$33 million available for U.S. dam safety

FEMA boosts climate resilience, emergency management

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced $33 million in grant funding to enhance dam safety efforts across the United States. The intention is to help protect communities from flooding, avoid costs from future disaster, and strengthen resilience to climate change.

$22 million is available through the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams program. Non-federal governments and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for technical, planning, design and construction assistance to rehabilitate eligible high hazard potential dams.

About $11 million is available through the National Dam Safety State Assistance Grant program. This support is designated to help state dam safety officers to establish and maintain effective state programs that ensure dam safety and protect human life and property. Each eligible state or territory may submit only one grant application.

“Aging and deteriorating dams in America cannot compete with the impacts of climate change,” said Deanne Criswell, FEMA Administrator. With increasing frequency and intensity of storms, the safety of downstream populations from America’s dams “is paramount to the resilience of our neighborhoods.”

Eligibility requirements of non-federal dams are listed below:

  • Located in a state or territory with a dam safety program
  • Classified as high hazard potential by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located
  • With a current, approved emergency action plan by the state or territorial dam safety agency
  • Failing to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory or poses an unacceptable risk to the public

The application period for fiscal year 2022 funding opportunities is May 16 through July 15. Interested organizations are encouraged to review the announcement on the FEMA website: www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/dam-safety