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Dam Safety, Coastal & Flood Protection

To protect people against loss of life and property from flood and dam failure, DEC is entrusted with the regulatory power over dams. The Department also provides technical support to local governments and owners of dams, and promotes floodplain management in communities across the state.

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Dam Safety

To protect people against loss of life and property from flood and dam failure, DEC is entrusted with the regulatory power over dams. Dams are man-made barriers constructed to impound water.

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Coastal Erosion and Flooding

Coastal erosion is a naturally occurring process that results in the loss or displacement of land along the coastline, continually changing natural protective features such as beaches, dunes, bluffs and nearshore areas.

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Flood Protection and Floodplain Management

The Department works with communities throughout the state in finding ways to reduce or protect against physical and property damage caused by flooding.

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More about Dam Safety, Coastal & Flood Protection:

  • Coastal Storm Risk Management Projects - The NYSDEC partners with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Non-Federal Sponsor on Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Projects.
  • Coastal Management - The Section's programs manage the coast through the implementation of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area Land-use Management Program and through Storm Damage Reduction Projects.
  • Dam Safety - Statewide program responsible for dam safety inspections, technical review of proposed dam construction or modification, monitoring of remedial work for compliance with dam safety criteria and emergency preparedness
  • Be Prepared for Floods - How to reduce flood damage to your home and property.
  • What to Do After a Flood - Information for residents, communities and businesses on what to do after a flood, who to call, and what resources are available for recovery.
  • Floodplain Management - Statewide program which provides technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program and coordinates remapping of floodplains
  • Flood Protection Projects - Statewide program that oversees permitting, construction and rehabilitation of structural flood Control projects
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    Division of Water
    Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233-3504
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