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Dam Safety

Unless specifically excluded, all dams in Virginia are regulated. More than 2,900 dams are regulated here.

DCR's dam safety staff works to ensure that dams are properly and safely designed, built, operated and maintained. Dams in Virginia are classified according to their hazard potential - high, significant or low. Classification of a dam can change depending on how the dam's failure may lead to the loss of life and property downstream.

Dam Safety News

Floodplain Management

Floods are the most common natural disaster. Each year, about 200 Americans die because of floods, and flood damage throughout the nation exceeds $3 billion.

In 1987, after several disastrous floods and coastal storms, Virginia's floodplain management programs were transferred from the Water Control Board to DCR. In particular, DCR manages coordination of the National Flood Insurance Program and works with localities to establish and enforce floodplain zoning.

Floodplain Management News

  • DCR and FEMA will hold two sessions of the FEMA Course L273: Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • DCR will host one course with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg from January 25th through the 28th and another with the City of Winchester from February 22nd to the 25th.
    • See our training page for a description of the course and a registration form.
  • A new draft Model Floodplain Ordinance is ready. It has recommended higher standards for flood protection and up-to-date FEMA requirements.