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Technical Manual for Dam Owners - Impact of Animals on Earthen Dams

Credit: 10 PDH or CE Hours
Course Fee: $90.00
122 pages

Course Summary:

In 1999, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) jointly conducted research and a workshop to shed light on the national problem of animal intrusion damage to earthen dams and the resulting safety issues. The FEMA/ASDSO survey and workshop united dam owners, engineers, state and federal regulators, wildlife managers, foresters, and academia to form an educated and experienced front against the growing problem of earthen dam damage and failures due to animal intrusion. The information generated by roundtable discussions and survey answers indicates that while most states recognize animal intrusion as a problem, only a handful know of guidance on dams and wildlife management practices available to the dam professionals and owners. Based on input from the dam communities, FEMA/ASDSO’s mission to develop a guidance manual on the proper management of nuisance wildlife in the earthen dam environment became clear.

Learning Objective:

  • Introduction to Radio-Frequency Communications
  • Introduction and Purpose of Manual
  • Impacts of Wildlife on Earthen Dams
  • Dam Inspection From Two Perspectives: Engineering Function and Biological Potential
  • Overview and Identification of Nuisance Wildlife
  • Dam Repair and Intrusion Prevention Through Design
  • Mitigating Damaging Wildlife
  • Fiscal Considerations for Managing Animal Damage on Earthen Dams

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Course Content

Course Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Course 1

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Certificate of completion of the course

This course comes with a multiple-choice quiz. You can view the quiz and take the quiz if you are logged in your account. You can take the quiz for this online PDH course as many times until passed. The passing grade is 70% and above. After you pass the quiz simply follow the page, to pay for the course and print your certificate instantly. A copy of the certificate and receipt for this course will always be in your account.

This online PDH or CE course can also be used as a continuing education course for the following.


PE Civil Engineers

PE Structural Engineers

PE Environmental Engineers

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