From the 1940s through the 1970s, local communities using Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assistance constructed more than 11,800 dams in 47 states.
As designated in the recent farm bill, USDA announced $262 million to provide rehabilitation assistance for 150 dams in 26 states.
Funds will be used for planning, design or construction. Also, 500 dam sites will be assessed for safety through NRCS’ Watershed Rehabilitation Program.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller and Representative Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, were in Oklahoma July 18 to recognize the importance of this announcement to agriculture and communities nationwide.
“This investment will protect people and property from floods, help keep our water clean, and ensure that critical structures continue to provide benefits for future generations,” Weller said. “Families, businesses and our agriculture economy depend on responsible management of dams and watersheds, and we are continuing to provide that support to these communities.”