Rye Brook Emergency Watershed Protection Program Signup
In response to severe flooding resulting from Hurricane Ida, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering the Floodplain Easement Component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (FPE) to landowners of residential properties in the Village of Rye Brook (Village) located on Brook Lane, north of Sunset Road, that received significant damage from the flooding of Blind Brook.
Through the FPE, eligible applicants voluntarily agree to sell a permanent conservation easement to the United States through NRCS and the remaining fee title to the Village Compensation is determined by an appraisal. These easements may occur on nonagricultural lands with residences damaged by flooding and natural disasters. NRCS and the Village of Rye Brook will work together to restore the easement to its natural floodplain condition.
NRCS employees and representatives from the Village will be reaching out to the landowners within the identified area, with further information regarding FPE and guidance for program signup. Those who are interested in applying for the program will have until Monday, October 31, 2022 to submit applications to NRCS.