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NRCS NY Announces Sign Up for Emergency Funding To Restore Flood-Prone Lands in Whitesboro NY

New York, September 3, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Announces Sign Up for Emergency Funding to Restore Flood-Prone Lands in the Town of Whitestown New York. 

In response to severe flooding as a result of the 2019 Halloween Storm, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering the Floodplain Easement Component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP/FPE) to landowners of residential properties in the Village of Whitesboro north of Oriskany Boulevard that have been subjected to significant repetitive damage due to flooding from Sauquoit Creek. 

“We are committed to the Town of Whitestown and its citizens, whom have shown great resilience in the wake of this storm and storm events in previous years, by partnering with the Town to address the damage left by the 2019 Halloween Storm,” Blake Glover, NRCS State Conservationist, said. “Together we will work to restore the floodplain to address future flooding events, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and improve water quality. 

Through the Floodplain Easement Component (FPE), eligible applicants voluntarily agree to sell a permanent conservation easement to the United States through NRCS and the remaining fee title to the Sponsor. Compensation is determined by an appraisal. These easements may occur on nonagricultural lands with residences damaged by flooding and natural disasters. NRCS and the Town of Whitestown will work together to restore the easement to its natural floodplain condition.

NRCS employees and representatives from the Town of Whitestown 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 November 13, 2020 to submit applications to NRCS.  Please visit the NRCS national EWPP/FPE web site at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/landscape/ewpp/?cid=nrcs143_008216  or call 315-477-6504. 

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