Dams; enforcement of tools needed to ensure safety. (HB345)

Introduced By

Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dam safety; penalties. Provides the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Department of Conservation with the enforcement tools needed to ensure the safety of Virginia's dams, and includes due process procedures to protect dam owners. The bill exempts Department records on the operation of certain dams from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. It makes it illegal once a dam is designated as unsafe for an owner to refuse entry to state employees for the purpose of inspecting the dam or taking corrective action. The Department is given the authority to monitor and inspect any alteration or construction of the dam. The bill imposes Class 3 misdemeanor penalties as well as civil penalties for violations of the Dam Safety Act. The moneys collected from the imposition of civil penalties will be deposited in the Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 060909504
01/06/2006Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2006Stricken from docket by Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources