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Ohio Department of Natural ResourcesDivison of Soil and Water ResourcesDam Safety Report 2010Protecting Ohioans and maintaining critical infrastructure incooperation with owners of Ohio’s 1550 jurisdictional dams1


2Table ofContents23456810111212IntroductionFiscal Year 2010 SuccessesPeriodic Safety InspectionsCoal Ash ImpoundmentsDam Construction and RepairEmergency Action PlansLooking Ahead to FY 2011Focus for the FutureBudgetProgram Staff and PartnersMessage FromThe ChiefI am pleased to present this annual report of theactivities of the Dam Safety Engineering Programfor Fiscal Year 2010. This is the second Dam SafetyReport for Ohio and it shows that the programcontinues to make substantial progress towardour ultimate goal of public safety and criticalinfrastructure protection. The program faced newand continued challenges this year including acontinued emphasis on the inspection of coal ashimpoundments, implementation of a FEMA grantfundedproject for emergency preparedness andpublic outreach, a mandated five-year rule review, andincreases in dam safety fees. The program also tooksteps this year to assist dam owners by developingpilot changes in surety requirements for upgroundreservoirs, and facilitating a lower interest rate forloans for dam repairs, both of which could representsignificant cost savings for dam owners. Thisreport provides an overview of program goals andprogress made during the year and an analysis of theopportunities and challenges we face in the comingyear. We know that it takes time, effort, and money tomaintain dams and their Emergency Action Plans. Wesincerely appreciate the dedication of Ohio’s privateand public dam owners to this important cause.Div. of Soil and Water Resources2045 Morse Rd.Columbus, Ohio 43229(614) 265-6610dswr@dnr.state.oh.usCover: City of Columbus’ 85’ high Hoover Reservior Dam on BigWalnut Creek providing drinking water for over 535,000 peoplefrom a normal pool of over 60,000 acre-feet.IntroductionDam safety provides Ohio’s citizens with thedual values of protecting lives and propertydownstream of Ohio’s dams as well as the societalbenefits that would be lost due to dam failure suchas drinking water, flood control, recreation andirrigation.There are approximately 1550 jurisdictional damsin the state with a conservatively estimated valueover $1.6 billion. Among facts illustrating some ofthe benefits provided by these dams are:• Over three million Ohioans get their drinkingwater from surface water reservoirs impoundedby dams.• Flood control dams in the Miami ConservancyDistrict alone (one of nine flood control damowningconservancy districts in Ohio) provideflood protection benefits to approximately 54,000properties with a total county auditor’s assessedvalue over $5.8 billion in Miami, Montgomery,Warren, Butler, and Hamilton Counties.• In 2009 an estimated eleven million visitors tookadvantage of boating and swimming recreationopportunities on Ohio State Park lakes.The program protects lives and property and helpsto assure these essential societal benefits throughaccomplishment of the following goals:• emergency response and preparedness,• periodic safety inspections,• new dam and levee construction permits,• regulation of dam and levee repairs andimprovements,• regulatory enforcement, and• public information and education.The Ohio Administrative Code createsclassifications for jurisdictional dams based onsize of the dam and impoundment, and potentialdownstream hazard.• Class I – generally larger dams whose failurewould result in probable loss of life.• Class II – generally dams whose failure wouldresult in flooding of high-value property anddamage to public infrastructure such as watersupply and roads with no probable loss of life.• Class III – generally smaller dams whose failureimpacts are limited to rural buildings and localroads with no probable loss of life.• Class IV – dams less than 25 feet high thatimpound less than 50 acre-feet and whose failurewould be restricted to the dam itself and rurallands. Class IV dams are not actively regulated bythe division and owners do not pay an annual fee.


