Watershed Upstream Flood Control
Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of small watershed upstream flood control dams constructed with 2,107. The state has always been a leader in flood control beginning with the construction of the first flood control dam in the nation in 1948, Cloud Creek Dam Number 1.
More on the Watershed Flood Control Program
Many of the earlier constructed flood control dams in the state were built with a designed 50-year life span. Of the 2,107 dams built in the state, 807 dams will reach the end of their 50-year life in 2013 and that number will be 943 in 2014. By 2015 that number will be 1,100 (over one-half of the dams). Some dams need be rehabilitated to ensure they continue to function as they were designed and remain safe.
More on Watershed Rehabilitation
A library of information about the Small Watershed Upstream Flood Control Program in Oklahoma and about selected sites across the state. Includes "Flood Control Dams Prevented $320 Million in Damages During 2007 Storms" and "Multi-Purpose Sites Provide Benefits in Addition to Flood Control" and 36 more fact sheets. Also, Flood Control Dams by County fact sheets.
Watershed Fact Sheets
Flood Control Dams by County
Flood Control Dams by Congressional and State Legislative District
Living with Dams: Know Your Risks from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency