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FEMA Changes Funding Policies to Allow for Dam and Levee Projects

Freese and Nichols is currently following a recent policy change in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs that would make funding available for dam and levee work.

The new policy, titled “Eligibility of Flood Risk Reduction Measures under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs,” available here, changes current guidance documents to allow for the construction, demolition, or mitigation of dams, dikes, levees, floodwalls, seawalls, groins, jetties, breakwaters and erosion projects related to beach nourishment or re-nourishment under two of its programs. The two programs affected are the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The PDM Grant Program is available annually, while the HMGP is only available following a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Both programs typically offer 75 percent federal cost share to a 25 percent local community match. The local communities must have a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (HMAP), and the project must be cost beneficial per FEMA benefit-cost analysis requirements.

We are currently investigating several aspects related to scoring, eligible activities and requirements.

We will post blog articles as further details regarding potential FEMA dam and levee funding opportunities are released. If you have questions or would like to discuss potential project ideas, please contact Funding Specialist Jill Trevino, P.E., CFM, at Funding@freese.com.

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