Although not presently committed to Montana, Federal funds can provide up to 75 percent of the construction costs of emergency measures. The 25 percent non federal costs can be funds provided by state or local units of government that act as sponsors.
Who Can Be a Sponsor?
Units of Government with authority under state law to accept financial assistance can be sponsors. These include state government, local units of government such as counties or cities, tribes or tribal organizations or other government entities such as Conservation Districts. Sponsors' responsibilities include obtaining any required local, state, and federal permits or easements; providing the 25 percent non federal funds; and performing or acquiring from others any operation and maintenance needs for the project after the measures have been installed.
If you wish to request assistance under the EWP program and are willing to act as a sponsor, you will fill out an application requesting assistance from NRCS under the EWP program. The request for assistance would state the extent and type of work that needs to be accomplished. You would advertise the availability of the EWP program in your community and accept requests for assistance from landowners.
Steps to Initiate EWP Assistance When You Are the Sponsor
Allow NRCS to determine if the situation qualifies for EWP assistance.
Allow NRCS to request funding for the EWP project.
Expect notification of funding eligibility.
Allow NRCS to coordinate and plan the EWP project.
Help secure land right permits.
Provide for maintenance of completed emergency measures.
Measures that Are Eligible and Ineligible for Funding Under EWP
EWP funds can be used for:
Re-vegetation of burned areas
Temporary sediment control structures
Contour tree felling
Contour sand bagging
Machine or hand raking scarification
Hazardous tree felling
Drainage improvements or trash removal
Sediment and debris removal from channels
Restoration of hydraulic capacity in channels
Streambank stabilization measures to protect cropland with irrigation structures
Streambank stabilization measures to protect houses and outbuildings outside of the 10-year frequency floodplain
EWP funds cannot be used to:
Perform operation or maintenance, or solve watershed problems that existed before the disaster
Repair, rebuild, or maintain public or private transportation facilities, or correct damage to transportation facilities eligible for assistance under the Emergency Relief Program administered by Federal Highway Administration of the Department of Transportation
Remove threats to Federal-aid highways except where the Federal-aid highway protection would be incidental to other eligible protection measures
Perform work on land and works of improvements owned by and/or managed by other federal departments and agencies (the only exception is national forest lands and national grazing lands)
Repair landscape for aesthetic purposes
Remove sediment or debris from reservoirs or debris basins. (this is considered operation and maintenance, regardless of ownership)
Increase the pre-disaster capacity of a channel
Drill or modify wells, construct pipelines, install irrigation equipment, or purchase portable equipment
Repair or rehabilitate conservation practices or measures that are eligible for funding under the Emergency Conservation Program administered by the Farm Service Agency
If you encounter any problems with the file provided on this page, please contact Steve Becker at 406-587-6828.