The Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program includes the Flood Prevention Operations Program authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1944 (P.L. 78-534) and the provisions of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (P.L. 83-566). The Flood Control Act originally authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to install watershed improvement measures in 11 watersheds, also known as pilot watersheds, to reduce flood, sedimentation and erosion damage; improve the conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and advance the conservation and proper utilization of land. The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act provides for cooperation between the federal government and the states and their political subdivisions in a program to prevent erosion, floodwater and sediment damage; to further the conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and to further the conservation and proper utilization of land in authorized watersheds.