Army Corps of Engineers: Water Resource Authorization and Project Delivery Processes

This report examines the standard development and delivery of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) water resource project (e.g., steps in the process, role of Congress, nonfederal project sponsor role). It also presents the evolving alternative project delivery and innovative finance options. This report provides an overview of USACE water resource authorization and project delivery processes and selected related issues. The report discusses the following topics: (1) primer on the agency and its authorization legislation, typically titled as a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA); (2) standard process for planning and construction of USACE water resource projects; (3) interest in and authorities for alternative project delivery and innovative finance for water resource projects; and (4) other USACE authorities, including its authorities for Continuing Authorities Programs (CAPs) and technical assistance, emergency response, and reimbursable work. Appendix A describes the evolution of USACE water resource missions and authorities. Appendix B provides an overview of Water Resources Development Acts and other USACE civil works omnibus authorization bills enacted from 1986 through 2018, which are collectively referred to herein as WRDAs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 41p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01705705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R45185
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2019 3:45PM