Periodic and Special SafetyInspections – Critical to damsafetyPeriodic inspection of existing dams continues to beone of the fundamental pillars of an effective safetyprogram. A dam, like any other part of our infrastructure,will change and deteriorate over time. Inspectionand monitoring of the dam identifies changing conditionsand problems as they develop. The Divisionof Soil and Water Resources has the responsibilityand authority under ORC 1521.062 to inspect existingdams and levees. The inspection process provides anoverview of the overall safety of the dam and also areview of the dam owner’s current dam safety program(operation and maintenance, emergency preparedness,etc.). The process identifies potential remediationneeds for both the structure and the owner’s safetyprocedures. Findings of the inspection are presentedto the dam owner in a written report detailing resultsof the inspection and required remedial measures.Focus on Coal AshImpoundment InspectionsContinuesThe program conducted additional inspections of coalash impoundments in FY 10. These efforts by the divisioncame about following the December 22, 2008 failureof an ash pond containment structure at the KingstonFossil Plant in Tennessee. The failure released 5.4million cubic yards of material and inundated severalhomes. In January 2009 the Dam Safety EngineeringProgram, along with Ohio Environmental ProtectionAgency, reviewed internal information regarding thesetypes of structures including databases, aerial photography,and inspection files.US EPA began inspecting coal ash impoundments inOhio in June 2009. Program staff inspected elevenstructures, provided reports and other information toUS EPA’s consultants, and participated in eleven ofthe consultants’ inspections in FY 10. In addition, theprogram conducted site visits at several additionalcoal-burning generation sites across Ohio to confirmdetailed information on existing impoundments. As aresult, four smaller impoundments were reclassifiedinto the program and inspected.None of the coal ash impoundment dams inspected aspart of this process were determined by the division orUSEPA’s consultants to be in unsatisfactory condition,an indication that they do not pose immediate safetythreats. The owners of the dams are addressing remedialissues identified by the inspections and severalrepair projects have been initiated.Inspection of Pine Hill Lake Dam in Warren County.Inspections by watersheds –more efficient and more effectiveThe program schedules periodic inspections on a fiveyearrotating watershed basis. The watershed schedulingplan was first implemented in 2007. Schedulingby watershed allows the program to be more efficientin field time and also more effective in reviewing theinterrelationships between dams in a watershed. Theprogram inspected dams in the following watershedsin FY 10.• St. Marys River• Little Miami River• Tuscarawas River• Great Miami River (Upper)• Wabash RiverWatersheds of Ohio showing those scheduled for inspection in theyears 07-08 through 10-11. All other watersheds will be schedulednext year.4


Dam Repairs, Modifications, andNew Construction - All Benefitfrom DSWR Review1 2Cardinal Plant Ash Pond Dam, Jefferson County being inspectedDams and levees are an integral part of our infrastructureand a properly designed and well-constructeddam or levee will provide its owner and the public withmany years of service. Section 1521.06 of the OhioRevised Code requires that any person or governmentagency desiring to construct a dam or levee first obtaina construction permit issued by the chief of the Divisionof Soil and Water Resources. The purpose of thislaw is to protect life, health and property from damagedue to failure of dams or levees because of improperdesign or construction.American Electric Power -Muskingum River Upper AshDam EnlargementThe original dam was raised 17 feet (originally 1650 ftlong but expanded to 4125 ft long with the raising) andthe freeboard dam (2750 ft long) was newly constructed.Estimated construction cost: $6,550,000. Constructionstarted in August of 2004 and was completedin 2010.AEP Wins Midwest DamSafety AwardReceiving the Association of State DamSafety Officials award in Seattle AEP’sPedro Amaya said, “We at AEP understandand appreciate the responsibility andliability of dam ownership, and we take thisresponsibility very seriously.”357• 1 The project raised an existing dam for the storage of coal ash witha new buttress of the main dam and by constructing a wing damand freeboard dam in saddles of the watershed. This photo showsfoundation preparation for the new main dam buttress.• 2 Construction of the buttress on the downstream slope of the main dam.• 3 Raising the clay core of the main dam. Construction of the concreteinlet chute.• 4 Completed downstream slope of the main dam.Completedembankment prior to filling.• 5 Crest of the completed main dam.• 6 Downstream slope of the wing dam.• 7 Completed freeboard dam.465


