DENVER – FEMA has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Missoula County. The grant will fund a stream restoration project along the main stem of Ninemile Creek. This project will benefit community members by decreasing peak runoff, providing floodplain storage and increasing drought resilience. Agricultural landowners downstream will realize benefits associated with aquifer storage and increased late season flow.
The mitigation work will be conducted on approximately 6,500 linear feet of Ninemile Creek. Modification and construction efforts include engineered log debris jams to increase stream bank stability, off channel wetlands along the length of the project, placement of boulders to dissipate energy from water flow, and additional stream bank work to promote new vegetation growth. The $1.2 million FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDM) represents the federal cost-share for the $1.62 million project. The remaining project costs are the responsibility of Missoula County.
“We are proud to partner with the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services and Missoula County on the Ninemile Creek restoration project. This is a great example of how FEMA, the states, and local governments can come together to make our communities more resilient,” said FEMA Region 8 Administrator Lee dePalo.
Funding for this grant is provided through FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, which is designed to assist states, U.S. territories, federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on federal funding in future disasters.
Additional information about FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program can be found at https://www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-grant-program.