released Evaluation and Monitoring of
Seepage and Internal Erosion (FEMA P-1032) to the public. This technical manual, sponsored by the
Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS), investigates the internal erosion
occurring at embankment dams and levees, and how it poses a threat of failure
and potential risk to public safety.
threat internal erosion through and under embankments poses, the manual
provides procedures and guidance for "best practices" concerning the
evaluation and monitoring of seepage and internal erosion. It also outlines
possible emergency response actions for short-term risk reduction and long-term
mitigation approaches based on federal agency practice.
document aims to summarize the vast body of information available on seepage
and internal erosion, and disseminate this information to dam safety
practitioners, specifically personnel familiar with embankment dams and levees.
The U.S. Department
of the Interiorís Bureau of Reclamation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
FEMA allocated significant resources to make the development of this manual
FEMA P-1032 is available online in the FEMA Library and will also be available for
order via CD from the FEMA Publication Warehouse.