Virginia offers $1.25M in grants for dam safety projects

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Dam owners and local governments now have the option to apply for matching grants totaling $1.25 million from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund.

The fund is being managed by the Virginia Resources Authority on behalf of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

All grants are reimbursements and require a match of 50 percent.

The maximum amount per grant will be determined based on amounts requested for eligible projects, application scores and available funds.

“Dam safety is critical to public safety, and it should be everyone’s concern. These grants will help recipients take necessary steps to protect lives and property, while making communities more resilient to flooding. We encourage dam owners and localities across Virginia to apply.”

Clyde Cristman, Director the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

All requests must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2022.

The grants are offered in two categories:

Category 1

Up to $400,000 is available for engineering studies where the dam owner has received a letter of engagement from DCR stating the dam may be of regulatory size and additional steps are necessary to bring the dam into compliance with regulations.

Studies include:
– Dam break inundation zone analysis, mapping and digitization
–    Probable maximum precipitation impact analysis and certification
–    Emergency plan development 
–    Professional engineer inspection

Category 2

At least $850,000 is available for dam repairs, safety modifications and removals where these conditions apply:

–    The dam is classified as high hazard and regulated by DCR.
–    The dam has an approved and active Conditional or Regular Operation and Maintenance Certificate or General Permit on file with DCR at the time of application.
–    The dam has approved plans and specifications along with the approved alteration permit on file with DCR at the time of application.
–    The proposed project brings the dam into full compliance with dam safety regulations.
–    Removal of an unsafe dam will not result in a replacement impounding structure.

For additional information about the grant program, click here or call 804-371-6095.

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