The Dam Safety Program regulates the construction, operation and maintenance of Montana's dams to protect life and property from damages due to failure. The dam safety program also provides training and outreach to dam owners and engineers and assists with emergency preparedness activities.
News and Announcements
Dam Specification Review Tool Finalized! Version 1.0 now available.
Specifications – always a challenge to review and write, especially for dam construction projects. To assist engineers that review and write dam specifications, AECOM, out of Denver Colorado developed the Dam Specification Review Tool version 1.0. The tool was developed in Microsoft Excel 2010 and contains indexed worksheets that pertain to major parts of a dam construction project, including general requirements, earthwork, drainage pipe, concrete and water control. Each worksheet systematically reminds users of important things that need to be considered through a series of targeted questions. The Tool addresses the most commonly used dam construction topics. Flexibility is provided through the addition of worksheets that can be tailored for a specific project or agency requirements.
This project was funded by the National Dam Safety Act Assistance to States Grant awarded to Montana. Version 1.0 has incorporated comments provided during the Beta test.
Download Dam Specifications Review Tool Here (Excel File)
Montana Extreme Storm Working Group Report
In 2016, the Montana Dam Safety Program assembled a group of experts to evaluate our methodology for determining the inflow design flood for dam spillway analysis in MT. This report summarizes the groups finding and recommendations.
Montana Extreme Storm Working Group Summary Report (December 2016)
- *NEW* Dam Owner Digital Record Filing (Great West, 2016)
- New Research: Stress Analysis of Soils Adjacent to Outlet Conduits on Small Dams
- Dam Owner Emergency Intervention Toolbox (Gannett Fleming, 2016)
- Liability of Dam Ownership in Montana
- Funding Examples of Major Dam and Canal Infrastructure Projects in Montana - Great West Engineering
*NEW* Vol. 4 Issue 2 – Dam, You're Getting Old! - Understanding and Managing the Risks of Aging Dams, Retrofitting Old Dams to Address New Hydrologic Inadequacies, Internal Erosion: Issues Just Below the Surface
- Contact Dam Safety
DNRC Water Resources
1424 9th Avenue
PO Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
Steve Story, PE, CFM
Michele Lemieux, PE
Dam Safety Program Manager / Civil Engineer
EAP Coordinator /
Dam Safety Outreach
Civil Engineering Specialist
Helena Regional Office
Havre Regional Office
Sam Johnson, EI
Billings Regional Office
Larry Schock, CFM
Missoula Regional Office
Marc Pitman, PE CFM
Kalispell Regional Engineering Specialist
Sterling Sundheim, CFM
Lewistown Regional Office