How does a homeowner find a dam inspector in NJ?

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Dams are usually regulated by a State agency, rather than the city or county. Check with your State: Department of Water Resources or something similar.
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I might try contacting a few "landscape Architects" which should be in the yellow pages and if that fails, try your NJ state contractors licensing board (or equivelent, whatever the actual name) to see what certification is required for that type of work and search for contractors with that license.

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Hmmm...I am not sure you are getting the tips that one would prefer in this situation, so let me just chew the cud.
There is an earth bank dam holding 10 feet of water possibly , abutting a neighbor's land. And the neighbor's stream is close by the earth dam. So there is an erosion risk from the stream. Are there people or livestock down stream from a dam breach? If so, there is a risk.
So, let's think about that earth dam. The biggest Earth dam anywhere (apparently) is at Dennison, Texas. That's the way they bill it anyway. It's described as a modern even experimental technique... Hmmm...no great support there!
How about history? How long has the dam been in place? What is its service history? How often has it been full? If the history is favorable - with no breaches, no unplanned discharges, that seems like a plus. Then you would be left with inspecting for NEW erosion evidence which could lead to a first time breach.
If the discharge tube is a high level discharge, could it be rerouted in some way? Could you enquire about insurance against a breach? The insuance company might want to inspect the risk. THEY would find the person to inspect it then......
....as I say, just chewing the cud.
One more suggestion: if the neighbor is suggesting the dam is unsound, I would document a question to him asking how the dam appears unsound, and does the neighbor have any recommendation to ameliorate his comfort level, as you wish to be a good neighbor. (You catch more flies with honey...)
Good luck
Brian Whatcott Altus OK
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Cdon wrote:

I cheated by starting at Rutgers civil engineering.
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The Three Gorges dam in China? Not sure if that's a concrete or earth dam, but insanely huge.
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Does NJ have the chinese mitton crab? We have them out here in the SF bay area in California, those little guys love to burrow into levees and weaken them. Check with your local wildlife agency to make sure they aren't a problem in NJ yet.
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Add an "N". As in damN inspector. You'll get much better results. I always hear people complaining about that damN inspector, but have never heard anyone talking about a dam inspector. Once you get any kind of inspector on your property, they all become a damN inspector. As in "I wish that damn inspector would leave, he's already cost me a fortune and now he expects me to _________ and __________ and __________".
Mark
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On 6 Apr 2005 11:43:09 -0700, "Cdon" < snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Where do I find a private property dam inspector in NJ?
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To return to the original question 8-)
In UK there are specialist inspectors for dams, and these will be registered as such with the ICE (the UK professional engineers association). I suspect that the American association would have a similar scheme, or at least ought to know who the particular specialists are. If you can find the person - he will undertake the inspection, either individually or as a representative of his company (more likely)
Keith
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Also http://www.state.nj.us/dep/nhr/engineering/damsafety/standard.pdf
and http://www.state.nj.us/dep/nhr/engineering/damsafety/vicguid2.doc
The latter is the actual checklist. --Goedjn
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The Hirakud Dam, on the Mahanadi at Sambalpur?
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Check with Alaimo Group Mount Holly, (609)267-8310. They have a wide ranging engineering service and are currently involved with some dam reconstruction in the area.

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Everybody else has chimed in; here's mine. Call an insurance company and try to get liability insurance protection for that dam. Given the flooding disasters in NJ lately, they'll probably send the inspector you need.
Steve Manes Brooklyn, NY http://www.magpie.com/house/bbs
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Gerald wrote:

You have a very difficult problem indeed. Nobody on the Internet will likely be able to help you. I have a similar problem in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. I called a dozen plumbers in the local yellow pages. They all basically said the same answer. FWIW, here is what I learned about the problem & the solution.
THE COST: - The pipe-inspection people charge about 2000 dollars a day - My application, they said, would cost about $1000 to inspect (1/2 day) THE PROBLEM: - I have a Z-shaped 10" diameter cast-iron stream outlet pipe - The inlet is about 7 feet above the outlet - The distance from the inlet to the outlet is about 10 feet TWO PIPE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE: - Place a FERNCO cap on the outlet & measure leakage from inlet - Place a EXPANDABLE BALL on the outlet & measure leakage from inlet - Send a VIDEO CAMERA from the outlet to the inlet & inspect for damage FERNCO CAP: - The Fernco cap sits on the end of the exposed outlet pipe - It is clamped down (requiring about 2 inches of pipe to grip) - Over a 24-hour period, measure leakage from the inlet area BALL METHOD: - The ball method entails plugging the outlet 24 hours - The ball expands with compressed air to block the outlet - If the inlet area shows signs of drainage, then there is a leak VIDEO METHOD: - The video method entails sending a light & camera up the pipe - The video camera allows the operator to see any cracks & clogs - 45 degree bends are acceptable (90 degree bends are not)
I was able, after much searching in the yellow pages under "plumbers" and a day of searching on the Internet for "pipe inspection drainage sewer" to find only three outfits that perform this inspection task in the whole of North Jersey. None of them could send a camera up because of my 90 degree bends. None could use the FERNCO CAP because the outlet was flush with a rock wall (therefore there was no 2 inch grip). All could use the ball method, which is imprecise at best.
For my $1000 dollars, I'll just have to build a new outlet pipe for my stream (unless some genius on the Internet has an idea which actually works).
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Someone told you the County Extension Office/Agent, but you didn't understand. Look for the one in your county: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-30,GGLD:en&q=new+jersey+county+extension+agent&spell=1 These are the people who know local dirt and know who to ask about what and where to get free knowledge. Find one, hug him and call him George, take him to lunch, he is your friend.
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