Become A Member

If you're visiting DamSafety.org for the first time, or you have been here before but are now curious about membership, you probably have several questions regarding the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) and how being a member can benefit you or your company. Like many professional associations, ASDSO provides many member benefits. However, ASDSO is more than a discount or subscription service, it's about belonging to a group dedicated to working towards the common goal of a strong and unified dam and levee safety program. Every member benefits through their association with ASDSO, and ASDSO benefits with each new member that joins. Associations like ASDSO are built around the collective, achieving what individual members and companies can't achieve on their own. Ready to learn more about ASDSO and how you can join nearly 3,000 dam and levee safety professionals in building a better community?   

Who is ASDSO? ASDSO is the leading national non-profit association dedicated to dam and levee safety. ASDSO was created in 1983 in response to an urgent need for establishing and strengthening state dam safety programs and improving interstate communication about dam safety. Becoming a part of the ASDSO community is a way to join with others to work toward advancing technology, standards, and research for a future where all dams are safe.

What does ASDSO do to support me, my program, and/or my company? ASDSO works side-by-side with its members to build a unified community of dam and levee safety experts, recognized as leaders in their field, through the creation of industry standards and best practices; advocacy of legislatative policy matters that impact the dam and levee safety community; educational opportunities to help members build upon their knowledge of core foundational topic areas, as well as the latest technology and practical trends impacting the profession; education of the general public on issues of concern for dam and levee safety professionals; and support for future growth in the profession through outreach to students in grades K-12, as well as at collegiate institutions, to showcase the benefits of a career in dam and levee safety.    

What individual benefits does ASDSO provide its members? 

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Career growth
  • Technical training discounts
  • Access to ASDSO Collaborate where you can share your knowledge with nearrly 3,000 dam and levee safety professionals around the world
  • Access to the Dam Safety Resource Database with over 12,000 entries and over 5,000 downloadable documents (only members have access to downloadable features)
  • Subscription to the monthly E-News
  • Subscription to the quarterly Journal of Dam Safety - view a sample issue now!
  • Access to community outreach tools, including our popular Living with Dams series
  • Legislative activities
  • A voice in policy-making
  • Access to more than 3,000 professionals
  • Opportunity to participate in the Peer Review Program
  • Committee involvement
  • Information services
  • Access to ASDSO's Members Only website section

Plus, new members receive a complimentary archived webinar!

Who should join ASDSO? 

  • State or federal dam safety officials
  • Civil, geotechnical, environmental, and structural engineers
  • Scientists and technicians
  • Dam owners & operators
  • Service and product suppliers
  • Engineering consultants
  • Academic professors and researchers
  • Students
  • Hydrologists/Geologists
  • Emergency management professionals
  • Floodplain professionals
  • Anyone with a concern for dam and levee safety issues 

What membership types does ASDSO Offer? What is the rate?
*Please note ASDSO membership categories will be updated in July 2020. If you have any questions during the transition process please contact Ross Brown

  • Individual Membership Categories - Individual members who are employees of a company with an Organizational membership shall receive a 50% discount off the individual standard membership.
    • Individual Standard Member, $110 (formerly Affiliate Individual Member) - Individual dam owners, selfemployed consultants, university personnel, and other individuals who's company is not an ASDSO member.
    • Individual Government Member, $55 (formerly Government Associate Member) - Open to all state, local, or federal government officials interested in dam safety.
      Affiliate Company Employee, $55 - employees of a member company can receive full member benefits at this discounted rate.
    • Retired Member, $55 (formerly Senior Member) - Any one who has been a member of ASDSO for 5 years or more, is fully retired from active employment, and is 55 years of age or older, or permanently disabled is eligible. 
    • Student Member, FREE - Student member status shall be granted to an applicant enrolled at least part time and not employed as a full-time professional. Student membership may be maintained only while actively enrolled in school, but for no more than five years.
  • Organizational Member Categories - These membership categories are for companies or individuals in the private sector. Individual members who are employees of a company with an Organizational membership shall receive a 50% discount off the individual standard membership. All organizational members qualify for exhibit, sponsorship, and advertising discounts.
    • Organizational Sustaining Member, $2,960 - Any member may add value to their existing membership and assist in advancing ASDSO's goals. Please contact ASDSO for further details.
    • Agency Sustaining Member, $2,960 - Any governmental agency may add value to their existing membership and assist in advancing ASDSO's goals. Please contact ASDSO for further details.
    • Organizational Standard Member, $400 (formerly Affiliate Company) - One contact person is designated for each company membership and company employees may join at a reduced employee rate (up to 12 per company membership). 
    • Educational Entity Membership, $290 - This category provides an opportunity specifically for educational institutions to become members with up-to two professors receiving full member benefits as well as students in applicable fields and provides two downloadable webinars each year to the institution for educational use.
    • Dam Owner Operator, $400 - Organizations who own/operate dams and are interested in furthering dam and levee safety. The membership benefit is provided to the organization. All dam Owner/Operator Organizational memberships include one individual who receives benefits as the primary contact. Individual members who are employees of a company with an Organizational membership shall receive a 50% discount off the individual standard membership.
    • Small Scale Dam Owner, $110 - Small organizations or property owners who own only one dam and are interested in furthering dam and levee safety. This would include farms, HOA’s and other property owners whose dam is not power generating.  The membership benefit is provided to the organization. All Small-Scale Dam Owner Organizational memberships include one individual who receives benefits as the primary contact.
  • Voting Members - Please contact ASDSO for renewal information on these levels.
    • Voting Member, $542 - The voting members include one member from each State, and one from each U.S Territory that opts to participate.  No State shall have more than one voting member.  To qualify as a voting member, an individual shall be (1) a full-time employee of the State in question who is responsible for administering and managing the State’s dam safety program, and (2) either the highest ranking official directly involved in such program or an individual appointed by such official who meets the above requirements.  
    • Voting Member - Sustaining, $2,960 - A State Voting Member who meets the requirements for a voting member and is interested in increasing support for the mission of ASDSO and increasing the member benefit to other employees of the dam safety agency. The membership benefit is provided to a pre-determined list of the State Agency’s employees. While benefits are preset, some can be personalized to fit the best needs of the state.  

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