In 2017, two major hurricanes, Irma and María, caused catastrophic damages in the Caribbean area. The United States Department of Agriculture– Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) was one of the first federal agencies that responded to the emergency. NRCS employees detailed to the disaster zone used creativity and innovative approaches to establish partnerships with local and federal agencies, and they successfully implemented the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program in the Caribbean Area.
Webinar participants will gain basic knowledge about the EWP program policy and implementation, and they will learn about the impacts of Irma and María on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The webinar will also present information about NRCS EWP team assistance, partnerships and collaboration efforts, communications, challenges and lessons learned by NRCS employees detailed to respond to the emergency.
This webinar is intended for all NRCS employees, especially those interested in helping with the implementation of EWP program during USDA-NRCS response to natural disasters, partners and clients.
What: Emergency Watershed Protection Program Implementation in the Caribbean Area Webinar
Who: Edwin Martínez, Ph.D., Natural Resources Specialist, NRCS
Lee Brown, EIT, MIE, Civil Engineer, NRCS
Luis Hernández, CPSS, CPSC, Soil Survey Regional Director, NRCS
Cubie I. Harris, Hydraulic Engineer, Acting Caribbean EWP Program Coordinator
When: at 3 p.m., Jan. 22, AST (2 p.m. EST; 1 p.m. CST)
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