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Watershed and Flood Prevention Act of 1954:

P.L. 83-566 (August 4, 1954) established USDA’s small watershed program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service; purposes of projects built under this authority include flood reduction, sediment and erosion control, and water conservation. Since its inception, over $4.2 billion has been appropriated to this program which has constructed more than 1,600 projects. Also known as the PL-566 program.

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