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WRDAs and other Key Laws

    The Water Resources Development Acts and other "WRDAs" (including 2014s Water Resources Reform and Development Act, WRRDA) are omnibus water bills which provide congressional authorization for Corps of Engineers projects across the nation. The first WRDA was passed in 1974. Prior to 1974, Congress authorized the Corps' flood damage reduction and navigation enhancement projects in the same bill but under different titles including "River and Harbor Acts" and "Flood Control Acts."

    Water Resource Development Acts Implementation Guidance
    Implementation Guidance provides specific guidance to the field on the implementation of key provisions of law.

    Water Resource Development Acts

    River and Harbor Acts, and Flood Control Acts

    Water Resources Planning Act of 1965

    Laws of the United States Relating to the Improvement of Rivers and Harbors
    In response to WRDA 2007, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a set of products to update the “Compilation of Laws” of the United States relating to the improvement of rivers and harbors and other water resources development purposes as specified in the Act. Several volumes cover water resources development laws passed from 1790 through 2010.

    Executive Orders and Federal Policies

    Other Key Laws
    • Civil Works Environmental Desk Reference
        A desk-top reference on environmental statutes and environmental executive policy for Corps of Engineers Civil Works personnel.
    • Digest of Federal Resource Laws, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
        The Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a comprehensive list and description of all federal laws under which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service functions; including Administrative Laws, Treaties, Executive Orders, Interstate Compacts and Memoranda of Agreement.
    • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-01: Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
        A summary of Corps administrative and legislative water resources policies and authorities.
    • National Environmental Policy Act
        The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions. From Scoping to documenting the consideration of environmental impacts and decision-making process in an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment, the NEPA process goes hand-in-hand with the Corps project planning and development processes.