Dams reduce, but do not eliminate the risks associated with flood events. A fully-functioning dam could be overtopped when a rare, large flood occurs, or a dam could breach because of a deficiency - both of these possibilities pose risk of property damage and life loss. To manage these risks USACE has a routine program that inspects and monitors its dams regularly. USACE implements short and long term actions, on a prioritized basis, when unacceptable risks are found at any of its dams.
Based upon the most recent risk assessment in 2016, Jadwin Dam is considered to have a higher risk primarily due to the potential for internal erosion in the embankment during a significant flooding event. As a result of this finding, USACE has implemented a number of measures to reduce risk in the interim, including increasing inspections and monitoring. USACE has also begun the Jadwin Dam Safety Modification Study. This multi-year effort will further identify and recommend a risk management plan that supports the expeditious and cost effective reduction of the identified potential for embankment failure. This process will involve public comment opportunities regarding the various alternatives considered during the study. This webpage will serve as a resource and include updates on the study and public comment opportunities.