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Watershed Rehabilitation

Watershed Rehabilitation

Local communities in Alabama, with NRCS assistance, have constructed over 100 dams since 1961.  Many of these dams are nearing the end or have met their design life.  Rehabilitation of these dams is needed to address critical public health and safety issues in these communities.   This is of a grave concern since Alabama does not have a safe dam program to access and evaluate these structures on a yearly basis.  The following information provides background and case studies of rehabilitation needs of watershed dams across the nation as well as progress toward rehabilitation accomplishments.

2014 Watershed Rehabilitation Update

The 2014 Farm Bill made about $262 million available for rehabilitation of 151 dams in 26 states. These watershed management projects provide an estimated $2.2 billion in annual benefits in reduced flooding and erosion damages, recreation, water supplies and wildlife habitat for roughly 47 million people. Projects were identified based on recent rehabilitation investments, risks to life and property if a dam failure occurred, and the willingness of the sponsors to perform the rehabilitation.  No watershed dams are proposed for rehabilitation in Alabama at this time.

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Projects in Alabama Include 13 Dam Assessments in the Following Watersheds:

Big Nance Creek
Cahulga Creek
Choccolocco Creek
Crooked Creek
Powell Creek
Mush Creek
Tallaseehatchee Creek

When the dam assessments are completed, NRCS will assist the sponsors in completing Emergency Action Plans.

More Information

FY 2014 Watershed Rehabilitation Projects Funding Table

FY 2014 Dam Assessments Requests - Phase III

National NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation.

Contact:  Diane Guthrie, Alabama State Conservation Engineer, 334-887-4536