Program Purpose: To improve the safety and condition of publicly owned dams and water level control structures.
Eligible Projects: Dam reconstruction, repair, and removal.
Who May Apply: Cities, counties, townships, watershed districts
Priorities: Priority is given to:
1. The improvement of important or hazardous dams
2. The removal of abandoned and nonfunctional dams.
Level of Assistance: Reimbursement of costs, up to 50% for repairs, up to 100% for removals. Grants have ranged from $25,000 to $1,000,000
General Information: The program is authorized by Minnesota Statutes 103G.511 and was created in 1978 in response to the federal Dam Safety Act.
How to Apply: For information contact the local DNR Waters office or contact:
Jason Boyle, State Dam Safety Engineer
DNR Division of Waters
500 Lafayette Road, Box 32
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 259-5715
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