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Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program


The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention (WFPO) Program helps units of federal, state, local and federally recognized tribal  governments (project sponsors) protect and restore watersheds.

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New York City Urban Water Management Project - WFPO Initiative

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Providing an accessible and reliable water supply to food-producing community gardens in the Five Boroughs of NYC!

PHASE I - Planning - Public Scoping Meetings being held June 13th, June 14th, and June 15th! 


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Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program


The WFPO program provides technical and financial assistance to States, local governments and Tribal organizations to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects for the purpose of:

  • Flood Prevention
  • Watershed Protection
  • Public Recreation
  • Public Fish and Wildlife
  • Agricultural Water Management
  • Municipal and Industrial Water Supply
  • Water Quality Management


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WFPO Project Criteria

   - Public sponsorship

   - Watershed Projects ≤ 250,000 acres

   - Agricultural benefits, including rural communities, must be ≥ 20% of the total benefits for the project.

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Locally Led Watershed Solutions

Watershed conservation projects are planned and carried out jointly by local, state, and federal agencies with the support of community landowners and citizens in the watershed. Communities identify resource problems to be addressed, practices to be installed, and carry out major portions of a watershed plan, such as obtaining easements, rights of ways, permits and local cost-share funding. All Watershed Program projects must have a local sponsor that can act as the fiscal agent, provide project management and oversight throughout the different phases of construction, implementation, and project lifespan. Learn more about sponsor eligibility...

Project sponsors initiate a request for assistance thru their local NRCS office to develop a preliminary feasibility study (PIFR) which helps communities consider sustainable climate resilient solutions to address watershed resource concerns. After a feasibility study is conducted, a watershed plan is chosen, reviewed, approved and authorized. Once authorized, projects sponsors gain access to NRCS's financial and technical resources to help implement their plan. An approved watershed plan must be in place prior to initiation of any corrective land treatment or structural solutions. Project sponsors then help landowners carry out the authorized watershed conservation measures.

Watershed OPS Fact Sheet
WFPO Fact Sheet

WFPO Resources

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