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EWP 2008 Annual Report

Emergency Watershed Protection 2008

The purpose of the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program is to undertake emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, tornado, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed.

Tornado Highlights - 2008

  • Arkansas received $329,341 for the removal of storm debris from stream channels and bridge structures caused by the Feb. 5 tornadoes and performed $439,121 worth of clean up work with the sponsor’s cost share
  • Work was performed on 80 acres in five counties through nine contracts
  • 14 NRCS employees were involved in site selections, site inspections and contracting

Flood Highlights - 2008

  • Arkansas received $275,926 for flood damage clean up of which the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided $156,614 for work in Madison County and $119,312 in Crawford County
  • NRCS performed $367,901 worth of work after the sponsor's cost-share
  • Streambank stabilization was performed on 3,000 feet of streambank at seven locations
  • Eight employees were involved in site selections, site inspections and contracting