P.L. 566 Coalitions
Vernon County is an active member of the National Watershed Coalition and the WI P.L. 566 Coalition.
One in 4 is located in Vernon County! There are 88 P.L. 566 Flood Control Dams in Wisconsin. Of these 88 Vernon County has 22 of them or 25%. The WI Coalition is comprised of 13 counties that work together to secure state support and grant funding for dam repair maintenance and removal with our WI – DNR partners. More State Dam Safety information can be found at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/dams/
The National Watershed Coalition provides avenues to gain federal support and funding for the ongoing maintenance, repairs and importance of the watershed program and the dams that are a part of them. More info on the coalition can be found here: http://www.watershedcoalition.org/
Some southern states have significantly more dams for an example Oklahoma has over 2000.
Info below cited from our federal partners with the USDA Natural Resource Conservat6ion Service (NRCS): http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nd/programs/?cid=nrcs141p2_001682Small Watershed Program - PL-566
The Small Watershed Program works through local government sponsors and helps participants solve natural resource and related economic problems on a watershed basis. Projects include watershed protection, flood prevention, erosion and sediment control, water supply, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, wetlands creation and restoration, and public recreation in watersheds of 250,000 or fewer acres. Both technical and financial assistance are available.