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Natural Resources Conservation Service www.co.nrcs.usda.gov. Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). Helping People Help the Land. Program Authority. Public Law 81–516, Section 216 , 33 U.S.C. 701b, as amended:.

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Emergency watershed protection program ewp

Natural

Resources

Conservation

Service

www.co.nrcs.usda.gov

Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)

Helping People Help the Land


Program authority

Program Authority

Public Law 81–516, Section 216, 33 U.S.C. 701b, as amended:

“The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to undertake emergency measures, including the purchase of floodplain easements, for runoff retardation and soil-erosion prevention, in cooperation with landowners and land users, as the Secretary deems necessary to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood, or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed.”

7 CFR 624 EWP Final Rule, published April 4, 2005


Ewp is a recovery program

EWP is a Recovery Program

  • Relieve hazards to life and property resulting from a natural disaster.

  • NRCS funds 75 percent of cost

    • Congressional appropriation

  • Local sponsor funds 25 percent

    • Cash

    • In-kind services


Emergency watershed protection program ewp

EWP . . .

  • Is not for flood fighting/rescue

  • Does not restore lost values

  • Cannot restore to a “better” condition

  • Has “two in ten” limitation on same site

  • Cannot be used on federal lands


Ewp applies when

EWP Applies When:

  • Natural disaster creates a “watershed; impairment” that threatens life and property

  • State/local government sponsor; and

  • Recovery measures are defensible

    • Technically and economically

    • Environmentally and socially


Disaster declarations

Disaster Declarations

  • EWP is activated with a:

  • Presidential declaration

  • State Conservationist declaration

  • Secretary drought declaration


Disaster declarations1

Disaster Declarations

State Conservationist declared disasters:

  • Uses logical and defensible criteria

  • Does not classify every rainstorm as an event


Natural watershed impairments

“Natural Watershed Impairments”

  • Floods

  • Wildland Fires

  • Tornadoes

  • Landslides

  • Drought

  • Ice/Snow Storms

  • Earthquakes

  • Volcanic Activity

  • Hurricanes/Typhoons


Eligibility

Eligibility

Eligible Sponsors are:

  • State government agencies

  • Local units of government

  • Other government entities

  • Indian tribes and tribal organizations


Eligibility1

Eligibility

A “sponsor” must be able to:

  • Provide the local share of costs

  • Carryout operation and maintenance

  • Obtain land rights

  • Acquire permits


Eligible measures

Eligible Measures

  • Debris Removal

  • Bank Stabilization

  • Levee Repair

  • Erosion and Sediment Control

  • Structure Removal

  • Floodplain Easement


Ineligible measures

Ineligible Measures

  • Restore lost values

    • Ag land productivity

    • Reforestation

  • Replace infrastructure

  • Public or private roads

  • Flood fighting/rescue

  • Fix pre-existing problems


Ewp time frame

EWP Time Frame

  • Electronic disaster report within five days

  • Sponsors requests help within 60 days

  • Damage Survey Report (DSR) within 60 days of request

  • Project complete within 220 days of funding (10 days for exigency)


Ewp events funded

EWP Events Funded


Ewp funds allocated pre katrina

EWP Funds Allocated (pre-Katrina)


Colorado ewp events funded

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Colorado EWP Events Funded


Pre disaster planning

Pre-Disaster Planning

Intra-agency coordination

  • Who do I call and when?

  • Who does what?

    • Program Manager, Contracting Officer

    • Area EWP Coordinator, Project Manager

    • Technical Specialists

      • Eng, Soils, Plants, Bio, CR, GIS, PAS, HR, FNM,

  • Where do I find them?

    • Program Manager, Contracting Officer

    • Area EWP Coordinator, Project Manager


Pre disaster planning1

Pre-Disaster Planning

Inter-agency coordination

  • Who are potential sponsors?

    • Local units of government, conservation districts, etc.

  • Who are our partners?

    • City and county resources, watershed associations, etc.

    • CD, FSA, CSFS, CDOW, CDOA, etc.


Pre disaster planning2

Pre-Disaster Planning

Inter-agency coordination (cont’d)

  • How do we handle Permit/NEPA issues?

    • USACOE, USFWS, CDOW, SHPO, etc.

  • How do we get the word out about EWP?

    • Local media, government and NGO, etc.

    • Under represented groups

    • Limited resource individuals


The ewp process

The EWP Process


Nrcs offices in colorado http www co nrcs usda gov

NRCS Offices in Coloradohttp://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov


Emergency watershed protection program ewp

Event Occurs

Initial Assessment

  • Local Agencies

  • Potential Sponsors

  • Other responders

Initial Contacts

EWP Manager

Response Team Mobilized

Sponsor Request Within 60 days

GoNo-Go

Response Team Evaluation

The EWP Process


Emergency watershed protection program ewp

Prepare DSR within 60 days of request

GoNo-Go

STOP

NRCS Requests Funds

Wait

The EWP Process


Emergency watershed protection program ewp

Sponsor Willing & Able

Technically Sound Solution

STOP

Economically Defensible

Environmentally & Socially Defensible

GO

EWP Go / No Go Criteria


Emergency watershed protection program ewp

Congress Provides Funds

Sponsor obtains permits, land rights, and funds

Develop Project Agreement

Complete in 220 days

Develop Plans and Specifications

Contracting

Construction

Final Report

The EWP Process


Questions discussion

Questions/Discussion


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