State Workshop
Vermont Dam Safety Workshop


Montpelier, VT




UPDATE:  Pre-registration for this event is closed.  You can sign up as a walk in on November 5, 2019.  

The Dam Safety Workshop will be held at the Pavilion building in the Auditorium at 109 State Street in Montpelier, Vermont. The entrance to the building for the Auditorium is on the Governor Davis Avenue (eastern) side of the building. Once entering, you will be required to pass by security. The auditorium is located in the basement and can be reached by stairs or elevator (ADA Compliant). Security at the kiosk will be able to help direct and there will be “Dam Safety Workshop” signs to follow to the Auditorium.

There is no designated parking lot for Auditorium users and parking in Montpelier has been reduced with ongoing construction. Free parking is available behind the Department of Labor building at 5 Green Mountain Drive. This lot is an approximately 0.7 mile walk to the Pavilion, see the attached map. Public parking is available on the streets, but is metered and has a two hour maximum. It is recommended that workshop participants car pool and drop off those with mobility considerations at the door. If this poses any hardships, please contact Ben Green (802-622-4093/ and we will assist in making other arrangements. 

As noted in the brochure, a one hour lunch break will be on your own. Montpelier has numerous restaurants within a short walking distance from the Pavilion.

A PDF copy of the Draft Pre-file Administrative Dam Safety Rules that will be presented as part of the Dam Safety Workshop have been posted to the DEC Dam Safety Program website and are available for download at the following link:


The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Dam Safety Program, invites you to participate in a one-day Dam Safety Workshop.

The workshop will be offered on November 5, 2019 at the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT.

The workshop is designed to provide practical, straightforward information on topics of importance to dam owners and those with an interest in dams. The purpose of this one-day workshop is to provide education/information on the following topics:

  • State dam safety laws and new draft dam safety regulation presented by the State Dam Safety Engineer
  • Review of how dams fail and example case studies
  • Overview of dam operations, maintenance, and inspections
  • Importance of Emergency Action Plans and review of developing and implementing EAPs
  • Review of public safety, site security and access control
  • Extreme storm events and potential dam failure conditions
  • Owner responsibilities and liabilities
  • Potential cost and sources of funding for dam repairs
  • Procedures for retaining a professional engineer

This workshop is provided at no cost, but all attendees must be pre-registered in advance. Registration can be completed either online or by downloading the registration form and returning it to ASDSO. 

Check in for the workshop will open at 8 am and the workshop and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end by 4:30 p.m. A one hour lunch break on your own will be provided. Information will be available throughout the day and you will have the opportunity to meet and network with your state dam safety officials, well-known experts in the field of dam safety, other dam owners and others with an interest in dams. You will also receive a binder containing workshop materials and electronic access to materials.

Parking details will be sent in your confirmation emails.

ASDSO is a national, non-profit professional association of engineers and individuals who own, regulate, or work on dams. Learn more about becoming an ASDSO member!

Special thanks to our sustaining members