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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

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This emergency recovery program relieves imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and other natural disasters.

trees in canal after hurricaneWhen will damage assessments begin?

As soon as public safety is secured.

Who can receive EWP assistance?

Landowners who have experienced severe property damage may be eligible for assistance. Projects must have a governmental sponsor, such as a city, county or water district. The program is intended to help groups of people, not individuals and reduce threats to life and property, be economically and environmentally defensible. 

What kind of work will EWP do?

EWP work can include: removing debris from stream channels, road culverts, and bridges; reshaping and protecting eroded banks; correcting damaged drainage facilities; repairing and structures; reseeding damaged areas; and purchasing floodplain easements to restore, protect, maintain and enhance wetlands and riparian areas; conserve natural values including fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, floodwater retention, ground water recharge, and open space; and safeguard lives and property from floods, drought and erosion.

How can we obtain assistance?

All EWP work must be requested by a sponsor: a state or legal subdivision of a state government, a local unit of government, or a qualified Indian tribe or tribal organization.

What are the requirements of a sponsor?

  • Able and willing to obtain needed land rights, water rights, and permits;
  • Supply the required cost-share of 25 percent or in-kind services;
  • Agree to provide for the operation and maintenance of emergency measures when completed.

How is the Natural Resources Conservation Service helping?

Natural Resources Conservation Service employees review damage and work with potential sponsors to identify projects and prepare damage survey reports for possible funding.

How does the EWP program protect the environment?

Interdisciplinary teams, including biologists, resource conservationists and engineers  evaluate all of the impacts of a proposed project to ensure that it is environmentally sound.

Emergency Watershed Protection national website

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Florida Program Contact

Jesse Wilson, state conservation engineer, 352-338-9557