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USDA Floodplain Easement Funding Available To Ohio Landowners

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The deadline to receive fiscal year 2024 funding is March 15, 2024.

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. Applications for EWPP-FPE are taken on a continuous basis. The deadline to receive fiscal year 2024 funding is March 15, 2024. 

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. Owners will continue to enjoy limited property rights including:

• The right to quiet enjoyment

• The right to control public access

• The right to undeveloped recreational use such as fishing or hunting.

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. Increased floodplain storage also offers water quality benefits such as reduced sediment and nutrient loading. 

Find Ohio’s ranking dates as well as other program information on the Ohio NRCS Floodplain Easement webpage or contact Christopher Eidson at Christopher.Eidson@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.