News Release


Arthur Ramthun

(860) 871-4030

NRCS Holds Special Meetings for Coastal Town Officials - Easements for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Following Super Storm Sandy in late 2012, the Federal Government – through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the affected states – made available $125 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program Floodplain Easement (EWP-FPE) Initiative.

In Connecticut, NRCS held a sign-up period for landowners in the designated coastal areas; they were able to apply for floodplain easements to be purchased on the affected land in order to restore it to its natural condition. If accepted, landowners will receive 100% of the easement value for their property. This initiative not only helps landowners who were victims of this storm, but may also prevent against future damage from other storms.

With more than $100 million in funding still available, NRCS recently announced a 2nd sign-up period for the EWP-FPE Initiative. All affected states are once again accepting applications. (Landowners must apply through their town.) The application period closes April 18, 2014.

In Connecticut, NRCS will hold three informational meetings for coastal town officials, who may attend any of the sessions.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
USDA Service Center
51 Mill Pond Road
Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 287-8038
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
USDA Service Center
Yantic River Plaza, 238 West Town Street
Norwich, CT  06360
(860) 887-3604
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Westport Town Hall – Auditorium
110 Myrtle Ave
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 341-1000
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Topics will include land eligibility, sponsor requirements, and resources available.

Should you have questions or wish to RSVP, please contact Arthur Ramthun (860) 871-4030 ( or Carol Donzella (203) 287-8038, Ext. 100 (