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Thursday, July 25, 2013

18 Superstorm Sandy Counties Eligible

 18 Superstorm Sandy Counties Eligible

NRCS is accepting applications for EWP-FPE until Sept. 2, 2013. Funds are only available in the following 18 eligible Pennsylvania counties where a major disaster was declared pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act due to Hurricane Sandy: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Northampton, Pike, Monroe, Dauphin, Juniata, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Somerset, Potter, Cameron, Forest, Sullivan, and Wyoming.

Interested landowners should contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more about the program and submit an application prior to the Sept. 2nd deadline. More information is also available on the NRCS floodplain easement website.

Easement program to help Pennsylvania recover from Hurricane Sandy, prevent damages from future flooding

HARRISBURG, PA, July 18, 2013– USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing up to $124.8 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easement (EWP-FPE) funding to help protect property in Pennsylvania and other states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“Restoring these ecosystems ensures they are resilient to future threats and impacts,” says Denise Coleman, State Conservationist. “NRCS purchases the permanent easements on eligible lands and restores the area to natural conditions. A healthy floodplain enhances fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, flood water retention and ground water recharge.”   Read more...

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