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.
Highlights - 2009
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided $2,788,368.16 for Emergency Watershed Program work in 20 counties.
NRCS provided $143,592.14 for work in Benton, Izard, Stone and Van Buren counties to finish cleaning up from the 2008 tornadoes
NRCS provided $340,064.60 for construction costs in Faulkner, Fulton, Howard, Madison and Perry counties to clean up after the 2008/2009 floods.
NRCS obligated $2,008,548.31 for sediment removal in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Lawrence, Mississippi, Pope and Randolph counties.
After the 2009 Polk County tornado, NRCS obligated $20,250 for clean up work.
NRCS contracted for $275,913.11 of ice storm debris removal in Clay, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Washington counties.