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Funding Dam Removals in New Jersey

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Generally, a dam removal involves multiple funding partners. Several programs that provide funding for dam removals will be discussed.

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Join us for a presentation and follow-up conversation with representatives that have funded dam removals in New Jersey. Generally, a dam removal involves multiple funding partners. There are several programs that provide funding for dam removal projects; the reason for removing a dam (habitat improvement, public safety, flooding) may make a project eligible for certain funding sources and ineligible for others.

Federal agencies often support dam removal projects including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE). Natural resource damage settlements and required mitigation can also provide funding opportunities for dam removal projects. Of course, the dam owner may also contribute to the costs associated with removing their dam. In some instances, settlement of state or federal natural resource damage claims can be a source of dam removal funds. Some examples of funding sources used in recent dam removals in New Jersey include:

NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Office of Natural Resource Restoration)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund

Municipalities/Counties

Donations from private funders

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