MOOSE JAW, SASK. – Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency (WSA) is offering a cost-sharing rebate to assist communities in implementing proactive flood damage prevention and reduction measures.
The Flood Damage Reduction Program (FDRP) will support cities, towns, villages and hamlets at risk of recurrent flood damage, a government release said.
“Although it is very dry this year, we know a major rainfall event can change that and flooding can occur quickly and unexpectedly in Saskatchewan. We hope communities take advantage of this funding to implement effective long-term mitigation strategies and become better prepared for possible floods in the future,” said Jeremy Cockrill, the provincial minister responsible for the Saskatchewan WSA.
The WSA will accept applications for hydrologic and/or hydraulic investigations to develop risk assessments, flood mapping projects, mitigation planning, where municipalities develop emergency flood response plans or potential flood damage prevention construction designs and construction of permanent flood protection works.
The FDRP is part of an overall $500,000 investment to transition away from the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) announced in April which deals only with imminent flood risk to a more proactive longer-term program, the release said. Any funds that have not been spent under EFDRP transitions to FDRP.
A list of eligible costs is online. Eligible projects will be cost-shared on a 50/50 basis between WSA and the proponent up to $100,000 per project.
Applications will be accepted until Oct. 1 and project work must be completed by March 31, 2024.
More information is available on the WSA website.