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​Dam Safety and Emergency Action Planning

The Army Corps of Engineers requires the owners of all dams (no matter what their use) to conduct periodic inspections of the dam and to develop an emergency action plan to provide for the safety of people and property that might be flooded should the dam fail.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in conjunction with the PEMA, administer the program.

DEP reviews inspection reports and makes recommendations for maintenance. DEP also periodically reviews the Emergency Action Plan.
In addition, PEMA and the county EMA will review the plan for operational effectiveness.  All high-hazard dam plans are required to be created in CEM Planner.