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Watershed Rehabilitation

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 as well as progress toward rehabilitation accomplishments.

Watershed Rehabilitation Progress Report, January 2013

As of January 2013, there are 202 approved rehabilitation projects in 25 states. One hundred and twenty-one of these projects in 20 states have been completed; 50 projects in 12 states are being implemented (either in design or construction phase); and 31 projects in 12 states are in the planning stage. It also includes case studies of rehabilitation projects in Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia.

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Watershed Rehabilitation Progress Report, January 2013 (PDF, 491 KB)

Watershed Rehabilitation Status Summary Report, January 2013 (PDF, 230 KB)

Martinez Creek Dam No. 5 was built in 1964 for flood control and protection of agricultural land.

Pohick Watershed Dam No. 3

Martinez Creek Dam No. 5, Bexar County, Texas

Pohick Creek Watershed Dam No. 3,
Fairfax County, Virginia

Yellow River Watershed Dam No. 14 Gwinnett County, Georgia Sugar Creek Watershed Dam No. L- 44 Caddo County, Oklahoma

Yellow River Watershed Dam No. 14,
Gwinnett County, Georgia

Sugar Creek Watershed Dam No. L- 44,
Caddo County, Oklahoma

 

Watershed Rehabilitation Links

National Watershed Coalition                                                         

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If you have any questions, please contact Lorenzo Henderson, Watershed Rehabilitation Specialist, at 202-205-4098.