(1) Flood risk reduction pilot project.
In the 2019-21 fiscal biennium, the 4
department of natural resources shall allocate $150,000 to Ashland County to 5
design, implement, and evaluate not more than three demonstration projects that 6
test natural flood risk reduction practices in that county. Project expenditures for 7
the moneys allocated may be used include engineering and design, materials, 8
construction, pre-construction and post-construction monitoring, and project 9
management. The department shall require Ashland County to submit to the 10
department a progress report summarizing the results to date of its demonstration 11
projects no later than June 30, 2021. The department shall submit to the legislature,
in the manner provided under section 13.172 (2), and to the division of emergency 2
management in the department of military affairs a report summarizing the results 3
of the demonstration projects and recommendations for how existing state policies 4
or funding streams could be adapted to create incentives to protect and restore 5
natural infrastructure and reduce floods.