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1 Understanding the EMERGENCY WATERSHED PROTECTION Program

2 EWP Program Overview Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the EWP Program EWP responds to emergencies created by natural disasters, such as wildfires & floods

3 EWP Program Overview (con t) EWP recovery consists of installation of emergency measures designed to: Reduce threats to lives & property from a watershed impairment Provide protection from additional flooding or erosion Restore the hydraulic capacity to the natural environment (based upon pre-event conditions)

4 EWP Program Overview (con t) EWP recovery measures must be: Acceptable to affected individuals & communities Effective in protecting property & natural resources Economically & environmentally defensible & technically sound

5 Eligibility Owners of private, public or tribal lands may be eligible for EWP assistance if: The watershed area has been damaged by a natural disaster There is a threat to life or property

6 Eligibility (con t) Property owners may be eligible for EWP assistance if: The threat to life & property exceeds that which existed before the impairment They are represented by a project Sponsor who applies for assistance

7 Sponsorship A sponsor can be any legal subdivision of tribal, state, county or local government Sponsors are required to provide legal authority to: Perform recovery work Obtain necessary permits & land rights Contribute funds or in-kind services Maintain completed emergency measures

8 Cost-Sharing EWP funds can be used for up to 75% of the eligible construction costs of the project Sponsor is responsible for the remaining 25% non-federal share (can be cash and/or in-kind contributions) Federal 75% Local 25%

9 Cost-Sharing (con t) Examples of in-kind contributions include: Materials Labor Equipment Acquisition of land rights, permits & utility relocation do not qualify as in-kind contributions

10 Typical EWP Measures (Flood) Restore Stream Capacity Clearing and Snagging; debris removal Stabilize & Protect Streams & Streambanks Structural Jacks strings, Riprap, Stream barbs, gabions, Post & Wire, Pipe Revetment, etc. Vegetative Willow or Cottonwood Plantings, turf mat reinforcement, Brush Mattress, etc. Flood Protection Structural Dikes, Flood Wall (repair only) Non-Structural K-rails, Straw Wattles

11 Typical EWP Measures (Fire) Land Treatment Mulching, Seeding, Straw Wattles, Check Dams, Silt Fences, Contour Felling or Log Erosion Barriers, etc. Flood Protection Structural (repairs only) Dikes, Flood Walls Non-Structural Straw Bales &/or Wattles, K-rails

12 Step 1: Rapid Survey Immediately following a natural disaster event that may result in a watershed impairment: NRCS conducts a rapid survey to assess extent of damages & determine initial eligibility

13 Step 2: Request for Assistance If EWP eligibility/assistance is anticipated: Sponsor submits a letter of request for EWP assistance to the NRCS State Conservationist Sponsor must indicate ability and willingness to fulfill all Sponsor s responsibilities Request for assistance must be submitted within 60-days of the natural disaster

14 Step 3: Damage Survey Report Once a Sponsor has requested assistance: NRCS establishes an interdisciplinary team to further evaluate the site NRCS completes a Damage Survey Report (DSR) to document the site assessment, including economic, environmental, social & technical considerations

15 Step 4: Funding Request If the DSR demonstrates EWP eligibility: NRCS requests funding from Nat l HQ Funding provided through emergency congressional appropriations Funding priority (listed in order of importance) Exigency situations Non-Exigencies - Sites with a serious, but not immediate threat to human life Non-Exigencies - Sites where buildings, utilities, or infrastructure are threatened

16 Step 5: Design & Construction If funding is authorized for the project: Complete final engineering designs Award construction contract (either through Sponsor s agreement or federal contract) For exigencies all work to be completed within 10 days of receipt of funding For non-exigencies all work to be completed within 220 days of receipt of funding

17 Example EWP Project Beaver Dam Wash Flood Non-Exigency Mohave County, AZ Damage Assessment

18 Example EWP Project Beaver Dam Wash Flood Non-Exigency Mohave County, AZ Construction Completed

19 Example EWP Project Schultz Fire/Flood Exigency Coconino County, AZ Damage Assessment

20 Example EWP Project Schultz Fire/Flood Exigency Coconino County, AZ Construction Completed

21 EWP Program THANK YOU! QUESTIONS?

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