Emergency Watershed Protection

The Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program provides technical and financial assistance to safeguard people and property following natural disasters, such as floods, fires, wind storms, earthquakes, and drought.

What is it? Through EWP, NRCS reduces the threat to life and property by providing assistance to prevent further damage from flooding, runoff, and erosion. EWP work may include repairing existing water controls (i.e., levees, dikes, or other flood control structures), and removing debris and sediment from watercourses to prevent further damage in the event of subsequent storms.

Who Can Apply? Communities. The EWP must be sponsored by a public entity such as a qualified tribal organization, a division of state government, a city, county or special district (irrigation, conservation, etc.). An eligible entity must apply within 60 days of the event which caused the impairment. The 60 day "clock" generally starts when the event starts.

Are Matching Funds Required? Yes. The NRCS will pay up to 75% of construction costs of eligible emergency treatments. 

When Can I Expect To Receive My Funds?: Timing of funding depends on the availability of funds in the program at the national level. If an eligible sponsor has matching funds available, EWP funds are available (nationally), and NRCS determines that a specific situation falls under the "exigency" authorities (generally requiring immediate action to reduce a threat to human life as well as other program eligibility considerations), funding can occur within days. 

Contact Name: Kenny Branch, EWP Program Coordinator or Kristin Graham Chavez, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Contact Phone Number:
505-761-4400
Contact Email:
Click here to find your NRCS Area Office contact information
Program Website:
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/nm/programs/financial/ewp/