The District has recognized that, particularly in urban areas, localized flooding hazards exist where large structural solutions would be impractical. The Small Project Assistance Program provides a mechanism for the District to commit funding, on a limited basis, to advancing localized solutions in these situations.
The program terms restrict per-project District funding to $500,000 or 75% of project design and construction costs, whichever is less. Submitting municipalities are solely responsible for rights-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, construction management, and operations and maintenance, and are responsible for construction costs in excess of the District's contribution limit.
Projects submitted under this program are evaluated each October, under an entirely objective method, based mainly on the frequency and severity of property flooding mitigated by the proposed project, and based on project implementation readiness. Individual project resolutions are not required for projects recommended under this program. Intergovernmental agreement (IGA) terms for these projects are non-negotiable, and IGAs are required to be in place in advance of expenditure of reimbursable project costs