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Owners to Reduce Aquatic Trail Hazards and Improve Habitats

Dam Mitigation - Low-head Dam Public Hazard Program Cost-share Grant

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Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Iowa government agencies, individuals, corporations, and other dam owners to reduce the dangers on aquatic trails improve habitats. The goal of the program is to minimize hazards by installing warning signs, constructing portage trails, and modifying or removing low-head dams. When possible, applicants should include fish passages, recreational improvements, or stream habitat restoration in their projects.

Small project eligibility: Proposals resulting in exploratory and information gathering and recommendations are eligible. Examples include, but are not limited to, hydrology/hydraulic studies or models, cultural review, public outreach, planning, environmental, engineering feasibility studies.

Medium project eligibility: Proposals with scope resulting in restoration/ engineering design at least to preliminary design level, preferably to the permitted level. Construction costs related to modification or removal of hazardous dams. Note that requests for project elements eligible under “D1. Exploratory” can be included in the same application.

Large project eligibility: Proposals resulting in contracted construction costs, biddable construction plans and specifications, and contracted inspection costs related to modification or removal of hazardous dams. Requests should not exceed the total amount listed on the DNR website that is allocated to the grant program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 135077

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Dam warning signage system or portage projects: Warning signage and dam portage projects can receive up to 50 percent state cost-share, with a maximum of $50,000 program share per project site.

Exploratory phase dam mitigation projects: Exploratory-phase projects can be considered for proposed program requests up to $20,000. The maximum program cost-share is 50 percent.

Medium and large dam mitigation projects: Medium to large projects shall include proposed program requests over $20,000. The maximum state cost-share is 50 percent.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be applied to intended use within three years of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local governments (cities, counties, and their agencies), state agencies, corporations, individuals, and other dam owners are eligible applicants.

Other entities may apply for funds on behalf of the dam owner, but must show a signed agreement with the dam-owning entity(ies) that allows the partner entity to act as the agent for the dam owner.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is September 16, 2022.

Applications will be scored within 45 days of the application deadline. Applicants will receive notification of the date and will be invited to attend the scoring committee meeting. Commission approval will be within 45 days of the scoring committee meeting.

Sponsors shall provide at least fifty percent of the funds required to complete any project. Cost sharing funds may include local, private, federal or other state funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to:
Nate Hoogeveen
Iowa DNR
502 E 9TH ST
Des Moines IA 50319

Questions may be addressed to:
Nate Hoogeveen, River Programs

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