Emergency Watershed Protection Program


Applications accepted continuously. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. The program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms, and other natural occurrences. All projects undertaken, with the exception of the purchase of floodplain easements, must have a project sponsor.

Water, Natural Resources, Adaptation, Disaster, Emergency Management, Health
Funding Amount: 
Matching Funds: 
The Natural Resources Conservation Service may bear up to 75 percent of the construction cost of emergency measures. The remaining 25 per­cent must come from local sources.
Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance but must be represented by a project sponsor. Sponsors include legal subdivisions of the State, such as a city, county, general improvement district, conservation district, or any Native American tribe or tribal organization as defined in section 4 of the Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.
Contact Information: 
To learn more about NRCS’s EWP Program, please contact your state's EWP Program Manager: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/landscape/ewpp/?cid=nrcseprd1538616. Shawn Anderson, National Emergency Watershed Protection Program Coordinator, at 202-720-5795.