Dam Removal and Modification

Performance Area: Waters and Watersheds

Cumulative number of unsafe or unsound dams removed or modified


Why Is This Important?

Removal or modification of dams and restoration of stream function and stability eliminates safety hazards and improves property values, fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, water availability and recreational value


What Is DNR Doing?

The DNR’s dam safety program provides information and funding for removing (up to 100% of costs) or modifying (up to 50% of costs) dams. The DNR has helped remove or modify dams and has completed numerous river restorations since 1984. For additional information on stream restoration see the number of river and stream restoration projects indicator.