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    Dams Safety Committee

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    Dams

    Cowarra

    Dams are man-made structures that store liquids (usually water). They come in many forms and sizes, including water supply dams, tailings & industrial dams, and stormwater detention & retarding dams.

    "Prescribed" dams are those listed in Schedule 1 of the Dams Safety Act 1978. The Dams Safety Committee (DSC) can require owners of prescribed dams to do things to ensure the safety of their dams, refer to the Dams Safety Act 1978.

    DSC staff are available to discuss the requirements for prescribed dams and to help determine if a dam should be "prescribed".

    Mining

    Triako

    The Committee plays a role in determining the type and extent of coal mining allowed in the vicinity of prescribed dams and their storages. The extent of the Committee's interest is designated by Notification Areas.

    The extent of mining permitted near a dam depends on the mining geometry (i.e. coal pillar dimensions, size of openings, etc.), the proximity to the dams or the stored water, and the local geology. See Guidance Sheets for more information.
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