This bill would require the owners of dams in the State to annually register the dam with the Department of Environmental Conservation and pay a registration fee.  The Department would be required to post the location and hazard potential classification of all dams on the Department’s website.  The bill would also establish a process by which

the Department of Environmental Conservation may designate a dam as abandoned and attach a lien on the property on which the abandoned dam is located. In addition, the bill would require the seller of property on which a dam is located to notify the buyer of the presence and safety condition of the dam. The bill also requires the buyer of property on which a dam is located to notify the Department of the buyer’s name and contact information.

1/14/2014 – Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources

Update: 1/28/2014

House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources is scheduled to hear testimony on H. 590 the week of January 27, 2014.

Click here to read the current version of this bill.

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