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Planning Guidance: Flood Risk Management - Coastal
 

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  • Decision-making Chronology for the Lake Pontchartrain & Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project (2008)
    This site includes the decision-making chronology for the Lake Pontchartrain & Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project.

    Engineer Circulars (ECs)

  • Engineer Circular 1110-2-6070: Comprehensive Evaluation of Project Datum (2009 Expiration: unlisted)
    This circular provides guidance for a comprehensive evaluation of vertical datum on flood control, shore protection, hurricane protection, and navigation projects.

    Economic Guidance Memoranda (EGMs)

  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 00-03: Current Normalized Prices (2000)
    This memorandum provides FY 2000 normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 00-04: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs (2000)
    FY 2000 NFIP operating costs.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 01-04: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs, Fiscal Year 2001 (2000)
    Summary of NFIP operating costs from FY 1973 through FY 2001.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 01-05: Current Normalized Prices, Fiscal Year 2000 (2000)
    Normalized prices for years 1995-2000, at state and national level.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 02-01: Current Normalized Prices (2001)
    Provides data used in the economic evaluation of Corps of Engineers projects affecting agriculture.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 02-05: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs, Fiscal Year 2002 (2002)
    NFIP operating costs from FY 1973 to FY 2002.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 03-01: Current Normalized Prices (2002)
    This memorandum provides normalized prices for years 1997-2002, at both state and national levels.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 03-03: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs, Fiscal Year 2003 (2003)
    This memorandum provides FY 2003 NFIP operating costs.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 04-04: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs, Fiscal Year 2004 (2004)
    This memorandum provides NFIP operating costs from FY 1973 to FY 2004.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 04-05: Current Normalized Prices (2004)
    Notice of the availability of normalized agricultural prices from the USDA.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 05-02: Current Normalized Prices (2004)
    Current (2004) Normalized Prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 05-07: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs, Fiscal Year 2005 (2004)
    FY 2005 NFIP operating costs.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 06-01: Current Normalized Prices (2005)
    Current (Oct 2005) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 06-04: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs, Fiscal Year 2006 (2006)
    FY 2006 NFIP operating costs.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 07-02: Current Normalized Prices (2006)
    Current (Nov 2006) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 08-03: Current Normalized Prices (2007)
    Current (Oct 2007) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 09-02: Current Normalized Prices, Fiscal Year 2009 (2008)
    This memorandum provides a data link used in the economic evaluation of Corps of Engineers projects affecting agriculture.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 09-04: Generic Depth-Damage Relationships for Vehicles (2009)
    Guidance for generic vehicle depth-damage curves for flood damage reduction studies.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 10-02: Current Normalized Prices (2009)
    This memorandum provides current (Oct 2009) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 98-04: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs (1998)
    This memorandum provides FY 1998 NFIP operating costs. It also shows NFIP costs since 1972.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 99-04: National Flood Insurance Program Operating Costs (1999)
    This memorandum provides FY 1999 NFIP operating costs.

    Engineer Pamphlets (EPs)

  • Engineer Pamphlet 1110-2-8: Explaining Flood Risk (1992)
    Engineer Pamphlet improves the technical expert's skills in communicating information about flood risk to local officials and the public.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1110-2-9: Hydrologic Engineering Study Design (1994)
    Engineer Pamphlet describes activities necessary to design and prepare a Hydrologic Engineering Study for a Corps water resource investigation.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 13: Flood Damage Reduction (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides basic background on flood plain management, including structural and nonstructural measures. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 14: Shore Protection (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet discusses the federal interest in beach erosion, flood protection, beach nourishment and emergency protection, among other topics. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 17: Recreation (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet discusses federal recreation policy and philosophy, different types of recreation projects, project evaluation, and project finance. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-314: Flood Proofing Regulations (1995 Update needed)
    Engineer Pamphlet specifies flood-proofing measures and techniques that can be followed to regulate construction in riverine flood hazard areas.

    Engineer Regulations (ERs)

