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2016 Projects of Emergency Watershed Protection Program

NRCS invested $93 million in the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program to fund recovery projects in 19 states. These projects will relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and other natural occurrences. Read the EWP fiscal year 2016 funding news release.

Below is a breakdown of funding by state:


NRCS’ Investment

Description of Work



A storm in December 2015 brought heavy rains and resulted in a presidentially-declared disaster in several counties. The resulting runoff caused deep gullies in residential areas of Dale and Jefferson Counties, and within the cities of Mobile and Prattville, threatening homes and roads. EWP funds will be used to repair the gullies and restore normal drainage.



A storm in fall 2015 eroded the bank of Mekoryuk river, undermining the land beneath the Native Village of Mekoryuk’s heating fuel connection pipe, in remote southwest Alaska.  The erosion also threatens the fuel tank storage facility.  The Mekoryuk River is one of the state’s critical salmon courses.  EWP funding will stabilize the river bank to protect the fuel header, storage tanks and salmon habitat.



Flooding from the Ouachita River in May 2015 resulted in streambank erosion along the foot of Tate’s Bluff Bridge in Ouachita County, threatening the structure. The EWP Program will be sued to strengthen the streambank around the bridge to prevent additional erosion and protect it from collapse.



Heavy rains in July 2015 flooded parts of  Colorado Springs and Monitou Springs, threatening city and county utilities. Loss of vegetation after the recent Waldo Canyon fire intensified the resulting erosion. The EWP Program will be used to repair erosion, protect infrastructure and reduce the potential for future flooding.



Severe storms in 2014 and 2015 caused erosion, threatening homes and roads in Escambia and Pasco counties. The EWP Program will be used to remove debris from waterways and stabilize streambanks to protect property and prevent further erosion.



Spring flooding three years ago damaged roadways, including a section that provides the only access to 30 homes in Carroll County, an economically depressed county. A critical need still exists to use the EWP Program to help the county strengthen and stabilize the bank of the Tippecanoe River along the threatened section of roadway. This will prevent the roadway from slipping into the river.



The President declared 37 counties in Kansas as disaster areas following storms in 2015. Debris blocked or restricted the water flow in Sand Creek at five locations. Sand Creek runs through Hickman County.  Up to 25 feet of bank were lost, threatening a home. The EWP Program will be used to remove debris and stabilize streambanks along the eroded area, protecting the threatened home as well as other residences and a bridge downstream.



Heavy spring rains in twenty two counties in 2015 caused streambanks to erode. Several roads were threatened by caving, restricting or preventing travel and emergency access. The Irvine Municipal Utility pump station in Estill County also was threatened. The EWP Program will be used to stabilize streambanks and remove debris from roads and bridges in Eastern Kentucky.



A small land slide along the River Park Slough threatens the roadway of River Park Drive in Mankato Township in south central Minnesota. The EWP Program will be used to repair the land slide and protect the roadway from damage.



Multiple storms in 2014 and 2015 caused widespread flooding across the state. The EWP Program will be used across most of the state to help repair erosion along roads, protect utilities, restore stream flow, remove debris and prevent future flooding.



A summer storm in Nodaway County in 2015 created tornadoes and caused flooding that endangered an access road used to transport farm products to market.  The EWP Program will be used to stabilize the streambank adjacent to the county road.



Flash flooding in 2014 and 2015 in four counties caused erosion of the road shoulder and the whittling away of the embankment behind a bridge located in Highland County, Liberty Township. The EWP Program will be used to grade and shape the channel and stabilize the streambank with rock rip rap.

South Carolina


Severe erosion in the Lower Saluda River from heavy rains in 2015 threatens a home in West Columbia. A large gully has formed within five feet of the home’s foundation, impacting the landowner’s property as well as other properties upstream and downstream. The EWP Program will be used to repair the gully and restore a stable drainage pattern.

South Dakota


The secondary spillway of the Christmas Lake dam in Union County experienced severe erosion during a storm in 2014. The EWP Program will be used to replace the spillway inlet and pipe and repair erosion in the secondary spillway with compacted replacement soil and rock rip rap.



Heavy rain and flooding resulted in damage to more than 70 sites in Cumberland, Scott, Hickman, Mason, Putman, Clay and Fentress counties throughout Tennessee during several storms in 2015. The damages resulted in two presidentially-designated and one locally-designated disaster declarations. The EWP Program will be used to stabilize streambanks and remove debris to protect roads, bridges and culverts.



Heavy rains across much of the state throughout 2015 overwhelmed the drainage systems of many communities, especially in drier areas where heavy rains are rare. The excess flow caused erosion damage that threatened, damaged or destroyed culverts, bridges and roads. The EWP Program will be used to remove debris and stabilize streambanks with rock rip-rap to protect drainage canals, utilities and roads.



Successive heavy rainfall caused flash floods in 27 communities around the state throughout late 2014 and most of 2015. Damage caused by concentrated water flow includes sediment-clogged channels, trapped debris, streambank erosion, damaged road crossings, gullies along road shoulders and washed-out culverts. The EWP Program will be used to repair the erosion damage and restore drainage.



Wildfires in 2015 scorched vegetation from many watersheds already prone to flash floods. Rain falling on the burned areas resulted in excessive erosion, threatening several houses in the communities of Okanogan, Chelan, Ferry, Douglas, and Stevens. The lack of vegetation intensifies erosion caused by the runoff of the rainwater. The EWP Program will be used in phases to construct earth and rock diversion berms around selected homes.



In spring 2015, heavy rains and melting snow resulted in floods across Northern Wyoming. The EWP Program will be used for various restoration projects, including streambank stabilization.

Total Fiscal Year 2016 Funding