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USDA Funding For Hurricane Sandy Victims



(NAFB)--To help victims of Hurricane Sandy and prevent future damage in flood-prone areas of the Northeast - USDA is providing roughly 19.2-million dollars in funding for floodplain easements through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Secretary Tom Vilsack says as the department helps residents overcome the tragic devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy - they can also work together to improve resilience and protect folks from flooding and other threats in the years to come. He says this funding is helping residents ensure that when disaster strikes - all possible measures have been taken to mitigate damage from floods, protect communities and save lives. A total of approximately 400 acres are covered by this announcement. USDA will accept another round of applications for easement funds starting next month. Interested landowners can contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more about the program and submit an application.

When lands are enrolled into the NRCS floodplain easements program - homes, structures, dikes or other obstacles to water flow are removed - allowing water to move naturally across floodplains when streams and rivers rise beyond their banks. USDA says the restoration of these perpetual easements not only helps prevent flooding - but improves conditions for wildlife. For easements on open or agricultural land - the landowner retains ownership and several other rights - including the right to use the land for recreational purposes.

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