AUG 14 1997
Mr. William E. V./hitney
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
1300 Military Road
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1090
Dear Mr. Whitney:
This letter responds to the second level appeal filed on behalf of the Nemaha Natural Resources District for a grant under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The grant was requested under declaration FEMA-DR-998-NE for the (1) acquisition of lands/easements/rights-of- way, (2) design, and (3) construction ofthree floodwater-retarding structures on the Upper Little Nemaha watershed.
You asked that I, as Associate Director for Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), reverse the decision ofthe FEMA Regional Director, Region VII, because the newly proposed sites 42, 50 and 60 for these structures meet the eligibility requirements of the HMGP.
I have conducted a review of the application and other materials provided for this appeal. The eligibility issues identified by the Regional Director were valid, based upon the information provided to him during the first appeal. However, during the second-level appeal process, the Nemaha NRD and your Office provided new information, not available to the Regional Office.
As a result of that new information, I am conditionally approving the request for phase one funding. Final approval of the project is subject to completion of an environmental review and technical feasibility of final project design. Phase one funding will provide funds for the Nemaha NRD to complete design drawings and specifications for these floodwater-retarding structures.
The staff in Region VII is available to assist you and the Nemaha NRD in moving forward with phase one of this project. When phase one and the environmental review are completed and if the project is feasible, then this project will be eligible for phase two funding of land acquisition and construction of these three floodwater-retarding structures. Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Mr. Robert F. Shea, Jr., Director, Program Implementation Division, at (202) 646-3619.
Michael J. Armstrong
Associate Director for Mitigation
Enclosure: Appeals analysis