Conducted through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Jennings has already completed many similar projects, both after recent flooding events and in the past. However, while the work brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars in much needed funding that largely goes toward work that would have had to be done anyway, Jennings was concerned about the substantial matching funds and additional costs that are an unavoidable part of the work.
Currently NRCS pays about 75 percent of the applicable costs of installing the rock, performing the work, and purchasing some materials leaving the county responsible for the remaining 25 percent. Further, some items such as crusher run gravel and culverts are not covered by the NRCS contract, making these outside costs that are in addition to the project as covered under the county’s contract.
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