Chaffee County Commissioners have submitted a letter of intent to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to be considered for Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funding.
"The Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program, a federal emergency recovery program, helps local communities recover after a natural disaster strikes. The program offers technical and financial assistance to help local communities relieve imminent threats to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural disasters that impair a watershed" (NRCS).
The County is in the preliminary stages of the assessment, but this program moves quickly. To date, the County has hired the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC), a 501c3 nonprofit specializing in post-fire recovery, to assist the County through the EWP process and on other recovery projects. The County, ARWC, and multiple local partners have conducted serval tours and meetings with NRCS staff to evaluate potential values at risk. The next step is for NRCS to prepare and submit their final report of values at risk to their Washington office for consideration of funding through the EWP program.
For more information on the EWP program, please visit the NRCS EWP website using the link below or contact Chelsey Nutter.