House Appropriates Funds for Watershed Protection
The House Appropriations Committee announced today that it has included Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funding in the Continuing Resolution at the request of Congressman Cory Gardner who has been working closely with Appropriations Committee after offering an amendment to obtain the funds. The Colorado congressional delegation also sent a letter of support to the Committee. The bill calls for $48,256,765 to be appropriated to the EWP program in 10 states to address watershed impairments that pose imminent threat to lives and property.
“I’m grateful to Chairman Rogers for recognizing the critical importance of the EWP program,” said Gardner. “As Colorado continues to recover from last year’s devastating wildfires, these funds will help rebuild damaged areas and protect current watershed areas from future disasters.”
In 2012, wildfires such as the High Park Fire and Waldo Canyon Fire wreaked havoc on homes, businesses, and ranches across Colorado. The fires also created lasting damage to the soil in these areas, increasing the likelihood of floods and mudslides. The EWP program provides funding to restore property and land damaged by federally-declared natural disasters, reducing the risk of catastrophic damage from future natural disasters.
Gardner originally requested this funding as an amendment to H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013. Video of his request can be found here.