Your Liability and Responsibility
Dam owners are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of their dams and inspection is a key element of any dam safety program. Many older dams do not meet current Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) safety standards. Although dam owners should routinely inspect their dams, the WDNR requires regular inspections of dams by professional engineers who specialize in dam safety to minimize the danger to life, health, and property. Dams must be inspected once every two to ten years, depending on the hazard rating of the dam.