Watershed Dams

Wise County has three watersheds in the County. They are Denton Creek, Big Sandy Creek, and Salt Creek & Laterals. The sponsors for Denton Creek are the Wise SWCD, Wise County Commissioners Court, and Wise County WCID #1.

Wise County has 109 Flood Prevention Structures and 14 miles of channel improvement on Denton Creek. of these 109 structures 81 are the larger dams. These structures were constructed under the Flood Control Act of 1944 (Public Law 78 - 534). The main purpose of these dams is flood prevention and there is some sediment storage built into the designs. These structures were designed and built by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The maintenance of these structures is carried out by the sponsors of the Watershed Program.

The landowner of any of these structures has to get permission from the Wise SWCD before anything is done to any structure or within the easement such as: building a fence, removing a fence, selling or removing water, altering the principal spillway or altering anything that has to do with the dam, building a structure, giving an easement across the sponsors easement, ect.

The Wise SWCD has the right to remove livestock from any structure that is being overgrazed or where livestock trails are causing an erosion problem.

If there are any questions or concerns about these Flood Prevention Structures Contact Wise SWCD.