The funding is available through President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and includes both technical and financial assistance. Funding will create jobs through restoration efforts to restore frequently flood-prone areas back to their natural state.
“This funding is important to helping revitalize our economy and at the same time recover land damaged or threatened by flooding,” said NRCS state conservationist Kevin Norton.
Floodplains generate many public benefits, such as increased flood protection, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat, improved water quality and a reduced need for future public disaster assistance. Other benefits include reduced energy consumption when certain agricultural activities and practices are eliminated and increased carbon sequestration as permanent native vegetative cover is re-established.
For eligibility requirements landowners should contact their local NRCS field office or visit NRCS on the web at www.la.nrcs.usda.gov. All eligible landowners in Louisiana are encouraged to sign-up for the funding by visiting their local NRCS office. The sign-up, originally announced March 7, will close March 10. For NRCS field office contact information, visit NRCS at www.la.nrcs.usda.gov.