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Disaster Assistance to Producers and Communities Affected by Extreme Weather

News Release - Indiana

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

6013 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN  46278

Indianapolis, IN, Jan. 23, 2012–State Conservationist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Indiana Jane Hardisty announced today that disaster assistance is available to help with recovery after the 2011 spring flooding in Daviess County. Funds are being made available through the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP), which provides both financial and technical assistance, and the ability to contract the heavy construction work to local contractors, spurring creation of jobs.


This announcement follows USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s news conference last Wednesday stating $215.7 million dollars would be available in to help farmers, landowners, communities, and others recover and rebuild in 33 states and Puerto Rico after a year in which natural disasters swept the nation. Typical projects funded under EWP include removing debris from waterways, protecting eroded stream banks, reseeding damaged areas, and in some cases, purchasing floodplain easements on eligible land.

Indiana will receive $195,827 to repair the flooding damage to the main channel of Prairie Creek. The channel is part of a major flood prevention and drainage project constructed in the 1960’s through a partnership with the Prairie Creek Conservancy District and the NRCS to protect communities in and around the town of Washington. The Conservancy District will serve as the local sponsor for the EWP repairs which will stabilize the eroded channel banks to prevent further damage to the channel. 

“Individuals and communities around the country have endured incredible hardships because of the intensity and volume of natural disasters that have impacted their livelihoods," said Hardisty. "EWP funds help rebuild communities and provide a safety net to sustain American agriculture with direct financial support and technical assistance. This funding will allow us to work with our local partners to not only repair flood damages and protect water quality, but to keep our farmers on the farm and landowners on their land, helping to keep Indiana agriculture profitable."

For information about other NRCS conservation programs, visit, or visit the nearest USDA Service Center in your area.  To locate your nearest NRCS office, visit


Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist, 317.290.3200 x 301 (

Mike Cox, State Conservation Engineer, 317.290.3200 x 353 (

Rebecca Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, 317.290.3200 x 325 (

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