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Emergency Watershed Protection

The purpose of the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program is to undertake emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention 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.

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EWP Success Stories

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Adobe Acrobat DocumentAlaska - Snag Point
Adobe Acrobat DocumentAlabama - Marion City
Adobe Acrobat DocumentArizona - White Mountain Apache Tribe
Adobe Acrobat DocumentArkansas - Clark County
Adobe Acrobat DocumentCalifornia - Calabasas Fire
Adobe Acrobat DocumentCalifornia  - Milliken Creek Inn
Adobe Acrobat DocumentCalifornia - Placer Creek
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMaryland - Charles and Calvert Counties
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMichigan - Marquette County - Silver Lake Basin
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMinnesota - Long Tom Dam
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMinnesota - Steambank Stabilization
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMontana - Avoiding the Damage
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMontana - Avoiding the Disaster
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMontana - Lyon Gulch Protection Project
Adobe Acrobat DocumentMontana - Cave Gulch
Adobe Acrobat DocumentOklahoma - McCurtain County Tornado
Adobe Acrobat DocumentRhode Island - St. Rocco's Church
Adobe Acrobat DocumentTexas - Central Texas Flood

New Mexico Fire EWP Recovery Efforts   

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 Windows Media Player Document Florida - Okaloosa EWP, 2:00; (24,036 KB)

RealPlayer MediaTucson, Arizona EWP, 2:23; (7,905.27 KB) 

EWP Rules, Notices, and Supporting Documents

Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Rule, 7 CFR Part 624
Adobe Acrobat DocumentEWP Rule Benefit/Cost Analysis   New!

Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, December 2004

EWP Final Environmental Impact Statement

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Front
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Chapter 1
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Chapter 2
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Chapter 3
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Chapter 4
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Chapter 5
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal References
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFEIS Responses-1 Federal
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFEIS Responses-2 State Agencies
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFEIS Responses-3 Local Ag and Tribal
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFEIS Responses-4 Private Individual
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFEIS Reponses-5 Not Requiring Responses
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Preparers
Adobe Acrobat DocumentFinal Back
Adobe Acrobat DocumentAppendix A
Adobe Acrobat DocumentAppendix B
Adobe Acrobat DocumentAppendix C
Adobe Acrobat DocumentAppendix D
Adobe Acrobat DocumentAppendix E
Adobe Acrobat DocumentEWP Final Record of Decision
Adobe Acrobat DocumentEWP ROD Attachment 1-FPEIS Comments Responses
Adobe Acrobat DocumentEWP Final FEIS

Program Contacts

Fred Reaves, National EWP Program Leader, 202-690-0793

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