The DNR - Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the safety of dams.
The department has the power to regulate the construction, reconstruction, repair,
alteration, removal, abandonment, and operation of dams.
The department may in an emergency take any necessary actions, including repair,
drawdown, breaching or cessation of operation to protect public safety,
natural resources and the public trust.
Michigan laws regarding dam safety
USGS topography map of the Shiatown Dam and surrounding land
( click on the picture with mouse for a larger view)
The Shiatown Dam is 19 feet high - the water drops 19ft from reservoir to spillway