  • Engineer Regulation 1100-2-8162: Incorporating Sea Level Change in Civil Work Programs (2013)
    This Regulation provides guidance for incorporating the direct and indirect physical effects of projected future sea level change across the project life cycle in managing, planning, engineering, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining USACE projects and systems of projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix E, Civil Works Mission and Evaluation Procedures (2000)
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1403: Engineering and Design Studies By Coastal, Hydraulic, and Hydrologic Facilities and Others (1998)
    This regulation prescribes the policy and procedure for approval and technical supervision of coastal, hydraulic, and hydrologic studies related to planning, design, construction, and operation of projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1406: Coastal Field Data Collection (1990)
    This regulation describes the Coastal Field Data Collection (CFDC) Program
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1407: Hydraulic Design for Coastal Shore Protection Projects (1997)
    This regulation defines the hydraulic design engineer's responsibilities for initial design of coastal shore protection projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1453: Criteria For Standard Project Hurricane (SPH) and Probably Maximum Hurricane (PMH) Wind Fields (1981)
    This regulation provides direction for the development of Standard Project Hurricane (SPH) and Probable Maximum Hurricane (PMH) wind fields along the gulf and east coasts of the United States.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-2902: Prescribed Procedures for the Maintenance and Operation of Shore Protection Works (1989)
    This regulation provides specific performance requirements and guidance for accomplishing the satisfactory maintenance and operation of shore protection works.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-8160: Policies for Referencing Project Elevation Grades to Nationwide Vertical Datum (2009)
    This regulation provides guidance for proper and accurately referenced materials for flood forecasting, inundation modeling, flood insurance rate maps, navigation charting, and topographic mapping.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-8-2(FR): Inflow Design Floods for Dams and Reservoirs (1991)
    This regulation sets forth hydrologic engineering requirements for selecting and accommodating Inflow Design Floods (IDF) for dams and reservoirs.
  • Engineer Regulation 1130-2-406: Project Operation - Shoreline Management at Civil Works Projects (1990)
    This regulation provides policy and guidance on management of shorelines of Civil Works projects where 36 CFR Part 327 is applicable.
  • Engineer Regulation 1130-2-530: Project Operation - Flood Control Operations and Maintenance Policies (1996)
    This regulation establishes the policy for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of USACE flood control and related structures at civil works water resource projects and of USACE-built flood protection projects operated and maintained by non-Federal sponsors.
  • Engineer Regulation 1150-2-302: Local Cooperation - Annual Report on Local Cooperation Agreements (RCS: DAEN-CWO-44) (1981)
    This regulation states the procedure for reporting requirements of Section 221 of the Flood Control Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-611).
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-111: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Corps of Engineers Activities Under the Small Reclamation Projects Act of 1956, As Amended (1982)
    This regulation provides guidance regarding Corps of Engineers assistance to applicants for loans of projects with a flood control potential.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-117: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Responsibility for Costs of Improved Standards in Highway and Housing Relocations (1978)
    This regulation summarizes policy and procedures for identifying the costs of meeting improved standards when highways and housing are relocated due to construction of civil works projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-121: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Flood Control Cost-Sharing Requirements Under the Ability-to-Pay Provision-Section 103(M) of PL 99-662 (1989)
    This regulation gives instruction on implementation of Section 103(M) as it applies to flood control projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-123: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Single-Owner Situations (1992)
    This regulation provides policy guidance regarding Corps interests in civil works projects that would directly serve a single entity.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-130: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Federal Participation in Shore Protection (1989)
    This regulation provides policies and guidelines for determining the extent of federal participation in potential federal projects for protection from shore erosion, hurricanes, and abnormal tidal and lake flooding that result in damages or losses to coastal resources and/or development.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-21: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Flood Damage Reduction Measures in Urban Areas (1980)
    This regulation provides policy and guidance for participation in urban flood damage reduction projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-26: Water Resources Policies and Authorities, Implementation and Executive Order, Engineer Regulation 11988 on Flood Plain Management. (1984)
    This regulation sets guidance for USACE implementation of Order 11988, Floodplain Management, as it pertains to civil works projects in design and construction.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-27: Establishment of Wetland Areas in Connection with Dredging (1989)
    This regulation provides guidance for the establishment of wetland areas.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-29: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - General Credit for Flood Control (1987)
    This regulation establishes guidelines and procedures for application of Section 104 of Public Law 99-662.

