Individuals and communities across Texas are encouraged to apply for a recently-approved program for those impacted by flooding.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service reported $217.5 million has been dedicated to restoring conservation easements on certain property damaged by flooding and other natural disasters.
“Landowners across the United States have faced — and continue to face — significant challenges from flooding and natural disasters,” said Chief Matthew Lohr, Natural Resources Conservation Serv chief, in a release. “To provide relief and assist agricultural landowners during this difficult time, this easement program offers an option that alleviates the stress of operating in a floodplain while still retaining ownership of their property.”
Eligible applicants can volunteer to sell a permanent conservation easement to the U.S. through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Compensation is based on the value of the easement as determined by an appraisal or market analysis, according to a statement from the agency.
The easements may occur on public or private agricultural land or residential properties damaged by flooding and natural disasters. The Natural Resources Conservation Service will work to restore the easement to its natural floodplain condition.
Those interested in the program are encouraged to contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service field office for more information on the floodplain easement opportunities. A list of field offices can be found here.
Texas is one of 11 states chosen for the funding, along with Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
For more information or to apply, go here.