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USDA Describes EWP Program That Helps Communities Recover From Hurricanes Irma & Maria (Article)

As of April 30, 2018, 7 months since Hurricanes Irma & Maria scattered debris into drainage ways across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP) Team has funded 25 projects in hard-hit areas to remove debris, stabilize streambanks and fix water control structures. In addition, the NRCS EWPP has partnered with towns and cities, the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, and local Conservation Districts to complete over 65 other projects funded by municipalities and/or other federal agencies. Places that have benefited include Añasco, Barranquitas, Caguas, Coamo, Gurabo, Juana Diaz, Naranjito, Utuado, Jayuya, Santa Isabel and Yauco.

Our EWP team has met with over 25 municipalities, is coordinating efforts with local Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and is making significant progress with not just locally-led and force accounts, but also with federal contracting,” said NRCS Caribbean Director, Edwin Almodóvar.

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