Communications/Actions from States and Chapters
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Extends Deadline For Floodplain Easement Assistance (3/27/09)
Natural Resources Conservation Service - News Release (3/09)
The Maine Office of GIS, Proposal to USGS for a portion of the stimulus funds dedicated to LiDAR data acquisition
NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program 2009 Fact Sheet - New Jersey
NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program 2009 Fact Sheet - New York
NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program 2009 Fact Sheet - Pennsylvania
Please forward (apologies for any cross posting): Signup for the NRCS Floodplain Easement Program ends this Friday, March 27th. Signup as been extended to April 10, 2009
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide up to $145 million to acquire and restore frequently flooded land to its natural state. No more than $30 million can be spent in any one state (properties in DE, NJ, PA and NY are eligible).
Who may be interested in this program?
Farmers, Landowners, Communities, Counties, all interested in Open Space preservation and floodplain restoration.
Who is eligible?
Landowners of floodplain land that has been impaired within the last 12 months or that have a history of repeated flooding (i.e., flooded at least two times during the past 10 years). Eligible land includes cropland, pasture and woodland. Some flood damaged houses and buildings may be eligible for this program, but they will likely be ranked low due to the limited funding and high costs relative to the floodplain function achieved.
What is the purpose of this program?
Permanent conservation easements. The conservation easement acquired by NRCS provides the authority for NRCS to restore and enhance the floodplain's functions and values to natural conditions to the greatest extent practicable. NRCS may pay up to 100 percent of the restoration costs.
How do I get more information?
How do I sign up?
Applications for EWPP easements will be accepted at USDA Service Centers between Monday March 9, 2009 and Friday March 27, 2009.
Landowners apply by filing an AD-1153, Application for Long-Term Contracted Assistance, and by providing NRCS with a copy of their land deed. Contact your USDA Service Center for further instruction.