The EWP Program allows communities to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land. The EWP Program authorities offer NRCS the flexibility to act quickly to help local communities cope with adverse impacts resulting from natural disasters. EWP does not require a disaster declaration by federal or state officials for program assistance to begin, but ultimately partial funding must be provided by the state Legislature. If funding becomes available, all funded projects must demonstrate they reduce threats to life and property; be economically, environmentally and socially sound; and must be designed to acceptable engineering standards, if applicable.
Residents of Kane County rely on the Paria River as a water resource throughout their communities. Having a healthy water resource, as well as measures to prevent flooding, is critical to maintaining the quality of life in Kane County. With funding from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, JDE was able to perform necessary engineering and construction services to protect and preserve the watershed. The services included long-term riprap rock stabilization measures along the Paria River, erosion damage repair to Cottonwood Canyon Road and watershed protection of the roadway and power transmission line structures from future damage.