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Rehabilitation of Aging Watershed Dams | NRCS NEDC

Rehabilitation of Aging Watershed Dams (000087)


This training includes background information on dams constructed under NRCS Water Resource Programs, an overview of aging dam rehabilitation needs, highlights of authorizing legislation, limits of the authority, and details of implementing rehabilitation projects. This training uses a case study to demonstrate typical problems associated with aging dams, and identifies various rehabilitation alternatives to address these issues.


Upon completion of this training, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe NRCS programs involved with development of watershed projects.
  • Discuss safety and environmental issues regarding watershed dams.
  • Identify legal authorities now available to NRCS to assist project sponsors with rehabilitation of their aging dams.
  • Identify the general process of implementing a rehabilitation program.
  • Describe project sponsor responsibilities for existing watershed projects and proposed rehabilitation projects.
  • Identify factors to evaluate typical rehabilitation needs of aging dams.
  • List the steps in the planning process that may lead to rehabilitation of an aging dam.
  • Identify common rehabilitation problems and various rehabilitation alternatives to address typical problems.




6 to 8 hours

Target Audience

NRCS field employees, watershed project sponsors, and state dam safety officials

Method of Instruction

Self-paced (CD-ROM)

NEDC Contact

Tony Lovell

Technical Specialists

Larry Caldwell
Bill Irwin


Enrollment instructions are provided below.  Be sure to select the appropriate link to ensure successful enrollment. 

The NRCS eLearning Center is an application used by the NEDC to manage self study learning opportunities and Web-based tests.  It has a number of features including printable certificates and options to email results of tests to your supervisor.  Additional features such as automatically updating training records will be added soon.

If you have any difficulty with the NRCS eLearning Center please contact Sudhakhar Sriparameswaran (Sudha).

Once you initially login to the NRCS eLearning Center, it is not necessary to login again to return to any Web-based course content, if you bookmark the site. 

It is necessary for your system to have pop up windows enabled to view Web-based course content and take exams.

USDA Employees

Proceed to the NRCS eLearning Center to login using your WebCAAF eAuthentication ID and password.  This is the same as your WebTCAS ID and password.

Customers (including TSPs) and Partner Employees

If you are anticipating becoming a Technical Service Provider please review the entire process at TechReg.  Please familiarize yourself with this process if you have not already done so.  Specific instructions on securing a USDA user account and password are located at getting started.

Proceed to the NRCS eLearning Center to login using your WebCAAF eAuthentication ID and password.

The General Public

As a member of the general public you may enroll only in the Web-based courses with a level 1 account. To enroll in self-study courses where materials are mailed to you, you must establish a Level 2 accounts with USDA.

For more information on Level 2 account, please go to USDA eAuthentication site.

Proceed to the NRCS eLearning Center to login using your WebCAAF eAuthentication ID and password.