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USDA Floodplain Easement Funding Available To Ohio Landowners

Apply By February 17, 2023
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Apply By February 17, 2023 to USDA Floodplain Easement Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from landowners interested in Emergency Watershed Protection Program – Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE) to protect lives and property from flooding or soil erosion after a natural disaster. Applications for EWPP-FPE are taken on a continuous basis. The deadline to receive fiscal year 2023 funding is February 17, 2023.

A floodplain easement is a reserved interest in the land defined in a deed where the landowner conveys specific property rights to NRCS but retains ownership, title, and interest in the property. NRCS may purchase floodplain easements as an emergency measure, and NRCS will only purchase easements from landowners on a voluntary basis.

“Floodplain easements offer vital recovery options for local communities to help reduce hazards to life and property caused by major storms by restoring and protecting a floodplain’s natural hydrology and native vegetation,” said John Wilson, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. 

Find Ohio’s ranking dates as well as other program information on the Ohio NRCS Floodplain Easement webpage or contact Barbara Baker at barbara.baker2@usda.gov. To learn more about other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or contact your local USDA Service Center