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Grants to Wisconsin Municipalities and Agencies for Dam Maintenance, Repair, Removal, and Abandonment

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Geographic Focus

USA: Wisconsin

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Municipal Dam Grant Program

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #166535

Grant Description

Grants to Wisconsin local governments and agencies for construction and engineering projects on dams owned by local municipalities. Funding is intended to support the repair, maintenance, reconstruction, and modification of dams to enhance safety, as well as to support dam removal and abandonment.

Cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes, and public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts (lake districts) may apply for grants to conduct projects on dams that they own. The owner must have the inspection directives or an administrative order that requires the dam safety project.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes, and public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts (lake districts) may apply for grants to conduct dam maintenance, repair, modification or abandonment and removal on dams that they own.

An applicant must own the entire dam or have permanent legal access for operation and maintenance to the specific piece of land on which the dam is physically located.

Private dam owners are not eligible to apply.

Dams that are inspected, approved and licensed by a federal agency under 18 CFR Part 12 are not eligible to receive funding. (NR 335.02(2)(b))

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted through the close of business on March 4, 2022. Applications received after March 4 are not eligible for consideration.

Application Submittal -- To be considered for grant funding, the completed application and all required attachments must be received by the department by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on the application due date.

Next Steps:

- March through May - Application review, scoring and ranking.
- Early June – Priority funding notification letters mailed.
- June – DNR water management engineers (WME) meet with applicants receiving a commitment for funding.
- June – December 1st Grant applicant must submit a permit application to reconstruct/repair or remove (including plans and specifications) the dam. Submit online at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Dams/permits.html
- Project bids are due within 90 days of the DNR WME plans and specifications approval date.
- The grant award agreement will be issued after the DNR WME bid approval notification to the applicant.

Mail or hand-deliver the completed application. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted – due to the generally large size of the dam grant application attachments.

For dams to be removed, it is required to submit a delineation of the 100-year floodplain upstream of the dam with the dam removed. These studies need to be conducted to the standards of chs. NR 333 and NR 116, Wis. Adm. Codes. It is strongly recommended that your engineering consultant contact Tanya Lourigan, State Dam Safety Engineer, prior to starting any analyses. Tanya can be also be contacted for information on how to hire a consultant to do this work.

The Municipal Dam grant program provides a cost-sharing opportunity. Funding sources outside the applicant's own resources can be used toward the local match for this grant.

Information about permits and approvals: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/dams/permits.html

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a maximum of $1,000,000

Dam repair/reconstruction/modification project grant awards will cover:

- 50 percent of the first $1,000,000 of eligible project costs;
- 25 percent of the next $2,000,000 of eligible project costs; and
- Dam abandonment and removal project grant awards will cover 100 percent of the first $1,000,000 of eligible project costs.

Contact Information:

Send applications to:

Wisconsin DNR
Municipal Dam Grant Manager - CF/2
PO Box 7921
101 S. Webster Street
Madison, WI 53707-7921

NOTE: If the application is hand-carried to the Department, deliver it to the DNR Customer Service Center, 1st floor, State Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, WI and make sure the application gets stamped with the date of delivery.

Wendy Peich, Dam Grant Manager
Wendy.Peich@wisconsin.gov
608-852-1358

Tanya Lourigan, Dam Safety & Floodplain Mapping
Section Chief
Tanya.Lourigan@wisconsin.gov
608-444-2089

To submit a permit application online to reconstruct/repair or remove the dam, see https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Dams/permits.html.

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