In December 1996, the Program Implementation Director indicated to Nebraska that since the original structures were already under construction, the project should not receive HMGP funding. Program Implementation Division staff worked with the State, applicant and NRCS to develop a plan to resolve eligibility issues and identify additional project sites. In February 1997, the State submitted three new project sites from the planned eighteen sites and preliminary structure designs with new cost estimates. These new sites and cost estimates are all different from the sites/cost estimates received in November 1996.
In April 1997, the State, applicant and NRCS as technical assistant provided damage data necessary to determining costeffectiveness for the new sites. With additional information from the NRCS, State and applicant Program Implementation staff was able to determine that the proposed structures would be cost effective and mitigate future flood losses in the Nemaha watershed. In addition, new documentation was provided to show that NRCS deauthorized the project in 1989. Combined, the new site information and documentation provided evidence that this project is eligible for HMGP funding because it does not duplicate other federal project authorities and is cost effective in mitigating future flood losses.