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Watershed Rehabilitation

The Watershed Rehabilitation Program helps project sponsors rehabilitate aging dams that are reaching the end of their 50-year design lives.  This rehabilitation addresses critical public health and safety concerns.  Since 1948, NRCS has assisted local sponsors in constructing more than 11,800 dams.

2014 Watershed Rehabilitation Update

The 2014 Farm Bill made about $262 million available for rehabilitation of 151 dams in 26 states, including Colorado.  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 and the risks to life and property if a dam failure occurred.

Projects in Colorado include:

  • Boxelder Creek Watershed B-2
  • Franktown - Parker FP-B1
  • Boxelder Creek Watershed B-3


Plan-EA’s are currently in progress for the sites listed below:

Plan-EA’s for the sites listed below have been completed:

Learn more about the Watershed Rehabilitation Program


John Andrews, State Conservation Engineer
Phone:  720-544-2834