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Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program

Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program

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Authorizing Legislation

Public Law 78-534 ~ The Flood Control Act of 1944

This gives NRCS the authority to assist local units of government to plan and install measures to reduce runoff in 11 selected pilot watersheds in the nation. The Washita River Basin in Oklahoma was one of those eleven pilot watersheds.

Public Law 83-566 ~ The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954

This gives NRCS the authority to assist local units of government to plan and install needed water management and flood prevention measures in watersheds throughout the nation.

Watershed Projects Benefit Oklahoma Communities

Oklahoma has over a $2 billion infrastructure that provides over $72 million in benefits each year.

  • Flood Control
  • Water Supply
  • Erosion Control
  • Recreation
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife Habitat

Oklahoma Firsts in Watershed (map) (PDF; 255 KB)
Watershed Program in Oklahoma (brochure) (PDF; 489 KB)

You can visit the following national website Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Operations for additional information

For further information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.

Contacts

Bill Porter
Assistant State Conservationist (Water Resources)
Phone: 405-742-1206
Email: Bill Porter
April Burns
Water Resources Coordinator
Phone: 405-742-1284
Email: April Burns