Dam Safety Guidelines
Dam Safety Guidelines, published by CDA in 2007, has become an important reference document for dam safety in Canada and internationally. Available in both English and French, the Guidelines consist of principles that are applicable to all dams, and an outline of processes and criteria for management of dam safety in accordance with the principles.
The responsible dam engineer or decision-maker must assess and interpret the information provided in Dam Safety Guidelines, identify any considerations not addressed by those documents, take into account advances in understanding, and determine the appropriate dam safety requirements for a specific situation.
In October 2013, a revision to Sections 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 was released to CDA members as a downloadable document on the Dam Safety Committee page under the TECHNICAL tab at the top. In the 2013 revision, CDA clarifies its endorsement of the use of a risk-informed approach to dam safety decisions.
The printed publication Dam Safety Guidelines 2007 (Revised 2013) will include the new sections 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3, and will be available for purchase at SHOP CDA, by early 2014.