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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

The purpose to the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) is to undertake emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed.

It is not necessary for a national emergency to be declared for an area to be eligible for assistance. Program objective is to assist sponsors and individuals in implementing emergency measures to relieve imminent hazards to life and property created by a natural disaster. Activities include providing financial and technical assistance to remove debris from streams, protect destabilized streambanks, establish cover on critically eroding lands, repairing conservation practices, and the purchase of flood plain easements. The program is designed for installation of recovery measures.

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Georgia's Sponsor's EWP Guide (PDF) (5,388 KB)
Appendix A Sponsor Letter (WORD) (20 KB)
Emergency Recovery Plan 2017 (PDF) (3,853 KB)

Link to Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency

Learn more on the Emergency Watershed Protection Program or contact State Conservation Engineer

Nancy Creek EWP Project

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picture of debris in stream following flood

picture of eroded streambank following flood

picture of streambank stabilization using rip-rap and willows

Before - debris in stream Before - unstable streambanks After - debris removed and streambanks stable