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EWP Program Process

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The Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program allows communities to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land. EWP Program authorities offer USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) the flexibility to act quickly to help local communities cope with adverse impacts resulting from natural disasters. All projects must have a sponsor, such as a division of local or tribal government, and demonstrate that they will reduce threats to life and property; be economically, environmentally and socially sound; and must be designed to acceptable engineering standards, if applicable.

The EWP Program Process

NRCS partners with diverse sponsors to complete EWP Program projects. To begin the process, a potential local sponsor submits a letter 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.

For emergency situations (imminent threat to life and property) : All applications must be submitted within 10 days of the disaster.

For non-emergency situations: All applications must be submitted within 60 days of the disaster.

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.

Contact Information

To learn more about NRCS’s EWP Program, e-mail Shawn Anderson, Acting EWP Program Manager, or call 202-720-5795 (office).