Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Manager Caitlin Stewart has sent Hamilton County towns information from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that will help rebuild our communities.
Attached is the DEC municipal general permit that authorizes repairs and replacement of structures, as well as information about the Emergency Watershed Protection program (EWP). DEC staff said this permit will be expedited once they receive the completed form.
Hamilton County has been included in an Emergency Declaration by Blake Glover, NRCS State Conservationist, for the initiation of the Emergency Watershed Protection program in response to the storms that hit our area Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 2019. Individual homeowners and private property owners are eligible for the program, but an agency (county, town, or village municipality) must pursue funds. This is a cost share program of 75% federal and 25% local match. In-kind services, town funds, or local landowner payments can all be used as match.
Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Technician Lenny Croote is currently inventorying damage, and SWCD staff members are taking phone calls and emails and creating a list of landowners who need post-storm assistance. We are working with our NRCS District Conservationist Tom Bielli to establish a list and photos of private property damage so this information is ready if municipalities wish to apply for funding.
Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
103 County View Drive • PO BOX 166
Lake Pleasant NY 12108