The Maryland Department of the Environment’s Dam Safety Program has the responsibility of ensuring that all dams are designed, constructed, and maintained safely to prevent failures or the consequence of failure. Dams that meet certain criteria can be reviewed by the local soil conservation district and issued small pond approval. These ponds at a minimum must not exceed hazard class “a”, the embankment must not be greater than (20) twenty feet (as measured from the top of the dam to the upstream toe of dam) and the drainage area is less than one square mile (640 acres).
Ponds submitted for small pond approval must be prepared according to the St. Mary’s SCD small pond approval guidelines and the Maryland Standards and Specifications for Ponds (MD378). Additional information may be found in the Maryland Stormwater Design Manual.