Dams and Dam Safety


Dam statutes and rules

Statutes

dams subject to regulationsMinnesota Statutes, Section 103G.515, authorize the DNR to inspect dams and issue orders directing dam owners to make necessary repairs. The same section directs the DNR to adopt rules governing dam safety. The specific rules governing Minnesota's Dam Safety Program are parts 6115.0300 through 6115.0520 defining which dams are subject to state jurisdiction and establishing three dam hazard classes.

Rules

State dam safety rules do not apply to dams that are so low (six feet high or less) or retain so little water (15 acre-feet or less) that they don't pose a threat to public safety or property (note that Public Water Rules may still apply). See figure above or enlarged version This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.). Some larger dams may also be exempt if there is no potential for loss of life due to failure or improper operation.

6115.0300 PURPOSE AND STATUTORY AUTHORITY.
6115.0310 SCOPE.
6115.0320 DEFINITIONS.
6115.0330 SEVERABILITY.
6115.0340 CLASSIFICATION OF DAMS.
6115.0350 GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR ALTERATION, REPAIR, OR REMOVAL OF A DAM.
6115.0360 INSPECTIONS.
6115.0370 TRANSFER OF DAM OWNERSHIP.
6115.0380 OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE.
6115.0390 TERMINATION OF OPERATIONS AND PERPETUAL MAINTENANCE.
6115.0400 REPORTS TO LEGISLATURE ON PUBLICLY OWNED DAMS.
6115.0410 NEW DAMS OR ENLARGEMENTS.
6115.0420 LEGAL CLAIMS.
6115.0430 LIABILITY OF OWNER AND PERMITTEE.
6115.0440 OWNER'S RIGHTS.
6115.0450 INSPECTIONS.
6115.0460 COMPLIANCE WITH OTHER LAWS.
6115.0470 ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY.
6115.0480 ASSIGNMENT OF PERMITS.
6115.0490 WARNING SYSTEMS AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.
6115.0500 PERMIT AND HEARING PROCEDURES.
6115.0510 REQUIRED INFORMATION AND WAIVERS.
6115.0520 INSPECTION FEES.