Usda Provides $104.5 Million For Natural Disaster Recovery In 15 States
Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) funding amounting to $104.5 million will be pouring into locally-sponsored watershed protection projects resulting from floods and other natural disasters such as tornadoes, fires, drought and hurricanes.
States receiving the emergency funds are Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.
Through EWP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance to protect life and property threatened by excessive erosion and flooding caused by the sudden impairment of a watershed from a natural disaster.
EWP funds address public safety and restoration efforts on private lands and are used to remove debris, restore eroded streambanks, re-seed burned areas and take related steps to mitigate threats to people and property from impaired watersheds.
Following is a list of states and the total EWP funds they will receive. The balance of the supplemental funds, $1,670,800, will be used as a contingency reserve.
New Mexico $2,400,000
New York $2,772,000