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December 22, 2009

County gets dam repairs courtesy of stimulus funding

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has dam repairs started in Navarro County using Recovery Act funding with nearly $3.33 million to repair three flood control dams in the Sub-Watersheds of the Trinity River.

Federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will result in repairs to Chambers Creek dam No. 128 and Richland Creek dams Nos. 26 and 47. To date, repairs have begun on Chambers Creek dam No. 128. Together, these three dams encompass 3,040 project area acres, and will provide about $165,000 in annual benefits to downstream properties in the county.

“The dam repairs to these three flood prevention sites in Navarro County will help maintain the flood control structures for years to come, and protect the surrounding communities and public infrastructure that are vital to this area,” said Kristy Oates, NRCS district conservationist in Navarro County.

These needed repairs are from slope slides on the flood control dams, along with wave erosion damage that occurred during periods of heavy rainfall following extended drought. In turn, soil will be removed, treated with lime, and replaced to stabilize the slopes; therefore, all the repairs will ensure the dams are safe, providing benefits for years to come.

“As the population grows in the county, these dams that were originally built in rural areas are now helping prevent flooding in a more urban landscape,” Oates said.

Besides NRCS, sponsors for the dams include the Navarro County Commissioner’s Court and Navarro Soil and Water Conservation District.

Flood prevention dams within the Trinity River Watershed are a part of nearly 2,000 dams constructed in Texas by NRCS and local sponsors. These dams continue to provide nearly $120 million of annual benefits protecting downstream properties, infrastructure, and countless lives across the entire state.

Moreover, project repairs will maintain the integrity and function of the dams. Benefits include downstream protection of farms, communities, and bridges from flooding, reduced sedimentation into lakes and other waterways, and enhancement of riparian area wildlife habitat.

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