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Georgia Safe Dams Act of 1978 (Georgia)

Eligibility 
Agricultural
Commercial
Construction
Developer
Fed. Government
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Institutional
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Municipal/Public Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State/Provincial Govt
Systems Integrator
Transportation
Tribal Government
Utility
Program Info
State 
Georgia
Program Type 
Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Provider 
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The purpose of the Georgia Safe Dams Act is to provide regulation, inspection and permitting of dams to the State. The Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is responsible for ensuring that a competent engineer designs all dams, approving plans for inspection and maintenance, and otherwise monitoring the condition of dams. It requires that anyone wishing to construct a dam must obtain a permit from the EPD; permission to remove a dam is also required. Dams receiving federal funds or under federal regulation are exempt. Artificial barriers less than 6 feet high are also exempt. Dams are classified into two categories. Category I is where improper operation or dam failure would probably cause loss of human life. Category II is where dam failure would be unlikely to cause deaths. Category I dams are monitored more closely by EPD.