen Romero stephenromero@fs.fed.us (530) 226-2326
R6/R10 Rene’ Renteria rrenteria@fs.fed.us (503) 808-2503
R8 Martin McCann mmccann@fs.fed.us (404) 347-2459
R9 Sue Peterson speterson@fs.fed.us (812) 276-4765
T & D Scott Groenier jgroenier@fs.fed.us (406) 329-4719

Forest Service dams are included in the National Inventory of Dams, maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.



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