Skip Navigation

News Release

USDA Invests Over Two Million in Local Watershed Projects to Protect Communities and Vital Infrastructure

Natural Resources
Conservation Service
355 East Hancock Ave., Ste. 212
Athens, GA, 30601
Web:  http:// www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov

Release No.: 00018.18   ­

Contact:
Chris Groskreutz
(706) 546-2069
Chris.groskreutz@ga.usda.gov

Printable version (PDF) (38 KB)

ATHENS, GA (SEPTEMBER 21, 2018)  – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest almost $2.4 million in four multi-year projects in Georgia that aim to build vital infrastructure while conserving natural resources through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with local groups to help prevent floods, protect watersheds, improve agricultural water management and enhance wildlife habitat through this program.

“The health of the nation’s watersheds is important to reduce potential damage from flooding and erosion,” said Terrance O. Rudolph, NRCS state conservationist for Georgia. “This program plays a critical role in protecting lives and property and improving natural resources within our watersheds.”

The projects are both remedial and new and will take place in smaller watersheds that cover 250,000 acres or less. The projects are owned by local sponsors, such as conservation districts, local governments and American Indian tribes. NRCS serves as the primary technical adviser to project sponsors because of its engineering and environmental expertise and ability to deliver science-base technology and knowledge about the watershed’s natural resources and ecosystem.

Georgia’s projects include:

  • Indian Creek Reservoir: Planning for a new flood control and municipal water supply reservoir in Carroll County, GA.
  • Russell Creek Reservoir: Planning for a new flood control and municipal water supply reservoir in Dawson County, GA.
  • Bull Creek Watershed Structure No.3: Design and construction of remedial measures for the Bull Creek 3 watershed structure in Muscogee County, GA.
  • North Broad Watershed Structure No.33: Design and construction of remedial measures for the North Broad 33 watershed structure in Franklin County, GA.

Since 1947, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program has helped communities address critical needs on flood control, water management, watershed protection and development. This strong federal, state and local partnership has resulted in the construction of more than 2,000 watershed projects that help communities in every state and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. These watershed projects reflect a federal investment of about $6.2 billion and deliver an estimated $2.2 billion in average annual benefits nationwide.

More information on this program is available at www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov.