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Flood Plain Easement - Recovery

NRCS New Jersey's Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

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Flood Plain Easement Recovery in New Jersey

Following a national evaluation, one New Jersey application was selected for easement acquisition and restoration. The project, located in the Raritan Basin, will restore floodplain function and values to 133 acres of agricultural land. The estimated project cost is $841,164. Work is underway to remove invasive species and plant over 16,000 trees and shrubs.

Update May 2010

planting in flood plainNRCS New Jersey completed restoration work on 27.6 acres within the flood plain easement purchased along the flood-prone Raritan River. Over 16,000 bare root native trees and shrubs were installed to enhance the existing riparian buffer and nearly 100 invasive trees were removed. 

NRCS plans to couple this restoration effort with adjacent land enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program project to work toward a goal of eventually restoring close to 400 acres of flood plain ecosystem.

Update April 2013

The project located in the Raritan Basin restored floodplain function and value to 133 acres of agricultural land. The easement cost $315,400.00, and restoration work cost $86,499.36. The landowner also worked with NRCS to combine this restoration effort with adjacent land enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program to restore close to 400 acres of floodplain ecosystem.


The benefits of the Recovery Act funding include a reduction in repetitive flood damages to cropland and an improvement in floodplain function and value. Also, in difficult economic times this project helped to keep a local family-run landscaping business in operation.