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.