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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

    Water Resources Planning Act of 1965

    River and Harbor Acts, and Flood Control Acts

    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
    • Presidential Executive Orders, Hoover to Current
        Presidential Executive Orders, Hoover to Current” Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government. They are published in the Federal Register and compiled in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
    • Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management
        The Executive Order, signed by President Carter, outlines procedures to be followed for multiple aspects of floodplain management.
    • Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands
        This Executive Order, signed by Jimmy Carter, outlines procedures to be followed for the protection of wetlands.
    • Executive Order 12322, Water Resources Projects
        This Executive Order, signed by President Reagan, directs efficient and coordinated planning and review of water resources programs and projects by ensuring that any reports, proposals or plans relating to a Federal or Federally assisted water and related land resources project or program is submitted to the Office of Management and Budget before being submitted to Congress.
    • Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
        The Executive Order, signed by President Obama, updates EO 11988 and establishes a federal flood risk management standard.
    • Federal Register
        The Federal Register (the daily newspaper of the Federal government) is a legal newspaper published every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Federal Register contains: Federal Agency Regulations; Proposed Rules and Public Notices; Executive Orders; Proclamations; and Other Presidential Documents.

    Other Key Laws