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Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Environmental Infrastructure (EI) Assistance: Authorities, Appropriations, and Issues for Congress [June 22, 2022]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "Congress has authorized and appropriated funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 'environmental infrastructure (EI) assistance.' EI assistance is authorized and appropriated for the design and construction of certain infrastructure in specified municipalities, counties, and states. This assistance supports publicly owned and operated facilities, such as water distribution works, stormwater collection, surface water protection projects, and environmental restoration projects, among others. EI assistance generally falls into one of three authorization categories: [1] 'Section 219 EI.' Projects and activities (e.g., design assistance) at specific geographic locations (e.g., city, county, multiple counties) authorized through Section 219 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 (WRDA 1992; P.L. 102-580), as amended. [2] 'Non-Section 219 EI Projects.' Projects authorized in provisions other than Section 219 of WRDA 1992. [3] 'EI Programs.' EI programs authorized for broader geographic areas (e.g., states or regions of states), with eligible types of assistance authorized in various provisions. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) reviewed enacted legislation likely to include EI assistance authorities and deauthorization lists to identify over 280 EI assistance authorities with cumulative authorizations of appropriations totaling around $6.18 billion. The authorizations of appropriations for these activities vary widely, from $100,000 for a water monitoring station to $585 million for a seven-state EI program. CRS identified authorized EI assistance in at least 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. CRS did not identify authorities for EI assistance in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Washington, and other territories"

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CRS Report for Congress, R47162
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2022-06-22
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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