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DamWatch for NRCS

Watershed Operations photoDamWatch provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety. Through a secure interactive web interface, DamWatch will help watershed project sponsors monitor and manage dams that were built with assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  By monitoring these structures, project sponsors can better prevent and protect against hazardous, costly and potentially catastrophic events.

DamWatch offers project sponsors an effective way to manage watershed projects. It alerts personnel via email, fax or text message when dams experience one or more potentially hazardous conditions, resulting in the coordinated deployment of personnel and resources at the right time and place. Although NRCS personnel may elect to receive DamWatch alerts, the project sponsor is responsible for monitoring the dams and notifying authorities during an emergency. NRCS may be available to assist the project sponsor at the sponsor’s request.

Project sponsors can learn more about DamWatch with the following information:

NRCS employees and project sponsors with their level 2 eAuth credentials can access DamWatch at