Information for EWP
Although not presently committed to Montana, Federal funds can provide up to
75 percent of the construction costs of emergency measures. The 25 percent non
federal costs can be funds provided by state or local units of government that
act as sponsors.
Who Can Be a Sponsor?
Units of Government with authority under state law to accept financial
assistance can be sponsors. These include state government, local units of
government such as counties or cities, tribes or tribal organizations or other
government entities such as Conservation Districts. Sponsors' responsibilities
include obtaining any required local, state, and federal permits or easements;
providing the 25 percent non federal funds; and performing or acquiring from
others any operation and maintenance needs for the project after the measures
have been installed.
If you wish to request assistance under the EWP program and are willing to
act as a sponsor, you will fill out an application requesting assistance from
NRCS under the EWP program. The request for assistance would state the extent
and type of work that needs to be accomplished. You would advertise the
availability of the EWP program in your community and accept requests for
assistance from landowners.
Steps to Initiate EWP Assistance When You Are the Sponsor
- Contact your local NRCS Service Center.
- Apply for EWP assistance as a local sponsor
- Allow NRCS to investigate the site.
- Allow NRCS to determine if the situation qualifies for EWP assistance.
- Allow NRCS to request funding for the EWP project.
- Expect notification of funding eligibility.
- Allow NRCS to coordinate and plan the EWP project.
- Help secure land right permits.
- Provide for maintenance of completed emergency measures.
Measures that Are Eligible and Ineligible for Funding Under EWP
EWP funds can be used for:
- Re-vegetation of burned areas
- Temporary sediment control structures
- Contour tree felling
- Water bars
- Contour sand bagging
- Machine or hand raking scarification
- Sediment basins
- Hazardous tree felling
- Drainage improvements or trash removal
- Energy dissipaters
- Sediment and debris removal from channels
- Restoration of hydraulic capacity in channels
- Streambank stabilization measures to protect cropland with irrigation
- Streambank stabilization measures to protect houses and outbuildings
outside of the 10-year frequency floodplain
EWP funds cannot be used to:
- Perform operation or maintenance, or solve watershed problems that existed
before the disaster
- Repair, rebuild, or maintain public or private transportation facilities, or correct
damage to transportation facilities eligible for assistance under the
Emergency Relief Program administered by Federal Highway Administration of the
Department of Transportation
- Remove threats to Federal-aid highways except where the Federal-aid
highway protection would be incidental to other eligible protection measures
- Perform work on land and works of improvements owned by and/or managed by
other federal departments and agencies (the only exception is national forest
lands and national grazing lands)
- Repair landscape for aesthetic purposes
- Remove sediment or debris from reservoirs or debris basins. (this is
considered operation and maintenance, regardless of ownership)
- Repair levees
- Increase the pre-disaster capacity of a channel
- Drill or modify wells, construct pipelines, install irrigation
equipment, or purchase portable equipment
- Repair or rehabilitate conservation practices or measures that are
eligible for funding under the Emergency Conservation Program administered
by the Farm Service Agency
If you encounter any problems with the file provided on this
page, please contact Steve Becker at 406-587-6828.
The following document requires
Sample Letter Requesting EWP Assistance (PDF;