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USDA Funding to Help Communities Rebuild After Fire, Flood Damage

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that Pennsylvania will receive $210,000 of financial and technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help communities rebuild and repair damage caused by flooding, drought and other natural disasters.

The $210,000 allocated for Pennsylvania is part of $19.7 million assigned for 26 states by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The USDA had already distributed $215 million earlier this year, but decided to announce additional funding after states expressed need for assistance.

The funds will be made available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, in association with local sponsors such as municipals or counties. Projects included in EWP funding include removing debris from waterways, protecting eroded stream banks, and other similar projects.

"Congress set up EWP to respond to natural disaster emergencies," Shuster said. "The allocation of these funds, which Congress appropriated, means the EWP is doing its job to assist constituents needlessly affected from natural disasters.

"It is important the USDA continues to respond to the needs of rural Americans," Shuster added.


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