6New Dams and Levees -Construction permits, planreviews, and constructioninspections top our listThe permitting process includes review ofconstruction plans and specifications, performanceof calculations and investigations, issuance of thepermit, monitoring and approval of construction, andmonitoring for a 1-year bond period. Permit projectstake on many forms from a complete project thatgoes all the way through construction to projects thatsubmit plans for review but don’t go beyond that step.The construction permit process consists of four steps.• Approval of a preliminary design for all proposednew dam and levee construction to establish theclassification of the structure and basic designparameters.• Submittal and approval of a final design which includesa detailed report of foundation and materials analyses,references, calculations and conclusions of engineeringstudies, a detailed cost estimate, and detailed plans andspecifications.• Construction inspection to periodically visit the siteto ensure that construction, materials testing, andobservation is being conducted in accordance withapproved plans, specs and terms of the permit.• Once construction is complete and approved thedivision continues to hold a required surety for oneyear to ensure that the dam or levee is performing asexpected during first filling, etc. At the end of the year,if no problems have developed, the chief releases thesurety and the dam or levee is placed into the division’speriodic inspection program.The following table presents a summary of newconstruction permit activity for FY 10.• Preliminary reports for three projects including awastewater treatment lagoon, landfill leachate pond anda sedimentation pond.• Received final design reports for Lima UpgroundReservoir in Allen County, Auglaize River WastewaterTreatment Lagoon in Defiance County, and HapCremean Lagoon No. 1 in Franklin County.• Issued three permits: Lima Upground Reservoir, a427-acre drinking water reservoir with a 44-foot-highembankment for the City of Lima; Auglaize RiverWastewater Treatment Lagoon, a 22.4-acre lagoonwith a 12.3-foot-high embankment; and Hap CremeanLagoon No. 2, a 4-acre lime sludge lagoon with an11-foot-high embankment.• Five projects were under construction during the fiscalyear. Program staff detected major issues at some ofthe projects. Division monitoring led directly to thecorrection of these problems and avoided major safetyissues.• Construction was approved for the Caldwell Lake Damenlargement in Noble County and Hap Cremean LagoonNo. 2 in Franklin County.• Final approval and bond release were given for threeprojects including two water supply reservoirs, and abrine storage pond.Division and owners cooperateon repair of existing dams andleveesSimilar to new dam and levee permits, the programalso regulates repair of existing dams and levees. Therepair approval process is similar in the approval ofplans and specifications, monitoring of constructionand construction approval. The chief does not hold asurety for repair approval, so there is no bond period.The program worked on 203 total dam repair projectsin FY10 including seventeen projects that were underconstruction. These projects included spillway repairdesign, hydrologic and hydraulic studies, EAP andOMI review, lake drain design and installations, addingemergency spillways, toe drain repairs and design,slide repairs and design, downstream hazard studiesand classification studies, removals, etc. The followingdescribes a sampling of the successful rehabilitationprojects.• Ledge Lake Dam is a Class III recreational damowned by Cleveland Metroparks located on theHinckley Reservation in Media County. The dam is38.3 feet tall and can store 65 acre-feet of water.Previous inspections revealed problems witherosion at the outlet of the principal spillway andthe lack of a lake drain. In September of 2009,repairs began to replace the principal spillwaysystem and to install a siphon lake drain. Therepairs were successfully completed in Novemberof 2009.• American Electric Power removed Ohio PowerCompany Pond Dam MB-118, an 80-foot tall ClassI dam in Morgan County late in FY 10. Inspectionsof the dam had revealed problems with the spillwaysystem, erosion of the earthen dam, and tree andbrush growth.Interesting Ohio Dam Facts• Tallest Dam - Cardinal Fly Ash No. 1 Dam inJefferson County at 241 feet high• Longest Dam - Buckeye Lake Dam in Lickingand Fairfield Counties at 4.1 miles• Largest storage volume - Miami ConservancyDistrict’s Englewood Dam at 413,000 acrefeet(over 134 trillion gallons) of storage.This volume could fill Paul Brown Stadium inCincinnati 120 times. Englewood Dam is a drydam used solely for flood control purposes.In fact, the MCD flood control dams constitutefour of the five largest storage volume damsin the state. The largest total storage volumeof a permanent impoundment behind a dam isGrand Lake St. Marys at 156,383 acre-feet.


