NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  USDA/NRCS Watersheds  There are over 1,300 active or completed watershed projects. Assistance may be provided in authorized watershed projects to install conservation practices and project measures (works of improvement) throughout the watershed project area. The planned works of improvement are described in watershed project plans and are normally scheduled to be installed over multiple years. All works of improvement, including floodwater retarding dams and reservoirs, are owned and operated by the sponsoring local organizations and participating individuals.The Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program provides technical and financial assistance to States, local governments and Tribes (project sponsors) to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purpose of:watershed protectionflood mitigationwater quality improvementssoil erosion reductionrural, municipal and industrial water supplyirrigationwater managementsediment controlfish and wildlife enhancementhydropower  Under the Watershed Program NRCS cooperates with States and local agencies to carry out works of improvement for soil conservation and for other purposes including flood prevention; conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and conservation and proper utilization of land.  This program will also be linked on the 2017 Actions and Activities Page of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at  Tim SmithSustainable Water Resources CoordinatorGovernment Web Site, Water Resources Site,