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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help communities address impairments that pose imminent threats to lives and property.

EWP has two options for assisting communities and landowners -WEPP-Floodplain Easements and EWP Program - Recovery.


EWPP-Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE)

The EWPP-FPE program is for privately owned lands damaged by repetitive flooding - at least one flood event within the previous calendar year, or at least twice within the previous 10 years. Through FPE, eligible applicants voluntarily agree to sell a permanent conservation easement to NRCS. Compensation is determined by an appraisal.

 Resources for Whitestown Residents 

Frequently Asked Questions updated 10/23/2020 FAQ Image 1

EWPP-FPE Landowner Meeting PowerPoint

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Project Area Map EWPP Whitestown Area Map
Halloween storm letter regarding the FPE sign up information Whitestown New York Floodplain Easements Informational Letter

Specification and Scope of Work for Appraisals

Specification and Scope of Work for Appraisals
Appliance Documentation Worksheet Appliance Documentation Worksheet- Final

EWPP-FPE Projects

In response to severe flooding as a result of the 2019 Halloween Storm, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering the Floodplain Easement Component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP-FPE) to landowners of residential properties in the Village of Whitesboro within the designated project area map found HERE

Landowners interested in applying for the program will have until December 11, 2020 to submit applications and associated documents as listed. Please use the application checklist found HERE:

  1.  AD-1153 Application for Long-Term Contracted Assistance

     - SAMPLE AD-1153 Form
     - Blank AD-1153 Form

  2.  Copy of Property Deed or other evidence of ownership

  3.  If multiple landowners are listed on property deed, landowners must provide full names, SSNs and breakdown of ownership shares
     - Ownership Share Form EWPP-FPE

  4.  Site-specific eligibility evidence, containing:

     a.  Photos of home/property, documenting storm/flood damage from October 31, 2019

     b.  Insurance claims relative to the storm that occurred on October 31, 2019 ONLY. This will be accomplished by completing the Documentation of Other Recovery Assistance Form(s). 
     - Documentation of Other Recovery Assistance NY

     c.  Engineering reports if homeowner had a condemnation report prepared by an engineer

     d.  Loss of income on the property (i.e. rental properties.) Documentation would include copy of a lease showing monthly rent, along with dates that renters had to vacate the property. 

  5.  Documentation of other disaster recovery assistance received and utilization of such funds
     - Documentation of Other Recovery Assistance NY

  6.  Authorization for appraiser to be on-site
     - Landowner Permission for Appraiser to Enter Property

There are three ways landowners may submit their application packages:

     - Mail (USPS/FedEx/UPS). Must be postmarked by November 13, 2020.

Mailing Address:
ATTN: Kimberley Glenn
441 South Salina Street, Suite 354
Syracuse, NY 13202

     -  Email . Must be emailed by November 13, 2020. Subject line should read “Application Submission

     - Drop Off application packages during regular Town Hall business hours. Must be dropped off by close of business November 13, 2020.

Town Hall
8539 Clark Mills Road
Whitesboro, NY 13492

If any landowners/homeowners within the designated project area have questions or require assistance completing their application package, email or call (315) 345-0489 to set up an appointment.