Pilot project geared to reducecosts for new upgroundreservoirs - Columbus may save$9 millionErosion at the spillway outlet of Ledge Lake Dam in Medina County.Repaired outlet of Ledge Lake Dam.Former Ohio Power Company PondDam MB-118 following breachThe downstream slope of Ohio Power Company Pond Dam MB-118 inMorgan County.• Largest surface area - Grand Lake St. Marysat 13,500 acres• Oldest dam - Beaver Lake Dam in LickingCounty built in 1800 (according to records inOhio’s Dam Inventory)• Tallest concrete dam - O’ShaughnessyReservoir Dam in Delaware County at 91 feethigh• Tallest masonry dam - Lake Hamilton Dam inMahoning County at 70 feet high• Owner with most jurisdictional dams -Ohio Department of Natural Resources with 117Class I, II, and III dams• County with the most jurisdictional dams -Medina County with 66 Class I, II, and III damsIn our efforts to both serve our public safety missionand provide the best service and value for damowners, the division developed a pilot project to studythe benefits of modifying surety bond requirementsfor construction of new upground reservoirs. Withan increasing need for drinking water supplies, thedivision anticipates a demand for new upgroundreservoirs, which are essentially interconnectedearthen dam embankments that create a basin forretaining water. During construction, upgroundreservoirs pose significantly less risk to downstreamlife and property than on-stream dams because nowater is impounded in the reservoir. The approvedpilot allows the chief of the Division of Soil and WaterResources to tailor the required surety requirementsfor dams to reflect this lesser risk.Currently, applicants for a dam construction permitare required to submit a surety in the amount offifty percent of the estimated construction cost.Because upground reservoirs impound no wateruntil construction is complete, the cost to mitigatea potential failure during the first filling/bond stagecould be significantly less than the required 50% suretyamount. The pilot allows the Chief to require a lessersurety requirement that accurately reflects both the riskto life and property downstream during constructionfor the selected pilot program. The planned ColumbusUpground Reservoir project, an 850-acre upgrounddrinking water reservoir in Delaware County, will be thelikely subject of the pilot.Construction of the Columbus Upground Reservoir,scheduled to begin in FY 11, is anticipated to costaround $90 million. Under current law, the cityestimates their costs for the required surety to beas much as $9 million. Under the provisions of thepilot, the surety requirement will be phased over theconstruction and filling phases of the project andthe city estimates their cost to be about $200,000,providing a substantial savings. While the amountof the surety will be reduced, the time period for thedivision to hold it will be increased to ensure that thereare no problems with the reservoir as it fills.The pilot will hopefully demonstrate that a changeto the surety requirements for the construction ofupground reservoirs can provide a significant savingsto dam owners while increasing public safety. Thedivision envisions that the pilot program will helpdevelop recommendations for permanent law changesthat, if enacted, will serve other communities seeking aconstruction permit for an upground reservoir project.7


8Emergency Action Plans –The difference between lifeand death in an emergencyDespite efforts to keep dams and levees in good conditionand to perform inspection and maintenance, theycan develop problems that can lead to failure. Earlydetection and appropriate response are crucial formaintaining the safety of the dam and levee and downstreampeople and property. An emergency action plan(EAP) is a collection of information that helps a damor levee owner properly respond to many potentialproblems.An EAP is required for all Class I, II and III dams andlevees. The program uses guidelines of the federalInteragency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS) as themodel for EAPs to help ensure consistency and uniformity.As detailed elsewhere in this report, the divisionimplemented new programs, public outreach effortsand an annual fee discount, in FY10 to assist dam ownersin improving the number of EAPs for dams in thestate.The division approved an EAP for Clear Fork Reservoir Dam in 2010, aClass I dam in Richland County.The following table shows the number and type of approvedEAPs by classification.TYPE CLASS I CLASS II CLASS IIIICODS112 83 46Old60 65 62EPP55 25 28Emergency Preparedness andDam Owner Outreach EffortsIn FY 10 the program implemented a new FEMA-grantfunded project for emergency preparedness and