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Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dam Grant Program

The President signed the “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” or the “WIIN Act,” on December 16, 2016, which adds a new grant program under FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program (33 U.S.C. 467f). Section 5006 of the Act, Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams, provides technical, planning, design, and construction assistance in the form of grants for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams.

High Hazard Potential is a classification standard for any dam whose failure or mis-operation will cause loss of human life and significant property destruction.

In Fiscal Year 2019, FEMA was appropriated $10 million to implement the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) Grant Program. For FY2019, the HHPD will provide assistance for planning and other pre-construction activities.

To view the Notice of Funding Opportunity please visit: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316238.

Questions? Email the helpline at FEMA-NDSP-HHPDGrants@fema.dhs.gov.

Who Can Apply?

‘Non-federal sponsors,’ as defined in the statute as non-federal governments and nonprofit organizations. Projects shall be approved by the dam safety agency in the state where the dam is located.

For additional application requirement guidance visit: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/178955.

 

Eligible High Hazard Potential Dams

Non-federal dams that:

  • Are located in a state or territory with a state/territory dam safety program;
  • Are classified as 'high hazard potential' by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located;
  • has an emergency action plan approved by the state or territory dam safety agency; and
  • the state or territory in which the dam is located determines either of these criteria-- the dam fails to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory; and the dam poses an unacceptable risk to the public.

Eligible high hazard potential dam does not include:

  • a licensed hydroelectric dam; or
  • a dam built under the federal authority of the Secretary of Agriculture.

:•Be located in a state or territory with a state/territory dam safety program;•Be classified as ‘high hazard potential’ by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located;•Have an emergency action plan approved by the state or territory dam safety agency•Fails to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory; and the dam poses an unacceptable risk to the public.The following dams are not elgible for HHPD funding: •Federally owned dams • Hydroelectric dam licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission•Dam built under the federal authority of the Secretary of Agriculture.

Eligible Activities

For FY2019, the HHPD will provide assistance for planning and other pre-construction activities toward:

  1. Repair;
  2. Removal; or
  3. Structural/nonstructural rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams.

None of the funds shall be used:

  1. To rehabilitate a federal dam;
  2. To perform routine operation or maintenance of a dam;
  3. To modify a dam to produce hydroelectric power;
  4. To increase water supply storage capacity; or
  5. To make any other modification to a dam that does not also improve the safety of a dam.

For additional grant resource visit: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/178955.

Applicant Requirements

  • The state, territory, or county where the dam is located must participate in, and comply with, all applicable federal flood insurance programs;
  • Have in place a hazard mitigation plan that includes all dam risks;
  • Commit to provide operation and maintenance of the project for the 50-year period following completion of rehabilitation (or the expected life of the dam);
  • Meet FEMA's minimum eligibility requirements to ensure that each owner and operator of a dam is under a participating state or territory dam safety program. (i) The owner and operator will act in accordance with this dam safety program; and (ii) carries out activities relating to the public in accordance with the hazard mitigation plan;
  • Comply with the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 42 section 5196(j)(9) – All laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the performing construction through this grant shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor;
  • Have a floodplain management plan in place to reduce the impacts of future flood events in the area protected by the project – or- demonstrate that it will be in place no later than one year after the date of completion of construction of the project.

For additional grant resource visit: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/178955.

Additional Resources

For additional resources please visit the following HHPD Grant Resource documents.

 

Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) Grant Program Fact Sheet

The Rehabilitation of HHPD Grant Program Fact Sheet provides a general overview of the program and its eligibility requirements.

 

Rehabilitation of HHPD Grant Program FAQ

The Rehabiliation HHPD Grant Program FAQ is a compilation of the most frequently asked questions/answers regarding the grant program.

 

HHPD Grant Program Checklist

The Rehabilitation of HHPD Grant Program Checklist provides the required actions needed when applying for an award under this program.

Questions? Email the helpline at FEMA-NDSP-HHPDGrants@fema.dhs.gov.  

 

 

Last Updated: 
07/18/2019 - 14:13