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Watershed Rehabilitation

North Dakota NRCS

Watershed Rehabilitation Program


The Watershed Rehabilitation Program helps project sponsors rehabilitate aging dams that were originally constructed through the NRCS Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Operations Program (WFPO).  As of 2020, in ND there have been 14 high hazard dams, 26 significant hazard dams, and 9 low hazard dams constructed through the WFPO program in North Dakota.  NRCS prioritizes funding based on the risks to life and property should a failure occur; therefore, currently only high hazard dams are eligible for funding through the program.  NRCS provides assistance to local project Sponsors for assessment, planning, design, and construction.

Current/Recent ND Watershed Rehabilitation Projects

Project Name Sponsor Start Date Status (Aug 2020) Available Information
Tongue River Dam #M-4 (Renwick Dam) Pembina County WRD 1995 Construction complete Rehabilitation Plan/EA Renwick Construction
Middle South Branch Forest
River Dam #1 (Matecjek Dam)
Walsh County WRD 2018 Dam rehabilitation plan
underway
Feasibility Report/Plan of Work
Middle South Branch Forest River
Dam #4 (Fordville Dam)
Walsh County WRD 2019 Dam rehabilitation plan
underway
Feasibility Report/Plan of Work
North Branch Forest River Dam #1 (Bylin Dam) Walsh County WRD 2019 Dam rehabilitation plan underway Feasibility Report/Plan of Work
Tongue River Watershed Dams
#M-3 (Senator Young Dam)
#T-7-1 (Olson Dam)
#T-3-1 (Bourbanis Dam)
Pembina County WRD 2019 Dam rehabilitation plan
underway
Feasibility Report/Plan of Work
Upper Turtle River Dam #9   (Larimore Dam) Grand Forks County WRD 2019 Dam rehabilitation plan
underway
Feasibility Report/Plan of Work
Mott Watershed Dam Hettinger County WRD 2019 Dam assessment underway  
English Coulee Dam Grand Forks County WRD 2019 Dam assessment underway  
Upper Turtle River Dam #5 Grand Forks County WRD 2019 Dam assessment underway  

National Watershed Rehabilitation Website

ND Program contact:  Christi Fisher, State Conservation Engineer (701)530-2091