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USDA provides emergency watershed money in storm areas

The Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has provided $5.3 million in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funds to 11 states affected by Hurricane Sandy and related storms, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.

EWP, a recovery program, responds to emergencies created by natural disasters by helping relieve imminent hazards to life and property.

Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia each received $480,000 for projects to address public safety and restoration efforts on private, public and tribal lands.

“This funding will help communities undertake emergency measures to address public safety concerns and begin restoration efforts,” Vilsack said in a news release. “This assistance also keeps farmers, ranchers, and landowners on their land, helping to keep American agriculture strong and profitable.”