    Institute for Water Resources

  • Agricultural Flood Control Benefits and Land Values (1971)
    This report is designed to present in some detail the results of successfully applying a land value approach using a multiple linear regression technique to two study areas. The bulk of the monograph is not directed to analyzing the utility of the approach per se, although the strengths and weaknesses are reviewed. The main concern is with a rather detailed exposition of the statistical analysis of areas in the Wabash and Missouri River Basins. In this respect it is written primarily for use at the field levels of the Corps to serve as a guide to the use of the approach in terms of the types of data required, the form of the data for use in the regression model, and the interpretation of the estimated regression model.
  • Analysis of Alternative Procedures for the Evaluation of Agricultural Flood Control Benefits (1971)
    This report is devoted to evaluating alternative methodologies to the frequency damage procedure for estimating agricultural crop flood control benefits. The Economic Research Service Regional Linear Programming model has been extended to the case of project analysis. The RLP model operates in the same way as a basin-wide firm and estimates the change in production costs (out of pocket cost) as flood protection (and drainage) measures are provided. Efficiency benefits are equal to decreases in production costs, since output is held constant. Critical assumptions and several major empirical problems encountered during the study are discussed. Finally, Part IV is a synopsis of the utility of the land value approach, the regional linear programming approach, and the frequency-damage approach.
  • Assessment of the Economic Benefits from Flood Damage Mitigation by Relocation and Evacuation (1985)
    The object of this research was to assess the current Corps procedures used in the economic evaluation of flood plain relocation and evacuation plans for flood damage mitigation. Based on this assessment, the report offers a theoretically sound framework to evaluate the NED benefits from evacuation and relocation plans.
  • Hurricane Fran Effects on Communities With and Without Shore Protection: A Case Study at Six North Carolina Beaches (2000)
  • National Economic Development Procedures Manual: Coastal Storm Damage and Erosion (1991)
    This manual describes coastal storm damage erosion prevention benefit evaluation procedures based on principles included in the U.S. Water Resources Council's Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies. The report presents selected, specific procedures for the entire process of benefit estimation and is intended for use in project feasibility planning and evaluation. It is intended to serve as a reference guide to questions posed by an economic analyst in conducting a coastal storm damage and erosion prevention benefit evaluation.

    Guidance Memos

  • Implementation Guidance for Section 1038(2) of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA 2014), Integrating Section 1122(i) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, Reduction of Federal Cost for Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Projects (2018)
    Section 1038(2) of WRRDA 2014 amends Section 204(d) of WRDA 1992, as amended (33 USC 2326) (formerly referred to as Section 207), to authorize the Secretary to select, with the consent of the non-Federal interest, a disposal method that is not the least cost option if the Secretary determines that the incremental costs of the disposal method are reasonable in relation to the flood and storm damage and flood reduction benefits, including shoreline protection, protection against loss of life, and damage to improved property and the environmental benefits, including the benefits to the aquatic environment to be derived from the creation of wetlands and control of shoreline erosion. Section 1122(i)(2) of WRDA 2016 further amends Section 204(d), as amended, by providing that disposal under Section 204(d) may include a single or periodic application of sediment for beneficial use and shall not require operation and maintenance. This section also authorizes the Secretary to accept funds from a non-Federal interest to dispose of dredged material as provided under section 103(d)(1) of WRDA 1986, as amended.

    National Shoreline Management Study

  • Addressing Economic Considerations in Shoreline Protection Proceedings of a Workshop for the National Shoreline Management Study (2004)
    In July 2002, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Institute for Water Resources (IWR) jointly sponsored a workshop with the Center for Economic Research, The George Washington University (GWU), to identify and discuss economic and financial considerations associated with shoreline protection. These proceedings provide a record of the workshop activities, including an overview of each speaker's presentation, copies of any slides or overheads used, and references to related readings or papers provided by the speakers.
  • Economics of the Shoreline: An Annotated Bibliography for the National Shoreline Management Study (2004)
    This report reviews 100 studies and reports pertaining to the economic consequences of shoreline change and related issues. This document will serve as a resource for the National Shoreline Management Study (NSMS) and is the first step towards developing a comprehensive bibliography of literature relevant to assessing the economic impacts of shoreline erosion and accretion and to inform eventual NSMS recommendations on appropriate levels of Federal and non-Federal participation in shoreline protection at the NSMS completion. This literature search focused mostly on three topics for the NSMS: (1) market and policy incentives related to public and private shoreline use and management decisions, (2) identification of the benefits and costs of shoreline protection, and (3) consideration of the fiscal impacts and financing of shoreline protection.
  • National Shoreline Management Study: The Corps of Engineers and Shore Protection: History, Projects, Costs (2003)
    This report discusses by year and summarizes by decade, major coastal storms, coastal legislation, significant coastal milestones and data on the ensuing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects since the start of the 20th century. The chronology shows that projects follow legislation, which follows public demands after devastating coastal storms. The report also defines the scope of the Corps shore protection program over the period in terms of the number and types of protective measures, lineal distances of protected shorelines, actual costs, and costs updated to September 2002. Projects under construction and in the planning stages are also listed.

    Policy and Special Studies Program

  • Beach & Nearshore Placement of Material Dredged from Federally Authorized Navigation Projects (1990)
  • Empirical Studies of the Effect of Flood Risk on Housing Prices (1998)
  • Shore Protection and Beach Erosion Control Study: Economic Effects of Induced Development in Corps - Protected Beachfront Communities (1995)
  • Shore Protection and Beach Erosion Control Study: Final Report: An Analysis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Shore Protection Program (1996)

    Webpage

  • Tales of the Coast (2010)
    "Tales of the Coast" describes the coasts of the United States and the varied ways that people interact with and affect coastlines. These discussions provide an understanding of the dynamic nature of coasts and their importance to the social and economic fabric of the U.S.


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