EWP Sponsor Resources
NRCS partners with diverse sponsors to complete EWP Program projects. To begin the process, a potential local sponsor submits a Request for Assistance that includes information on the nature, location and scope of the problem for which assistance is requested. The letter, considered the application, must be signed by an official of the requesting entity. NRCS staff is available to assist with the letter preparation and offer additional information on EWP Program eligibility. The letter must be sent to your local NRCS office or to your NRCS State office.
Sponsors must submit a formal request for assistance within 60 days of the disaster occurrence, or 60 days from the date when access to the sites becomes available.
NRCS conducts damage survey reports (DSR), or case-by-case investigations of the work requested or damages reported. EWP Program restoration work may include removing debris from stream channels, road culverts and bridges; reshaping and protecting eroded streambanks; repairing damaged drainage facilities, levees and associated structures; reseeding damaged areas; or purchasing floodplain easements.
STEP-BY-STEP Watershed Programs Process -
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- obtaining land rights for repairs;
- securing the necessary permits;
- furnishing the local cost share (Sponsors must come up with 25 percent of the construction costs for recovery measures in the form of cash or in-kind services);
- accomplishing the installation of work. (Work can be done through federal or local contracts); and
- conducting operation and maintenance on completed projects.
EWP Floodplain Easements
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) that assists sponsors and landowners to protect lives and property from flooding or soil erosion after a natural disaster. The EWP Program is designed for emergency recovery work, including the purchase of floodplain easements. In communities impacted by constant flooding, an easement might be the best solution. Limited Resource Areas (LRAs) are a priority for available funding.
Limited Resource Area Map 2022
A limited resource area is defined where housing values and income are less than a county's average and unemployment is at least twice the U.S. average.