Watershed Rehabilitation Program

To provide technical and financial assistance to rehabilitate dams originally constructed with assistance of USDA Watershed Programs.

Rehabilitation must extend the life of the dam and meet applicable safety and performance standards.

Priority is given to dams that could result in loss
of life if the dam should fail.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Since 2002, Federal assistance for watershed rehabilitation has been provided on 72 watershed projects.

This program provides technical and financial assistance to State agencies and units of local government in addressing public health and safety concerns with homes and businesses downstream from the dams.

These projects also reduce flooding and sediment damage some projects also include the development of multipurpose facilities for such uses as recreation, improvement of fish and wild-life habitat, irrigation, and water supply to municipal and industrial users.

Examples: watershed rehabilitation projects protect public health and safety of residents in the communities of Gwinnett County, Georgia (Yellow River Watershed); McKinney, Texas (East Fork Above Lavon Creek Watershed); Ramon, Oklahoma (Double Creek Watershed), and Carlsbad, New Mexico (Hackberry Draw Watershed).

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - For list of NRCS State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Watermark Environmental, Incorporated $ 83,196   2012-02-162013-09-30
Watermark Environmental, Incorporated $ 32,214   2011-07-152012-09-30
Conservation Commission Of Oklahoma $ 700,000   2011-03-182012-09-30
Gladen Construction, Inc. $ 18,709   2011-03-162012-09-30
Gladen Construction, Inc. $ 34,745   2011-03-162012-09-30
Soil And Water Conservation Commission, Georgia $ 411,173   2010-11-232012-09-30
Watermark Environmental, Incorporated $ 10,123   2010-09-232011-09-30
Watermark Environmental, Incorporated $ 1,171,000   2010-09-232011-09-30
Magma Flood Control Dist $ 4,800,000   2010-09-272011-09-30
Flood Control District Of $ 11,000,000   2010-09-272011-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not available at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Technical assistance is provided in planning, designing, and implementing watershed rehabilitation works of improvement.

Financial assistance is provided for sharing costs of measures for watershed rehabilitation projects.

Watershed rehabilitation projects may include reconstruction or decommissioning of the dam and relocation or flood proofing of downstream property.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Sponsoring local organizations for existing watershed projects that include dams that were originally constructed with assistance from one of the following water resource programs: Public Law 78-534, Section 13 of the Flood Control Act of 1944; Public Law 156-67, the pilot watershed program authorized under the heading Flood Prevention of the Department of Agriculture Appropriation Act of 1954; Public Law 83-566, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954; and Subtitle H of Title XV of the Agriculture and Flood Act of 1981, commonly known as the Resource Conservation and Development Program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any State agency, county or groups of counties, municipality, town or township, soil and water conservation district, flood prevention or flood control district, Indian tribe or tribal organization, or any other nonprofit agency with authority under State law to carry out, maintain, and operate watershed works of improvement may become a sponsoring local organization for a watershed rehabilitation project.


Applications must designate the proposed dam to be rehabilitated, be properly signed and attested to by all sponsoring local organizations of the existing watershed, and set forth the need for the proposed project.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102, must be used for this program.

Environmental assessments or an Environmental impact statement are required for all projects.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergove