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Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention

Public Law 83-566

Picture of watershed lake and riserUnder this program, NRCS joined with local people to help plan and install projects that increase flood protection, control erosion and enhance water quality, water supply, and water-related recreation. The law was used to supplement and bridge the gap between ongoing soil and water conservation programs to develop and protect watersheds.

In Alabama, 53 Public Law 566 watershed improvements have been installed. These  projects encompass over 3 million acres. More than 110 grade stabilization structures and 100 floodwater retarding structures were built.

Watershed Publications 

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Watershed Structures: What Landowners Need to Know (tri-fold brochure, PDF, 447 KB)

Aging Watershed Structures:  What Sponsors Need to Know (tri-fold brochure, PDF, 448 KB)

Dams in Danger (1-pg flyer, PDF, 848 KB)

The National Watershed Coalition has publications available electronically.

   - Identifying and Prioritizing Operation and Maintenance Needs of NRCS-Assisted Flood Control Dams (one-page 8.5"x11")
   - Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program: Helping Communities Conserve Natural Resources (tri-fold 8.5"x11", printed both sides)
   - Guide to Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program: How Your Community Can Organize a Watershed Project (8-page guide, 8.5"x11")

Success Stories

National Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program