U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works: Primer and Resources [Updated May 3, 2022]   [open pdf - 909KB]

From the Document: "Congress plays a role in the nation's water resource development [hyperlink] through authorization and appropriations of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects and activities. USACE is a Department of Defense agency that develops civil works projects principally to improve navigable channels, reduce flood and storm damage, and restore aquatic ecosystems. The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASACW) [hyperlink] provides policy direction and supervision of USACE civil works. A military Chief of Engineers [hyperlink] manages USACE's civil and military missions. USACE's 38 district offices [hyperlink] work with nonfederal project sponsors to develop water resource projects. Standard USACE project delivery [hyperlink] consists of USACE leading the study, design, and construction of authorized projects. Nonfederal project sponsors typically share in study [hyperlink] and construction [hyperlink] costs, including providing real estate and generally performing operation and maintenance [hyperlink] (O&M) for flood risk reduction and ecosystem restoration projects. USACE typically performs O&M for navigation and some multipurpose projects, such as dams. USACE operates [hyperlink] more than 700 dams and maintains [hyperlink] more than 900 coastal, Great Lakes, and inland harbors, as well as 12,000 miles of inland waterways. USACE projects typically require two separate congressional authorizations--one for studying feasibility and one for construction--and appropriations for both. This Insight summarizes the USACE authorization and funding processes and provides links to related resources."

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CRS Insight, IN11810
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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