The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has assisted watershed sponsors in construction of nearly 207 floodwater retarding structures in 52 watershed projects across Arkansas. Of the 52 watersheds, NRCS has assisted watershed sponsors in installation of land treatment practices, channel improvements, and water control structures for watershed protection.
The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (PL-566) authorizes NRCS to help local organizations and units of government plan and implement watershed projects. PL-566 watershed projects are locally led to solve natural and human resource problems in watersheds up to 250,000 acres (less than 400 square miles).
PL-566 works through local government sponsors and helps participants solve natural resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis. Projects can include flood prevention and damage reduction, development of rural water supply sources, erosion and sediment control, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, wetland creation and restoration, and increased recreational opportunities.