United States Department of AgricultureNatural Resources Conservation Service Agricultural Research Service Kansas State University

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its partners are actively involved in providing the tools and technology for maintaining safe dams. Through the programs of the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA has assisted in the construction of over 11,000 dams in 47 states since 1948. These dams provide flood control as well as water supply and recreation opportunities. The USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) works closely with the NRCS to develop the technology needed for the economical design and rehabilitation of these dams. Kansas State University is partnering with the USDA to incorporate the results of research and field experience into computational tools for use in design and maintenance of safe dams.  These tools provide the basis for optimal use of natural materials such as vegetation to protect embankments and spillways.

Additional information on the available resources and ongoing research is available by following the links to the left.

USDA ARS Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit

Watershed Project Locations

Constructed Dams