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Watershed Rehabilitation

Local communities, with NRCS assistance, have constructed more than 11,800 dams in 47 states since 1948. Many of these dams are nearing the end of their 50-year design life. Rehabilitation of these dams is needed to address critical public health and safety issues in these communities. The following information provides background and case studies of rehabilitation needs of watershed dams across the nation as well as progress toward rehabilitation accomplishments.

2017 Watershed Rehabilitation Environmental Assessments

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Supplemental Watershed Work Plan No. 3 And Environmental Assessment For East Fork Clarks River Watershed Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 32 (Marshall County, Kentucky)

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Improving Communities in Kentucky Through PL-566: The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act across Kentucky.

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Supplemental Watershed Work Plan
And Environmental Assessment
For Red Lick Creek Watershed Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 12 (Madison County, Kentucky)

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2014 Watershed Rehabilitation Update

The 2014 Farm Bill made about $262 million available for rehabilitation of 151 dams in 26 states, including Kentucky. 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 Kentucky include:

  • Red Lick Creek
  • East Fork Clarks River
  • Mill Creek
  • Salt Lick Creek

Learn more about this program.

Keith Reed
State Conservation Engineer