Changes in California dam safety regulations

November 7, 2017

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By Rahul Ranade:

In a previous article posted in July 2017, we reported on the new dam safety regime in California brought about by the passage of Senate Bill 92. This piece of legislation was aimed at enhancing dam safety by requiring inundation maps and emergency action plans for jurisdictional dams, and by providing enforcement powers to the state’s Department of Water Resources.

Immediately after the passage of SB 92, DWR initiated the process of promulgating emergency regulations under the authority granted by the legislation. The new regulations prominently affect four areas of inundation mapping as prescribed in Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations: (a) hazard potential classification, (b) timing of updates, (c) technical study requirements and (d) map production requirements.

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