publicoutreach. The purpose of the program is to increaseawareness about dam safety issues among local officialsand dam owners and to increase the numberof Emergency Action Plans for regulated dams. Theproject began as a pilot in FY 10 by targeting five counties(Adams, Allen, Highland, Medina, Perry) for meetingswith local officials and dam owners. The meetingsfocused on basic information about dams, emergencypreparedness roles and activities, and developmentof EAPs. Meetings with local officials were generallyfacilitated with the cooperation of the local emergencymanagement director and included emergencymanagement, county and municipal, and floodplainmanagement officials. Dam owner meetings weregenerally well attended (over 40 participants in theMedina County meeting) and owners came away withincreased knowledge of their dam and how it relatesto the overall emergency response plan of the countyand state. Owners also received specific instruction onhow to develop an EAP for their dam and how to workwith local officials to keep it up to date.At the conclusion of the efforts with the pilot counties(the grant period and the pilot runs to the end ofthe first quarter of FY 2011), the program will assesseffectiveness of the meetings and materials and applylessons learned to outreach in other counties for FY 11.Emergency Enforcement -Rare but neccessary whenvoluntary efforts failThe core purpose of the Ohio Dam Safety EngineeringProgram is to protect human life, health, and propertyfrom the failure of Ohio’s dams and levees. In anemergency situation, the chief has the authority totake such measures or actions as the chief considersnecessary to safeguard life, health, and property. Thedivision operates under the premise that dam safetyis a cooperative process between the dam owner/operator and the regulator and that a dialogue canaccomplish more than a directive. The division strivesfor voluntary compliance by consistently informingowners of their responsibilities, rights, and options.However, the division is sometimes forced to eitherissue an administrative order or seek the assistanceof the courts to require owners to improve safetywhen efforts for voluntary compliance have beenunsuccessful. In FY 10 the program took the rareenforcement action of taking control of a dam tobreach the embankment and remove the hazard todownstream property.The division pursued a total of twenty-eight enforcementactions in FY 10 including two actions specificallyfor the development of Emergency Action Plans. Thefollowing describes the actions taken on one project.


Administrative RulesReviewed, Annual FeeIncreased, and CompliantDam Discount InitiatedThe FY 10 state budget placed more of theresponsibility for funding the dam safety program onthe owners of dams through an increase in the annualfee for all jurisdictional dams. While no one likes feeincreases, the state recognized the importance of theprogram to the citizens and dam owners of Ohio andthe fee increase helped to maintain the program whilemany other state programs received funding cuts. Thechange in the fee statutes did also provide a measureof relief to dam owners through a new compliant damdiscount. The discount provides up to a 25% reductionin the fee amount for dams that are in compliance withstate standards and have an approved emergencyaction plan. The division promulgated a rule forimplementation of the discount that provides for a 10%discount for any dam with an approved and up-todateEAP and a 15% discount for dams in compliancewith all other dam safety requirements establishedby the chief. The increased fee and the discount wereimplemented for the first time in FY 10.In additional to the new rule for the fee discount, theprogram completed the review of all administrativerules as part of a mandated five-year review. Thisreview resulted in several rule modifications rangingfrom simple clarifications to major changes relatingto EAP requirements. The review included notice andcomment from stakeholders including dam owners,local emergency management officials, and the OhioDam Safety Organization.In conjunction with the new annual fee discountrule, modifications to requirements for EAPs requirethat dam owners meet annually with their countyEMA director to assure that their EAP is up to date.Beginning in FY 11 the owner will be required tosubmit documentation of this in order to receive the10% discount for an up-to-date EAP. While providingthe division a way to ensure that EAPs are current, themeetings also facilitate a relationship between damowners and local emergency management officials thatwill be beneficial to first responders and the public inthe event of a dam emergency.In conjunction