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EWP Floodplain Easements

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Three Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program Floodplain Easements were acquired with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Kansas Projects: 3
Federal Funding: $2,072,928

Project Title: Independence-Sugar Watershed – FPE Project
County Location: Doniphan

The easement encompasses 564 acres of Missouri river bottom land that had been damaged by flooding five times in the past twelve years. This project helped restore the privately owned land, which is contiguous with 3 miles of the Missouri river, to its natural functions and values by converting cropland to native grass and trees. In addition, portions of a small, private riverbank berm were removed.

Project Title: Middle Neosho Watershed – FPE Project
County location: Labette

The easement encompasses 48 acres of Neosho River bottom land that has been damaged by flooding at least five times in the past decade. This project restored 48 acres of privately owned land, which is contiguous with nearly 1 mile of the Neosho river, to its natural functions and values by converting cropland to native grass and trees.

Project Title: Cow Watershed – FPE Project
County location: Rice

This 223 acre project protects and enhances the natural functions and conditions of the floodplain of Cow Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River. The easement area is located at the junction of two of the larger creeks in the county. Restoration entailed native tree plantings in damaged sections along both creeks, with the remaining acreage, now in the Conservation Reserve Program, being maintained in native grass.