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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

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From floods to drought, fire or hurricanes, NRCS provides disaster recovery assistance to farmers, ranchers, landowners and communities through a variety of USDA programs.

If you are an agricultural producer affected by a disaster, please contact your local USDA service center for information about assistance in your specific area.

Information about ways to help your fellow Nebraskans recover from flooding is also available here.

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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 

While not designed to be an emergency response program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) can play a vital role in assisting producers recover from natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, wildfires and drought. Through EQIP, NRCS provides financial assistance to repair and prevent the excessive soil erosion caused or impacted by natural disasters. These practices include activities like stream bank restoration, grassed waterways and buffers. NRCS-funded conservation practices protect your land from erosion, support disaster recovery and repair, and can help mitigate loss from future natural disasters.

Fact Sheets

Other USDA Assistance

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers a wide range of disaster assistance programs, and USDA’s Risk Management Agency oversees the federal crop insurance program that supports the nation’s farmers and ranchers in difficult times.

For a complete listing of disaster assistance available from USDA agencies, please go to USDA Disaster Resource Center. 

Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program

When natural disasters strike, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program offers vital recovery options for local communities to help people reduce hazards to life and property caused by floodwaters, droughts, wildfires, earthquakes, windstorms, and other natural disasters.

Project funds address erosion related watershed impairments by supporting activities such as removing debris from stream channels, road culverts, and bridges; reshaping and protecting eroded banks; correcting damaged drainage facilities; repairing levees and structures; and reseeding damaged areas.

Fact Sheets and Additional EWP Guidance:

Technical Assistance

NRCS can also assist impacted communities by providing technical information to help them repair damaged farms and ranches NRCS conservationists can offer advice on preventing erosion, covering and protecting exposed soil, directing water away from areas vulnerable to erosion, and more.

Other Disaster Resources


More Information from USDA:

Information about all USDA disaster recovery programs can be found on the website. 
The Nebraska Farm Service Agency website has information about the disaster recovery assistance available from FSA, specifically the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).

ECP and Wetland Compliance Guidance for Producers
Q&A on FSA Flood Response Programs in Nebraska 
Prevented and Delayed Planting Website

Additional Helpful Websites for Disaster Recovery:

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National EWP Questions and Answers
Nebraska EWP Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, contact:

Allen Gehring
State Conservation Engineer and EWP program coordinator
(402) 437-4037

Doug Wagner
Area Conservationist - Eastern Nebraska
(402) 423-9683 ext.124

James Huntwork
Area Conservationist - Central Nebraska
(308) 392-3514

Mary Reece 
Area Conservationist - Western Nebraska
(308) 221-3701