Local communities, with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
assistance, have constructed over 11,000 dams in 47 states since 1948. Many of
these dams are nearing the end of their 50-year design life. Rehabilitation of
these dams is needed to address critical public health and safety issues in
these communities. The following information provides background and case
studies of rehabilitation needs of watershed dams across the nation.