Contact your local USDA-NRCS office to start the application process. NRCS will need the following documentation to process your application:
Application for Long-Term Contract Assistance through the EWP-FPE Program, NRCS Form AD-1153
Proof of ownership (a copy of the ownership vesting deed)
Documentation of flood damage and proof that damage was a result of Hurricane Sandy. Acceptable evidence includes insurance claims, photos, newspapers of other publication clippings, or any other documentation that links the property’s flood damage to Hurricane Sandy.
Legal documentation of signature authority such as Power of Attorney, CCC-901 or CCC-902, or other legal documentation granting signature authority on behalf of the applicant or entity. (This is not applicable if the landowner is signing on behalf of him- or her-self.)
Projects that will require the relocation or demolition of residences or structures in residential housing areas must include evidence, in writing, that a project sponsor is willing to buy the remaining land in fee title.
If the landowner is an entity, the entity must also provide:
List of individuals comprising the entity and percent ownership of each member
Legal documentation of signature authority
Poof entity is legal, valid, and in good standing in New Jersey
*Note: All applicants must be willing to comply with the terms of the NRCS LTP 20 warranty easement deed (pdf, 116 kb), any other agreements that might be necessary to complete the purchase, and restoration of the easement, including the demolition or removal of structures present on the property. NRCS will regard an applicant’s signature on the AD-1153 as verification that the EWP-FPE terms have been fully explained and the applicant is willing to comply with the terms of the deed.*
What to expect after you application has been submitted
Floodplain easements restore, protect, maintain and enhance the functions of floodplains while conserving their natural values such as fish and wildlife habitat, water, quality, flood water retention and ground water recharge. Structures, including buildings within the floodplain easement must be demolished and removed, or relocated outside the 100-year floodplain or dam breach inundation area. The easement area will be restored to the maximum extent practicable to its natural condition. Applications will be ranked and funded based on the applicability of restoring the floodplain.