NM Emergency Watershed Protection Program

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of New Mexico

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity For-Profit Business Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: New Mexico

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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program, which responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. It is not necessary for a national emergency to be declared for an area to be eligible for assistance. 

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. EWP is an emergency recovery program. All projects undertaken, with the exception of the pur­chase of floodplain easements, must have a project sponsor.

Activities include providing financial and technical assistance to remove debris from streams, protect destabilized streambanks, establish cover on critically eroding lands, repairing conservation practices, and the purchase of flood plain easements. The program is designed for installation of recovery measures.

Authorized  Work 

EWP is designed for installation of recovery measures. Activities include providing financial and technical assistance to: 

  • remove debris from stream channels, road culverts, and bridges, 
  • reshape and protect eroded banks, 
  • correct damaged drainage facilities, 
  • establish cover on critically eroding lands, 
  • repair levees and structures, and 
  • repair conservation practices. 

Sponsor's Obligations

Sponsors are responsible for: 

  • providing land rights to do repair work 
  • securing the necessary permits 
  • accomplishing the installation of work, work can be done either through Federal or local contracts 
  • providing 25 percent of the cost to install the recovery measures, either in cash or by in-kind contributions of materials or service and thru the EWP program; NRCS could reimburse up to 75 percent of the cost to install recovery measures

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  • 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.