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?

No information at this time.

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

None at this time.

Where can I get more information?

  • USDA web page for Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations funding
  • For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center.
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Meech Carter at info@energyfundsforall.org.