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Agency:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Resource:

(USDA NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)

Overview:

(Section 216 of Public Law 81-516 and 33 U.S.C. Section 701b and Section 403 of title IV of Public Law 95-334, the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978) – Provides assistance to help state and local governments carry out much needed recovery projects to address damage caused by floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters. Designed for installation of recovery measures, such as removing debris from stream channels, road culverts, and bridges or repairing levees. NRCS may purchase EWP easements on floodplain lands that have been impaired within the last 12 months or that have a history of repeated flooding to restore, protect, maintain, and enhance floodplain functions and values. With the exception of the purchase of floodplain easements, all projects must have a sponsor, such as city/county government, flood/water control districts, or soil/water conservation districts. It is not necessary for a national emergency to be declared to be eligible for assistance.

Funding Information:

  • Up to 75 percent of construction costs of emergency measures are federally funded (up to 90 percent within limited-resource areas).
  • Remaining costs must come from local sources and can be cash or in- kind services

Resource Website(s):

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/ main/national/programs/landscape/ewpp/

Keywords:

Local Government, State Government, Tribal, Recovering from a Flood, Financial Assistance, Technical Assistance

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