Technical Manual for Dam Owners - Impact of Animals on Earthen Dams

Credit: 10 PDH or CE Hours
Course Fee: $120.00
Pages: 122

Course Summary

In 1999, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) jointly conducted research and a workshop to shed light on the national problem of animal intrusion damage to earthen dams and the resulting safety issues. The FEMA/ASDSO survey and workshop united dam owners, engineers, state and federal regulators, wildlife managers, foresters, and academia to form an educated and experi¬¨enced front against the growing problem of earthen dam damage and failures due to animal intrusion. The infor¬¨mation generated by roundtable discussions and survey answers indicates that while most states recognize animal intrusion as a problem, only a handful know of guidance on dams and wildlife management practices available to the dam professionals and owners. Based on input from the dam communities, FEMA/ASDSO’s mission to develop a guidance manual on the proper management of nuisance wildlife in the earthen dam environment became clear.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to Radio-Frequency Communications
  • Introduction and Purpose of Manual
  • Impacts of Wildlife on Earthen Dams
  • Dam Inspection From Two Perspectives: Engineering Function and Biological Potential
  • Overview and Identification of Nuisance Wildlife
  • Dam Repair and Intrusion Prevention Through Design
  • Mitigating Damaging Wildlife
  • Fiscal Considerations for Managing Animal Damage on Earthen Dams

Course Author

Federal Emergency Management Agency

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