(12/20/13) Municipal Flood Control grants are now available MADISON –The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications for the Municipal Flood Control grant program.
Cities, villages, towns, tribal governments and metropolitan sewerage districts are eligible to apply.
The grant program helps eligible parties minimize flooding and flood-related damages by acquiring property and removing structures to create permanent open space, flood proofing structures, creating open-space flood storage areas, constructing flood control structures and restoring the flood-carrying capacity and natural and beneficial functions of watercourses.
Eligible projects include property acquisition and removal of structures, which due to zoning restrictions, cannot be rebuilt, property acquisition and removal of structures in the 100-year floodplain, property acquisition and removal of repetitive loss or substantially damaged structure, property acquisition and removal of flood damaged structures, flood proofing and flood elevation project in the 100- year floodplain that will remain in the 100-year flood plain and a Riparian Restoration project on a watercourse:
(1) dam or artificial obstruction removal,
(2) fish and native plant habitat restoration and
(3) erosion control and stream bank restoration.
Additional eligible projects include acquisition of vacant land for flood water control/storage or flood water flowage easement, flood control detention pond and flood studies and flood mapping projects.
The maximum grant amount is approximately $625,000 for one applicant (applicant defined as one city or town, etc.) Check the website listed below before the deadline date approaches, as this number may increase. The state share is 70 percent of project eligible cost with total funding of $3.4 million. This is strictly a reimbursement program. The project period is from Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2016. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 17, 2014.