The Secretary is authorized to undertake emergency watershed protection measures, including the purchase of floodplain easements, for runoff retardation and soil-erosion prevention, in cooperation with landowners and land users, as the Secretary deems necessary to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood, or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of that watershed.
16 U.S. Code § 2203. Emergency watershed program
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 115–334, § 2403(d)(2), inserted “watershed protection” after “emergency”.
2014—Pub. L. 113–79 inserted section catchline, designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and inserted heading, and added subsec. (b).
1996—Pub. L. 104–127 inserted “, including the purchase of floodplain easements,” after “emergency measures”.