Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations

What does this funding get me?

This program of the Department of Agriculture provides technical and financial assistance to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects. 

Projects can be for the purpose of:

  • Flood Prevention
  • Watershed Protection
  • Public Recreation
  • Public Fish and Wildlife
  • Agricultural Water Management
  • Municipal and Industrial Water Supply
  • Water Quality Management

Am I eligible?

Available to states, local governments, and Tribal organizations. 

How can I access the money?

Contact your local USDA Service Center to start your application. 

Project criteria:

  • Public sponsorship
  • Watershed project less than or equal to 250,000 acres
  • Agricultural benefits, including rural communities, must be greater than or equal to 20% of the total benefits of the project 

You can find more information about local sponsors here.

Project sponsors can initiate a request for assistance through their local National Resources Conservation Service to develop a preliminary feasibility study, which helps communities consider sustainable, climate-resilient solutions to address watershed resource concerns.

What is the timeline?

$500 million is available annually until expended, with estimated application opening dates being the first quarter of each year.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

None at this time.

Where can I get more information?