Dam Mitigation & Safety
Communities around Iowa have embraced the idea that replacing high maintenance and failing dams with lower-cost, safer alternatives can also be great for the river and fishing, while better serving recreational needs of today’s Iowans. Iowa DNR’s dam mitigation team listens first to all concerned, and then assists communities to arrive at a project that best fits.
Dam Mitigation Grants Available
The Iowa Legislature appropriated funds for fiscal year 2015 for the development of dam mitigation and water trail projects. A portion the funds are available competitively for dam mitigation cost-share grants. Dam owners and other eligible entities are encouraged to apply for cost-share assistance for projects that reduce recreational hazards and enhance aquatic species connectivity. For guidance on how projects might be approached, please read “Solving Dam Problems: Iowa’s 2010 Plan for Dam Mitigation” and/or “Developing Water Trails in Iowa.”
Application form: Dam Mitigation Grant Application
Application Form: Dam Mitigation Grant Application
Application post-mark deadline: December 15, 2014
Total amount available: $500,000
The Klondike Dam to Rapids Conversion
The Klondike Dam to rapids conversion project was completed in May, 2013. It involved removing the dam and construction a rapids that pools water to the same elevation of the dam to maintain water supply for a rural water system. The area is now safer, more accessible, and allows fish to pass upstream at both low and high water.