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2015 Projects of Emergency Watershed Protection Program

NRCS invested $84 million in the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to fund more than 150 recovery projects in 13 states. These projects relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and other natural occurrences. Read the February 26, 2015 news release.

Below is a breakdown of funding by state:


NRCS’ Investment

Description of Work



A 2014 tornado clogged streams and caused other damage in northern Alabama. Work will help remove debris and prevent future flooding.

A 2014 storm with torrential rain caused severe erosion in coastal Alabama, threatening public utilities and infrastructure and posing water quality issues. Work will help restore stream corridors, curb erosion and prevent future flooding.



A 2013 ice-jam flood event caused significant erosion damage to the protective ring dike around the village of Galena and destroyed numerous homes and structures along the Yukon River. Work will remove debris to prevent it from washing into the Yukon River and will armor the ring dike to protect it against future erosion that would threaten the integrity of the dike.



A 2014 EF4 tornado caused severe damage and loss of life in Pulaski and Faulkner counties, killing 16 people, damaging 3,000 homes and clogging streams with debris. Work will remove debris from streams, which will prevent future flooding.



A 2013 flood caused $3 billion in damages, clogging streams and threatening homes, roads and other infrastructure. Work will help restore streams, remove debris and prevent future flooding.



A 2014 storm dropped more than 20 inches of rain in one day, causing severe erosion and threatening homes and roads. Work will help remove debris and install structures that stabilize the land and prevent future erosion.



Rainstorms throughout 2013 caused flooding and devastating stream bank erosion in five Iowa counties, threatening homes, public utilities and infrastructure. Restoration projects will reshape and stabilize stream banks, helping to reduce future flooding impacts and improve water quality in those areas and downstream.



Tornadoes in 2014 caused $16 million in damages, clogging streams and threatening homes, roads and other infrastructure. Work will help stabilize roads, protect utilities, restore streams, remove debris and prevent future flooding.



A 2013 storm caused $2 million in damages to roads, bridges and streams in southwestern Missouri.  Work will protect roads and bridges from future damage.

A 2014 storm caused $1 million in damages to roads, bridges and streams in northern Missouri. Work will protect roads, bridges from future damage

New Mexico


The 2013 Whitewater-Baldy fire burned the landscape, killing plants and making soil prone to erosion. Heavy rains later that year destabilized the channel of Whitewater Creek, intensifying erosion and leading to flooding. Work will install structures to stabilize the stream and reduce risk of flooding and erosion.

New York


A 2014 storm destroyed downtown Penn Yan, damaging roads and blocking bridges and culverts. Work will stabilize land around three roads and prevent future erosion.



A 2013 flood damaged streams and infrastructure in Kingfisher, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Logan, Okfuskee and Tulsa counties. Work will stabilize stream banks and land around bridges.



A 2014 storm quickly dropped up to eight inches of rain causing severe erosion to stream banks, threatening roads, bridges and associated utilities. Work will stabilize the roadsides and stream banks to remove the threat to life and property and prevent future erosion.



A 2014 rainstorm resulted in stream bank erosion and runoff along a segment of the Little River in Stowe, causing heavy runoff to a sewer main and a recreation trail that serves homes and businesses. Work will help restore the river, remove debris and protect important infrastructure.