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Flood Control Dams In Harper County Paint Creek 1 1 $181,311 13 5 33 7,478 *Monetary benefits include reduction in flood damages and may include other benefits such as soil erosion control, recreational areas, irrigation water, municipal and industrial water supply, and wildlife habitat (Price Base 2010). February 2011 Annual Watershed Benefits Watershed Dams in Dams in *Monetary Farms / Ranches Bridges Wetlands Reduced Name Watershed Harper Co. Benefits Benefited Benefited Enhanced/Created Sedimentation (acres) (tons of soil) Harper County Conservation District (#21) firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 353 (#2 Miles Addition) Buffalo, OK 73834-0353 580/735-2418 Oklahoma has 2,107 flood control dams in 61 counties. These dam have been built in the state through conservation districts with financial and technical assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), authorized through Public Law 78-534, Flood Control Act of 1944 (Washita River Watershed) and Public Law 83-566 Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program. The primary purpose of flood control dams is to reduce flooding. The secondary benefits of the dams address a myriad of natural resource issues such as soil erosion, water quality, animal waste management, irrigation water management, water supply, wetland development or enhancement, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation. Watershed projects also include conservation practices such as terraces, waterways, ponds, gully control, and pasture and rangeland plantings. Operation and Maintenance of Dams The annual operation and maintenance of dams is a major responsibility for project sponsors (local units of governments such as conservation districts). Operation and maintenance of dams can be expensive and labor intensive, but is necessary to ensure dams function as they were designed and remain safe. Maintenance work includes clearing trees from dams and spillways, repairing erosion damage, repairing damage to dams and spillways following heavy rainstorms and keeping inlet towers cleared of debris. Operation and Maintenance Needs $22 million is needed to meet the operation and maintenance needs of the 2,107 flood control dams in the state for fiscal years 2012-2016. Annual Benefits The 2,107 flood control dams and conservation practices in the watershed projects provide an estimated $82 million in annual benefits. Listed below are the average annual benefits from watershed projects that are located in Harper county. Rehabilitation and Dam Safety Some dams will need rehabilitation to remain safe and protect the people that live or work downstream. It is estimated that $200 million will be required to rehabilitate the existing high hazard dams to comply with federal and state dam safety laws. More dams will become high hazard as long as residential and business development is allowed below the dam and in the breach flood area. NRCS assistance is available to project sponsors in rehabilitating flood control dams with 65 percent federal cost-share and technical assistance. Local project sponsors provide 35 percent of the rehabilitation costs.
|Okla State Agency||Conservation Commission, Oklahoma|
|Okla Agency Code||'645'|
|Title||Flood control dams in Harper County|
|Authors||Oklahoma Conservation Commission.|
|Publisher||Oklahoma Conservation Commission|
|Publication type||Fact Sheet|
Flood dams and reservoirs--Oklahoma--Harper County.
Watershed management--Oklahoma--Harper County.
|Purpose||Describes small watershed upstream flood control dams and reservoirs in the county.|
|OkDocs Class#||C4700.1 F621d 2011 Harper|
|Digital Format||PDF, Adobe Reader required|
|ODL electronic copy||Retrieved through Archive-IT|
|Rights and Permissions||This Oklahoma State Government publication is provided for educational use under U.S. Copyright law. Other usage requires permission of copyright holders.|