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Ring Dike Funding Available

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The United States Department of Agriculture will help pay for ring dikes in the Red River Valley.  Homeowners and farmers need to sign up by May 20th.  The project will pay for up to 75% of the cost of building the dikes.

Full news release from the USDA: 

BISMARCK, ND, April 24, 2011 ----- In an effort to improve water quality in flood prone areas, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is targeting $500,000 in financial assistance through the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) for installation or enhancement of "ring dikes" around farmsteads. 

"These funds will go a long way in helping to protect many North Dakota farmsteads from future flooding," says Lance Yohe, Executive Director for the Red River Basin Commission, a partner in this effort. "The Commission is very pleased that the NRCS has chosen to target flood mitigation in North Dakota. It's good for both rural residents and the health of the region's environment."

The period to sign-up for the funding will conclude on May 20, 2011.  Interested agricultural producers should submit applications at their local NRCS field office.  Agricultural producers will be eligible to receive up to 75 percent of the cost of building the dike to protect their farmstead.  Beginning, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers are eligible to receive up to 90 percent of the cost of dike installation.

"Ring dikes are earthen structures that protect the farmstead from overland flooding, hence reducing potential chemical, hydrocarbons, and ag wastes from entering flood waters, and therefore, impairing water quality," says NRCS Acting State Conservationist Jack Russell.  Technical assistance is also available for engineering the design and implementation of the dikes.

Voluntary programs like AWEP, which provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers, are the key to helping producers meet their conservation goals and to provide the public with important benefits such as cleaner water, improved air quality, healthy soils and abundant wildlife.  AWEP has been reauthorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.

For additional information about AWEP, contact your local NRCS office or visit http://www.nd.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/AWEP/11_AWEP.html.

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