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Millsite Dam Rehab in Utah

Watershed Rehabilitation Program Investments

REHAB projects go through phases of implementation that includes planning, design, and construction. Several factors, required by law, are considered during each phase  to ensure viability, address cultural resources, protect wildlife and be sustainable for future generations.

PROJECT FUNDING

The Biden-Harris administration provided an historic $918 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding for NRCS Watershed Program infrastructure work in addition to the annual discretionary funds provided by Congress. BIL dollars immediately address the backlog of dam rehabilitation projects and kickstarted needed NRCS dam rehabilitation projects throughout the country: $118 million of BIL funds have been invested in 81 projects in 15 states with an additional $94 million of discretionary funding for 281 projects. 

Each watershed project has several factors that need to be considered and addressed prior to planning and design. Each one, has the potential to slow or even derail a project for a short period of time. What may seem like an unnecessary delay is vital to ensure a structure performs as intended, complies with federal design and safety standards, has public support, and ensures that all cultural and natural resources on the project site are not adversely impacted. A project funded with USA funds requires thoughtful consideration to confirm conservation measures will prove sustainable for future generations.

Dam rehabilitation is vital and today, due to continued funding by Congress and the historic investment by the Biden-Harris administration, dam safety, watershed conservation and watershed infrastructure are being rehabilitated for the next 100 years.

WATERSHED REHAB ACTIVE PROJECTS

Click on the map below to view projects in different phases of implementation. This map is updated quarterly. Updated: May 31, 2024.

 

Updated REHAB projects in U.S. Map

 


COMPLETED PROJECTS

Roller Compacted Concrete Spillway of rehabbed Dam

Plum Creek Site 10 – Buda, Texas 

Located near Austin, Texas, Plum Creek Watershed Dam No. 10 was constructed in 1962 as a low-hazard potential dam to help mitigate future flooding. The dam, now over 55 years old, had outlived it’s design life and no longer met current safety and design performance criteria due to existing and future development upstream and downstream of the dam.  A roller compacted concrete spillway with enhanced principal spillway pipe and new riser replaced the existing auxiliary spillway. The rehabilitation effort will extend the life and benefits of the dam for the local community for another 100 years and provide flood protection for the local communities downstream. Rehabilitation work was completed November 8th, 2023.

Bull Creek Site 12 Dam - Muscogee, Georgia

Bull Creek Site 12 Dam – Muscogee County, Georgia

Originally built in 1965 as one of eleven dams in the Bull Creek Watershed, to provide flood protection for the town of Columbus. The dam is now classified as high-hazard potential due to expansive housing development downstream. High-hazard potential means that lives and property located within the dam failure zones, would be lost in the event of a breach. To meet current dam safety and performance standards, a labyrinth crested weir (shown here) was chosen as the preferred alternative for rehabilitation. Construction began in 2021 and completed in 2024. Rehabilitation will extend the life and benefits of the dam for another 100 years.