o The Village of Dodge, Nebraska submitted an HMGP application through the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for HMGP funding of a proposed levee project. The project was not approved under HMGP, and a 1st level appeal was denied by Region VII.
• Reason for Denial
o Information in support of the HMGP application and the 1st appeal was not adequate for a determination of HMGP eligibility by Region VII. Issues included the need for evaluation of alternatives, questions over the amount and sources of non-federal cost share, and the need for evaluation of potential environmental issues.
o 44 CFR 206.434 - HMGP Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 - Appeals
o The Applicant, NEMA, supported the 2nd appeal to overturn the 1st appeal denial, regarding the HMGP ineligibility of the proposed project to construct the levee proposed by the Village of Dodge; additional information was needed to enable a determination in favor of the proposed project and HMGP eligibility.
• FEMA Findings
o The 2nd appeal decision overturned the 1st appeal denial, approving HMGP funding in support of the Village of Dodge Levee project.
o The rationale for 2nd appeal approval was based on information developed through engineering analysis, previously unavailable to Region VII, and the subapplicant’s agreement to consider non-structural options for mitigating flood hazards as identified through community planning assistance. The approval was conditioned on an update of the previously completed environmental assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact, if made necessary due to subsequent modifications to the levee design.
o Reference(s): 44 CFR 206.434 - HMGP Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 - Appeals