EWP Funding Available in Missouri | Missouri NRCS
$35 Million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) Funding Made Available in Missouri
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Missouri will receive $35 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) funding, the third most of 25 states and Puerto Rico, in response to the April 2011 Mississippi River flooding of southeastern Missouri. EWP, administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. It helps people and conserves natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and other natural occurrences.
Nearly $216 million in EWP assistance will be distributed across the country with Utah ($60 million) and New York ($38 million) receiving the highest shares. More than $29 million in financial assistance and close to $6 million in technical assistance will be available to repair flood damage in 10 Missouri counties: Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Jasper, Mississippi, New Madrid, Ozark, Ripley, Scott and Stoddard.
“Following the spring flood, 10 counties came forward with 25 damage survey reports,” State Conservationist J.R. Flores said. “The funds will assist in cleaning out sedimentation from drainage ditches and provide bank stabilization near state highways.”
Public and private landowners are eligible for EWP assistance, but must be represented by a project sponsor. Sponsors include legal subdivisions of the State, such as a city, county, general improvement district, conservation district or any Native American tribe. Once funding is allocated to a project, NRCS contracts the heavy construction work to local contractors, spurring the creation of jobs.
A complete breakdown of EWP funding by state can be found by clickinghere
. For further information on EWP, please clickhere
or contact the local NRCS office serving your county. NRCS can be found in the phone book under “U.S. Government, Department of Agriculture,” oronline
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