All about Dams

The majority of large lakes and ponds in Rhode Island are in fact reservoirs or waterbodies created by building a dam. Often those dams were built sometime ago, and local residents may not even be aware that the dam exists. Unfortunately dams require care and maintenance, which is often overlooked due to lack of awareness or even knowledge of who is responsible for the dam. The resulting inattention occasionally led to significant problems such as dam breaches, and often leaking or other potential stresses to the structures such as tree roots penetrating and threatening dam strength. This page includes links to information about dams in general as well as to Rhode Island specific regulations and articles, and documentation of the recent history of dam management in Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island’s dangerous dams – editorial
Providence Journal Bulletin
The Trouble With Dams
The Atlantic Monthly
Office of Compliance and Inspection,
Dam Safety Program
RI Department of Environmental Management
Dam Safety Regulations and Resources
Association of State Dam Safety Officials
Boone Lake Dam Management District (established to manage and pay for that management through taxing authority)
Boone Lake Dam Management District