Welcome to the National Inventory of Dams Web Site. To query the 2013 NID database, you must request a username and password. Non-government users can query the database using the interactive report and map functions but cannot directly download any data from this site. All questions can be directed to the NID Data Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congress first authorized the US Army Corps of Engineers to inventory dams in the United States with the National Dam Inspection Act (Public Law 92-367) of 1972. The NID was first published in 1975, with a few updates as resources permitted over the next ten years. The Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-662) authorized the Corps to maintain and periodically publish an updated NID, with re-authorization and a dedicated funding source provided under the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-3). The Corps also began close collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state regulatory offices to obtain more accurate and complete information. The National Dam Safety and Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-310) reauthorized the National Dam Safety Program and included the maintenance and update of the NID by the Corps of Engineers. The most recent Dam Safety Act of 2006 reauthorized the maintenance and update of the NID.
The NID consists of dams meeting at least one of the following criteria;
1) High hazard classification - loss of one human life is likely