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The Dam Safety Program is administered by the Division's Dam Safety Branch. The branch consists of two units; one is the Design Review and Construction Inspection Unit, and the other is the Dam Safety Engineering Unit. The program is managed by a Chief Engineer, who develops program goals and objectives and is responsible for deciding the kind and extent of engineering programs needed to accomplish the objectives, and to assure they are being met. The branch carries out two principal duties of the State Engineer: to determine the safe storage level of the reservoir dams in the state (see our Safety of Existing Dams section); and to approve the plans and specifications for the construction and repair of Jurisdictional dams (see our Design and Construction section).  All persons requesting access to dam files should submit their requests per our Public Access to Dam Files and Records policy.