New Hampshire will offer a new federal grant program to rehabilitate some of its dozens of so-called “high hazard” dams – ones that would threaten life and property if they failed.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency launched the program this year, giving New Hampshire close to half a million dollars to give to towns, nonprofits and dam owners.
It’ll be used to plan rehabilitation projects for dams the state says could be deadly or destructive, inundating homes, if they malfunctioned.
The state has more than 3,000 dams overall, most of them privately owned. The Association of Dam Safety Officials reports that as of 2018, about 160 of those dams had “high hazard potential.”