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Urbanization Impacts on Watershed Dams’ Function and Rehabilitation

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  072158.(doi:10.13031/2013.23238)
Authors:   Aaron L Peter
Keywords:   Dam Rehabilitation, Urbanization, Hazard Classification, Watershed Program

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Small Watershed Program, carried out under Public Law 83-566, resulted in the installation of thousands of floodwater retarding dams across the country. Big Creek Watershed in Arkansas has 21 dams, installed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) under this program, designed to protect valuable agricultural land from flooding. This watershed, much like others around the country, is now experiencing rapid urban expansion from a nearby city. With a quickly growing population and greater demand for recreation, lands upstream and downstream of the dams have become prime real estate covered by large homes, expansive lawns, and golf facilities.

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