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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Emergency Watershed Protection Program

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, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed.

It is not necessary for a national emergency to be declared for an area to be eligible for assistance. Program objective is to assist sponsors and individuals in implementing emergency measures to relieve imminent hazards to life and property created by a natural disaster. Activities include providing financial and technical assistance to remove debris from streams, protect destabilized streambanks, establish cover on critically eroding lands, repairing conservation practices, and the purchase of flood plain easements. The program is designed for installation of recovery measures.

Additional Information

  • PIA Emergency Watershed Protection Fact Sheet (PDF; 47 KB)
  • NRCS National EWPP webpage
  • Farm Services Agency Emergency Conservation Program

  • Program Contacts:

    Sherman L. White
    PIA EWP Program Manager
    Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 126
    Email: Sherman.White@hi.usda.gov

    Jeff Wheaton
    West Area Engineer (Pacific Islands Area - West)
    Phone: (671) 472-7105
    Email: Jeffrey.Wheaton@pb.usda.gov