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Watershed Program Facts and Figures for Texas

(As of December 2012)
Watershed Projects
Number of PL-534 Watershed Projects 51
Number of Pilot Watershed Projects 4
Number of PL-566 Watershed Projects 90
Number of RC&D Watershed Projects 3
Number of Rehabilitation Plans Authorized for Funding 14

 

Types and Numbers of Watershed Sponsors in Texas
Soil and Water Conservation Districts 106
Counties 86
Cities 50
Water Control and Improvement Districts 20
Watershed Authorities and Associations 6
Other Special Purpose Districts 14
River Authorities 1
State Recreation Areas 1

 

Benefits
Federal investment (financial assistance) in Texas to date (2011 dollars) $1.47 billion
Capitalized benefits to date (2011 dollars) $5.13 billion
Current average annual benefits (2011 dollars) $150 million

Unfunded Federal Commitment
(Structures planned but not installed)
Funds needed to install planned PL-534 structures $138 million
Funds needed to install planned PL-566 structures $106 million

Aging Dams
Total Number of watershed dams in state inventory 2,041
Total Number of floodwater retarding dams (does not include grade stabilization structures) 1,953
Number of floodwater retarding dams exceeding 50 years of age in 2012 642
Number of floodwater retarding dams that will exceed 50 years of age in 2017 1,116
Number of dams that need repair 193
Estimated total cost of repairs needed $48 million
Estimated maintenance needs $9.6 million

Dam Safety
Number of dams classified as high hazard 393
Number of high hazard dams, originally designed as low hazard or significant hazard that need to be upgraded to current safety criteria 280
Number of high hazard dams greater than 50 years of age in 2011 117

Rehabilitation
Number of high hazard dams rehabilitated to date 14
Number of high hazard dams that need to be rehabilitated (upgraded) 280
Estimated total cost of rehabilitation needs in Texas $558 million
Estimated federal share of total rehabilitation cost (65%) $413 million
Estimated watershed sponsors' share of total rehabilitation cost (35%) $145 million