Excerpt from the report: This booklet is about the new life that a watershed project can bring. Watershed projects are authorized under Public Law 566, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954. These projects help cities, towns, and rural areas solve their land and water problems and offer opportunities for economic growth. They are begun by local people and carried out largely through local effort. The Soil Conservation Service provides technical and financial help in planning and installing project measures.