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Planning plays a vital role in supporting the Corps of Engineers Civil Works water resources development mission. Through planning activities, including feasibility studies, Continuing Authorities Program studies, watershed studies, comprehensive/large scale studies, general reevaluation studies, validation studies and other post-authorization change studies - and more, Corps planners help decision-makers identify water resources problems, conceive solutions to them, and compare the importance of the inevitable conflicting values inherent in any solution.

The Planning Community Toolbox includes a wealth of information for planners and project delivery teams, including the policy, guidance, processes, and tools that are used every day in planning.

Core Planning Policies and Guidance
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 Black Dot Image Planning Community Toolbox Core Civil Works Planning Guidance Page - This page contains the core Civil Works Planning Guidance required by USACE Planning professionals. This guidance provides the overall direction by which the Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects are formulated, evaluated, and selected for overall implementation and includes the Engineer Regulation and Engineer Pamphlets that have superseded Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100, the Planning Guidance Notebook.
 Black Dot Image Engineer Regulation 1105-2-103: Policy for Conducting Civil Works Planning Studies - This regulation provides overall direction by which USACE formulates, evaluates, and recommends projects for implementation and other actions to address water resources problems through the Army Civil Works program. The planning process must address the Nation’s water resources needs in a systems context and seek to identify innovative alternatives for application across the full range of the USACE programs and authorities. In parallel with the development of these important planning concepts, this regulation is also intended to be useful for those outside of the USACE (or non-federal partners) authorized to develop water resources projects (Title 33, Section 2231 of U.S. Code (33 USC 2231)). ER 1105-2-1103 supersedes ER 1105-2-100, Chapters 1, 2, and 3, dated 22 April 2000.
 Black Dot Image Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook - The Planning Guidance Notebook provides the overall direction by which the Corps of Engineers civil works projects are formulated, evaluated, and selected for overall implementation. ER 1105-2-100, the Planning Guidance Notebook will be superseded by several different pieces of new guidance. This December 2023 version of the ER contains the elements of the Planning Guidance Notebook that are still in effect (Chapter 4 and Appendices C, D, E and G).
Key Resources
 Black Dot Image Feasibility Report Format and Content Guide (2021) - This guide provides general recommendations for the format and content of USACE feasibility reports with an integrated Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The guide can be used a starting point for nearly all feasibility reports and is appropriate for use by entry-level to senior planners. It may also be used as a reference for policy reviewers and technical specialists. The format described in the guide is not mandatory.
 Black Dot Image Planning Workforce Development Guide (2023) - This document provides PCoP members guidance in holistic development based on their individual career goals and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel in USACE water resources planning. The October 2023 update of the document includes the addition of KSAs and Career Roadmaps for all Planning Sub-Communities of Practice (Plan Formulation, Economics, Environmental, and Cultural Resources) as well as other updates to content and resources
 Black Dot Image Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations (2019) - Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations provides potential sponsors with information on the programs and processes available for non-Federal partners and USACE representatives to work together to address the Nation’s water resources problems. The Guide includes an overview of the USACE Civil Works Program and describes how USACE can work with local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and other non-Federal partners on activities ranging from technical services and advice to planning and constructing water resources projects. A previous version of this document was originally published as the Project Partnership Kit by IWR back in 1996 and revised in 2001.
 Black Dot Image The Importance of Early Coordination Under the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act - This guide was developed through a collaboration between the Corps, USFWS and NMFS. The Guide provides an overview of the SMART Planning process and demonstrates how key environmental coordination and compliance activities fit into that process. The Guide highlights opportunities for engagement and coordination at all stages of a planning study, re-emphasizing the need for early coordination.

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Policy and Guidance Updates
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ball graphicMemorandum: Report to Congress on Easements Related to Water Resources Development Projects, Section 8235 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022

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Planning Community Webinars
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Other News
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More News/What's New Postings
 Black Dot Image Program Manager, Planning, Programs & Project Management Division, Savannah District (GS-14) - The Savannah District, Planning, Programs and Project Management Division is seeking a supervisory Program Manager (GS-14). Responsibilities include: directing the formulation of the district's ten-year Civil Works program and annual program budget; maintaining the district's project management AIS P2 system; planning, directing, and reviewing the district's efforts to ensure quality in all aspects of project delivery; supervising and directing the Program and Project Management Division; and directing allocation of project resources in accordance with PMPs to assure objectives and commitments are effectively met. This position will be filled from the Program Management job series. This position qualifies for relocation expenses reimbursement in accordance with agency policy. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number CERL241360627400).


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