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DNR to host a series of dam safety webinars

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DES MOINES - In May, the DNR’s Dam Safety program will host four free webinars covering how dams work, how to design and maintain a dam, and more.

“These webinars will be helpful to those thinking of building a dam or pond, those that currently own one or are caretakers of a dam, as well as emergency managers and dam engineering consultants,” said Jonathan Garton with the DNR’s Dam Safety program.

All webinars will begin at noon and last about 2 hours. The schedule is as follows:

May 6: Dams 101 and DNR Dam Safety Program 
Learn about how dams work, what are the critical parts and features, and how they are regulated in Iowa.  

May 13: How Dams Fail and How to Properly Maintain Your Dam
Learn about common ways that dams fail and how proper maintenance can reduce the risk of failure. 

May 20:  Dam Ownership, When and How to Hire an Engineer  
When do you need to call in an expert?  We’ll discuss when and how to find and hire qualified engineers to help with repairs and design of dams.   

May 27: Dam Design and Permitting
This webinar will go into technical engineering design requirements and what’s needed to obtain a permit. We will also discuss upcoming changes to Iowa’s dam safety administrative rules.  

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