Easement Program To Help Connecticut Recover from Sandy

Jul 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Climate Change

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing up to $124.8 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easement (EWP-FPE) funding to help prevent damages from significant storm events in Connecticut and other states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

sandy-floodplain-femaFloodplains store water, helping to protect lands downstream from future flood damage. When the health and integrity of the lands deteriorate, so do the environmental, economic, and social benefits they provide. “Restoring these ecosystems ensures our lands are resilient to future threats and impacts,” NRCS State Conservationist Lisa Coverdale said.

NRCS purchases the permanent easements on eligible lands and restores the area to natural conditions. A healthy floodplain enhances fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, flood water retention, and ground water recharge.

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