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Watershed Rehabilitation

The NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation Program helps local municipalities, water control districts, irrigation districts and other project sponsors rehabilitate aging dams that are reaching the end of their 50-year design lives. These rehab projects address critical public health and safety concerns. Funding for this program is allocated nationally to various projects across the U.S. as an effort to increase investments in infrastructure to protect lives and property while accelerating economic growth.

Current Dam Rehabilitation Projects Underway in Oregon

Plat I Dam Rehabilitation
Sponsor: Sutherlin Water Control District

The Plat I dam was constructed by the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service) in 1966 to provide irrigation water to agricultural producers in the Sutherlin watershed area, located in southwest Oregon in Douglas County. It also provides flood storage and recreational opportunities to the area. The dam is reaching the end of its 50-year design life. NRCS, in conjunction with the Sutherlin Water Control District, is proposing to rehabilitate the dam and address aging infrastructure issues. The two parties are working together to evaluate the dam and develop and implement rehabilitation recommendations. NRCS is currently working on a series of studies, investigations, modeling, and analyses to assess and document the current state of the dams and to provide a basis for developing more detailed engineering plans for the dams. These engineering plans will detail work needed to bring the dams up to current environmental, engineering, safety, and seismic standards. Throughout this process, NRCS and the District will be conducting public meetings and will be coordinating with state, federal, and local agencies.
 

Cooper Creek Dam Rehabilitation
Sponsor: Sutherlin Water Control District

The Cooper Creek dam was constructed by the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service) in 1969 to provide supplemental water supply for the City of Sutherlin, located in southwest Oregon in Douglas County. It also provides flood storage and recreational opportunities to the area. The reservoir stores the flow of Cooper Creek, a tributary of Sutherlin Creek. The dam is located about eight miles upstream from the North Umpqua River. The dam is reaching the end of its 50-year design life. NRCS, in conjunction with the Sutherlin Water Control District, is proposing to rehabilitate the dam and address aging infrastructure issues. The two parties are working together to evaluate the dam and develop and implement rehabilitation recommendations. NRCS is currently working on a series of studies, investigations, modeling, and analyses to assess and document the current state of the dams and to provide a basis for developing more detailed engineering plans for the dams. These engineering plans will detail work needed to bring the dams up to current environmental, engineering, safety, and seismic standards. Throughout this process, NRCS and the District will be conducting public meetings and will be coordinating with state, federal, and local agencies.
 

Pilcher Creek Dam Rehabilitation
Sponsor: Powder Valley Irrigation District
Status: Assessment

The Pilcher Creek Dam is located in Baker County, Oregon. Pilcher Creek Dam is owned and operated by the Powder Valley Water Control District.  A Watershed Work Plan for the Wolf Creek watershed was completed by the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and its partners in 1966.  Pilcher Creek Dam was constructed in 1984 to provide storage and regulation of irrigation water.  Pilcher Creek Dam was constructed with funding from Public Law 566 (PL-566) Section 14 of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act.  The assessment is a preliminary investigation of the condition of the dam to provide the Sponsor with information on whether to proceed with rehabilitation of this aging dam. The assessment shall include information about the condition of all structural components, the designed and current potential hazard classification, and the associated risks for loss of life and property.
 

Wolf Creek Dam Rehabilitation
Sponsor: Powder Valley Irrigation District
Status: Assessment

The Wolf Creek Dam is located in Union County, Oregon.  Wolf Creek Dam is owned and operated by the Powder Valley Water Control District.  A Watershed Work Plan for the Wolf Creek watershed was completed by the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and its partners in 1966.  Wolf Creek Dam was constructed in 1975 to provide flood protection, irrigation, and recreation. Wolf Creek Dam was constructed with funding from Public Law 566 (PL-566) Section 14 of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act.  The dam is reaching the end of its 50-year design life.  The assessment is a preliminary investigation of the condition of the dam to provide the Sponsor with information on whether to proceed with rehabilitation of this aging dam.  The assessment shall include information about the condition of all structural components, the designed and current potential hazard classification, and the associated risks for loss of life and property.
 

Bullard-Deadman Dam Rehabilitation
Sponsor: Town of Lakeview
Status: Assessment

This Bullard-Deadman Dam is located just east of the Town of Lakeview in Lake County, Oregon. The dam is owned and operated by the Town of Lakeview.  A Watershed Work Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Deadman and Bullard Creek watersheds was completed by the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and its partners in 1992.  Bullard-Deadman Dam was constructed in 2000 to provide flood protection and storage with funding from Public Law 566 (PL-566) Section 14 of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act.  The assessment is a preliminary investigation of the condition of the dam in order to provide the Sponsor with information on whether to proceed with rehabilitation of the dam. The assessment shall evaluate the condition of all structural components, the designed and current potential hazard classification, and the associated risks for loss of life and property.
 

Name of Project: Clear Branch Dam Rehabilitation
Sponsor: Middle Fork Irrigation District
Status: Assessment

The Clear Branch Dam is located in Hood River County near Parkdale, Oregon.  Clear Branch Dam is owned and operated by the Middle Fork Irrigation District.  A Watershed Work Plan for the Middle Fork of Hood River Watershed was completed by the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and its partners in 1962. The primary objective of the Watershed Work Plan is to provide a clean dependable water supply and an improved water distribution system for the irrigation of up to 8,000 acres.  Clear Branch Dam was constructed in 1968 to provide irrigation water to the Upper Hood River Valley with funding from Public Law 566 (PL-566) Section 14 of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act.  The dam is reaching the end of its 50-year design life.  The assessment is a preliminary investigation of the condition of the dam in order to provide the Sponsor with information on whether to proceed with rehabilitation of this aging dam.  The assessment shall evaluate the condition the condition of all structural components, the designed and current potential hazard classification, and the associated risks for loss of life and property.

 

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