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Dams and spillways are not designed to have people walking across them. Additionally, the fact that they are frequently submerged, at least partially, leads to the growth of moss and algae on dam structures. These attributes lead to the creation of slip hazards along low head dam crests, spillways, and other structures. Submerged, low head dams should never be used as a bridge to cross a body of water, as they are not designed to serve as such and this activity can lead to severe injuries or drownings. If the area of a dam has signs restricting access to the dam or prohibiting climbing, jumping, or diving, always obey the posted signs. If there is no signage present, it is still wise to avoid walking or standing on submerged dam structures.


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Revision Date: 11/18/2022