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Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program

Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO)

Staff Contact:
Britt Paul, Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources
Phone:(318) 473-7756


Through Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO), NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to states, local governments and Tribes (project sponsors) to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purpose of:

  • watershed protection
  • flood mitigation
  • water quality improvements
  • soil erosion reduction
  • rural, municipal and industrial water supply
  • irrigation
  • water management
  • sediment control
  • fish and wildlife enhancement
  • wetlands and wetland function creation and restoration
  • groundwater recharge
  • easements
  • wetland and floodplain conservation easements
  • hydropower
  • watershed dam rehabilitation

Under the Watershed Program, NRCS cooperates with States and local agencies to carry out works of improvement for soil conservation and for other purposes including flood prevention; conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and conservation and proper utilization of land.

NRCS implements the Watershed Program through:

A Locally Led Program


Project sponsors are provided assistance in installing planned land treatment measures when plans are approved. Surveys and investigations are made and detailed designs, specifications, and engineering cost estimates are prepared for construction of structural measures. Areas where sponsors need to obtain land rights, easements,and rights-of-way are delineated. Technical assistance is also furnished to landowners and operators to accelerate planning and application of needed conservation measures on their individual land units.  More Information

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