with the new annual fee discountrule, modifications to requirements for EAPs requirethat dam owners meet annually with their countyEMA director to assure that their EAP is up to date.Beginning in FY 11 the owner will be required tosubmit documentation of this in order to receive the10% discount for an up-to-date EAP. While providingthe division a way to ensure that EAPs are current, themeetings also facilitate a relationship between damowners and local emergency management officials thatwill be beneficial to first responders and the public inthe event of a dam emergency.What’s New for FY11?Public Outreach Effort to be FullyImplementedAs stated previously, FY11 will see full implementationof this effort. The project will take the lessons ofimplementation in the five pilot counties and targetadditional counties throughout the state for outreachwith local officials and dam owners to increaseawareness of dam safety risk. The effort will includeworking with local officials to educate them aboutdams in their area, helping to encourage localofficials to provide “eyes on dams” during floodingand other events, and notifying the state of potentialdevelopment downstream of dams. It will also workwith dam owners on developing and implementingtheir owner dam safety program and on updatingand exercising their EAP and Operation Maintenanceand Inspection Manual (OMI). Public outreach andeducational resources will be developed for ourweb page, and for handouts, mailings, etc. This willprovide additional public safety through early detectionof problems with dams and efficient and effectiveemergency response.New Staff Allow ProgramExpertise to Stay HighSince 2007, the program has lost four experiencedengineers through attrition. The division anticipatesreplacing three of the vacant engineering positions inFY11. Two of the positions will focus on the periodicinspection of Class II and III dams. The third positionwill provide staff resources to allow for sufficientconstruction inspection for the large permit projectsexpected to be under construction in FY 11.Implementation of EAP UpdateRequirement Yields CompliantDam DiscountIn FY 10 the new ten percent annual fee discount wasgranted to all dam owners with an approved EAPfor their dam. The updated administrative rule forEAPs requires the dam owner to keep the EAP up todate and to meet annually with their local emergencymanagement officials in order to receive the discount.In FY11, the program will develop and implement theprocedure for dam owners to update their EAP andsubmit documentation of their meeting with localofficials.10


Ownership Issues Get Resolved - or,“Who really owns that dam?”The increase in the annual fee and implementation of the compliantdam discount in FY10 brought to light many issues involvingdocumentation of the correct ownership of dams in the dam safetyinventory database. The division will undergo an effort to updateincorrect ownership information. We appreciate the assistance ofowners (or non-owners as the case may be) in correcting our ownershipdatabase.Issues and Unmet ChallengesThe Dam Safety Engineering Program faces many continuingchallenges for Fiscal Year 2011 and beyond.• Many of Ohio’s private and public dams and levees continue to be in needof upgrade and remediation. The Ohio Chapter of the American Society ofCivil Engineers gave dams a “C” in their 2009 Ohio Infrastructure ReportCard. The report card indicated that about one-third of the jurisdictionaldams in the state have deficiencies and they conservatively estimated acost of nearly $300 million to accomplish the needed upgrades.• Levee safety will likely be a major challenge for the division. The divisionhas regulatory authority and responsibility to inspect jurisdictional levees,but has never had the resources to do this on a regular basis. Also, thereis a lack of adequate inventory information about the levees in the state.The planned development of a national levee safety program may provideassistance to states in the development of a levee inventory and help fundthe beginning of a more formal inspection program.• Outreach and enforcement efforts to increase the number of EAP’s fordams will ultimately result in more plans that must be reviewed. This hasbeen and will continue to be a challenge with existing staff resources.• The program has utilized improvements in technology and public data toprovide thorough, efficient analyses. However, keeping up with technicalchanges and maintenance of the database requires significant resourcesand will continue to be a challenge.Don’t forget -assistance isavailable for damownersThe Dam Safety Engineering Programprovides the following assistance todam owners.