DEC: Federal funds available to help fix dams | Local News

ALBANY — A total of $650,000 in grant funding is now available to assist eligible dam owners with infrastructure repair costs.

The funding is through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s High Hazard Potential Dam grant program. The DEC is now accepting applications for grants to assist with technical, planning, design, and other pre-construction activities associated with the rehabilitation of eligible “High Hazard” dams.

“Ensuring dam safety is a top priority for DEC and we encourage eligible dam owners to take advantage of this important funding,” said DEC Commissioner Seggos in a news release. “The grants announced today will support pre-construction engineering and design activities as part of an overall program to help municipal and non-profit owners of High Hazard dams make necessary repairs and improve public safety.”

New York State’s High Hazard dam classification refers to the potential for damage upon a dam’s failure, not its likelihood of failure. A High Hazard dam means failure may result in widespread or serious damage to homes, main highways, industrial or commercial buildings, railroads, and/or important utilities, including water supply, sewage treatment, fuel, power, cable, or telephone infrastructure.

It may also mean substantial environmental damage, such that the loss of human life or widespread substantial economic loss is likely. New York State has 425 dams classified as High Hazard.

Local governmental entities and municipalities, including but not limited to counties, cities, towns, and villages, and not-for-profit corporations with dam projects in New York state are eligible to apply. Projects must be in a county with an approved hazard mitigation plan.

Projects and applicants must meet additional eligibility criteria. A total of $650,000 in grants is available, with awards up to $100,000 per project.

The deadline for applications is June 11.

Requests for Applications are available online through the NYS Grants Gateway. The Grants Gateway is a web-based grant management system that streamlines the way grants are administered.

All grant applicants, including government agencies and not-for-profit corporations, must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for any state grant opportunity. Not-for-profit applicants are required to “prequalify” in the Grants Gateway system.

For more information about Grants Gateway, please visit the Grants Management website or contact the Grants Gateway Team at: [email protected].

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