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.
Active Emergency Watershed Protection Projects in Utah
There are several active Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) projects underway in Utah as a result of recent floods or fires. The EWP program was set up by Congress to respond to natural disasters and is designed to protect life and property from any future event of similar magnitude. The following active projects are administered by NRCS in partnership with a local sponsor, usually county government.