USDA allocates $9.3M for disaster recovery

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 28, 2005
by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns last Wednesday announced $9.3 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) funding for locally-sponsored watershed protection projects resulting from recent floods and other natural disasters such as tornadoes, fires, drought and hurricanes. The funding is currently set aside for 12 states hit by natural disasters the past few months.
"The Bush Administration remains committed to enhancing the environment," said Johanns. "These emergency funds will help restore critical watersheds while responding to the needs of rural communities."
Through EWP, USDA's 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 projects provide sound erosion control measures that are economically and environmentally defensible.
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.
States receiving EWP funds are:
State EWP Funds
Alabama $360,000
Arizona $960,000
California $1,200,000
Illinois $65,000
Indiana $1,440,000
Mississippi $240,000
Nevada $1,500,000
Oklahoma $1,200,000
Pennsylvania $540,000
South Carolina $76,800
Tennessee $1,080,000
Texas $660,000
TOTAL $9,321,800