• Low-interest loan programsthrough the Ohio WaterDevelopment Authority for therepair of existing dams for bothpublic and private dam owners.The program worked with OWDAthis year to lower the interest rateto make the loans more attractiveto banks and dam owners.• Publications and information onmaintenance of dams, ponds andlakes through our web site.• A listing of consulting engineersinterested in doing dam safetywork in Ohio on our web siteand publications on procuringthe services of a professionalengineer.• Consultation with dam ownerson operation and maintenanceand with their engineers onengineering studies and repairdesigns.• General technical assistance.• In an indirect benefit to owners,the program routinely providesextensive data in the form oftables, maps, summary reports,and digital mapping data sets tostate and local officials and toengineering consultants.DSWR engineer inspects Decker Lake Damspillway in Miami CountyMoraine levee and floodwall in MontgomeryCountyhttp://ohiodnr.com/tabid/3329/Default.aspxSpillway pipe replacement for WillowbrookLake Dam in Clermont County.11


12State General Revenue Funds,owner fees, and FEMA grantssupport dam safetyThe total budget for the Dam Safety Engineering Programin FY 10 was about $1.4 million. Funding sources for theDam Safety Engineering Program include the GeneralRevenue Fund, fee revenue from construction permit feesand annual dam safety fees, and a grant from the FederalEmergency Management Agency. The following chartsdepict the percentages of revenue for FY 10.Fiscal Year 2010 RevenueFiscal Year 2010 ExpendituresThe program receives about $590,000 each year inannual fee revenue (a net increase of about $260,000from previous years) and about $80,000 per year inpermit fee revenue. The annual fee is determined by theclassification, height and length of the dam, and totalstorage volume stored behind the dam. It is paid foreach dam under state jurisdiction and is collected everyJune. Revenue from the annual fee is used to fund theperiodic inspection efforts of the division. Permit feesare based on the estimated cost of construction for newdam construction. The permit applicant must pay thefee before the division can issue a permit. Because newconstruction activity varies from year to year, permit feerevenue is not as predictable as the annual fee. The feesare used to fund a portion of permit-related activities.Ted Strickland, Governorwww.ohio.govSean Logan, DirectorOhio Departmentof Natural Resourceswww.ohiodnr.comGRFFeesGrantStaffingO&MDavid Hanselmann, ChiefODNR Division ofSoil and Water Resourceswww.ohiodnr.com/soilandwaterDam Safety EngineeringProgram Staff• David Hanselmann, Chief, 34 years of waterresources experience• Mark Ogden, P.E., Administrator, 25 years ofdam safety experience• Rodney Tornes, P.E., Program Manager, 21years of dam safety experience• Keith Banachowski, P.E., Program Manager, 16years of dam safety experience• Tina Griffin, P.E., Project Manager, 17 years ofdam safety experience• Pete George, P.E., Project Manager, 17 years ofdam safety experience• Mia Kannik, P.E., Project Manager, 13 years ofdam safety experience• Tom Lagucki, Construction Specialist, 13years of dam safety experience, 26 years ofconstruction experience• Dena Barnhouse, P.E., Project Manager, 11 yearsof dam safety experience, 5 years of experiencein floodplain engineering• Ronda Tipton, Administrative Assistant, 6 yearswith the program• Jeremy Wenner, E.I., Project Engineer, 4 yearsof dam safety experience• Matt Hook, E.I., Project Engineer, 4 years of damsafety experience• Jim Huitger, Construction Specialist, one yearof dam safety program experience with 36years of construction experience• Martin Joyce, Public Outreach Coordinator, inhis second year as the part-time public outreachcoordinator, but 16 years of service in Soil &Water conservation programs• Cynthia Frazzini, Assistant Attorney General,11 years experience as an Assistant AttorneyGeneralDam Safety EngineeringProgram PartnersThe program enjoys partnerships with the followingagencies and organizations and wouldlike to recognize them for their contribution todam safety in Ohio.• Ohio Dam Safety Organization, a division of theWater Management Association of OhioAssociation of State Dam Safety Officials• Ohio Emergency Management Agency• Federal Emergency Management Agency• Natural Resources Conservation Service• Ohio Chapter of the American Society of CivilEngineers• Ohio’s local Soil & Water Conservation Districts• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission• U.S. Department of Interior• Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

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