The core purpose of the Ohio Dam Safety Program is to ensure human life, health & property are protected from dam failures.
Dams and levees provide the citizens of Ohio with essential benefits such as water supply, flood control, recreation and irrigation. While dams have multiple benefits, they also represent a risk to public safety and economic infrastructure if they are not properly maintained. Each year Dam Safety engineers and staff conduct more than 300 detailed inspections of dams on a five-year schedule. These inspections are completed along major watersheds to gain field efficiencies and to inter-relate hydrology of dams in a watershed. Reports detailing necessary repair and maintenance are then provided to the owner. Dam Safety then seeks compliance as necessary for any deficiencies noted.