The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today that the application deadline for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program – Floodplain Easements has been extended to April 18, 2014.
“Private lands and those owned by local and state governments are eligible if they are located in a floodplain that is not subject to tidal influence or action from storm waves. The land must also meet one of the following requirements:
- Damaged by flooding at least once within the previous calendar year or damaged by flooding at least twice in the past 10 years (in both cases, the land must have been flooded during Sandy);
- Would contribute to the restoration of flood storage and flow, provide for control of erosion, or improve the practical management of the floodplain easement; or
- Could be inundated or adversely impacted as a result of a dam breach.
Easement compensation rates and ranking priorities vary by location and depend on where the land is in the floodplain and how it is used. The program easements are permanent in term. Lands with structures, such as homes, are eligible for enrollment as well as lands that are open or used for agriculture. If a structure is present, NRCS will cost-share the removal or demolition of that structure and enroll the remaining lot in a permanent easement.
Interested landowners should contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more about the program and submit an application prior to the April 18, 2014 deadline. More information is also available on the NRCS floodplain easement website.”
The program is open to all eligible New Jersey landowners. For more information and eligibility requirements, please follow the links below.