In the arid climates of the American west, large dams and reservoirs are essential to water supply systems. While not having quite the need for large impoundments required in the west, states to the east utilize thousands of dams for water supply. GEOTILL engineers have been a national leaders of the dam safety and dam engineering profession. By storing water behind dams it is possible to regulate the use of water by capturing runoff during the rainy season and releasing it during drier parts of the year, or even moving it from watersheds to areas where demand exceeds supply. Dams have been a critical part of man’s infrastructure dating back to the earliest civilizations, yet their design, construction and beneficial use continues to evolve today through society’s needs and engineering ingenuity.