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Watershed Rehabilitation

Local communities, with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assistance, have constructed over 11,000 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. 

A Watershed Rehabilitation Progress Report has been prepared that provides background on rehabilitation of aging watershed dams, summarizes the current status of rehabilitation projects and anticipated future requests for program assistance. 

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Watershed Rehabilitation Progress Report, February 2018 (PDF, 661 KB)
Watershed Rehabilitation Status Report, January 2018 (PDF, 424 KB)


Visit the NRCS National Watershed Rehabilitation Program Website

Watershed Rehabilitation Links


If you have any questions, please contact Lorenzo Henderson, Watershed Rehabilitation Specialist, at 202-205-4098.