Guidance, information, and training on partnering with USACE and Centers of Expertise, conflict resolution, and engagement.
EP 1105-2-57: Planning Stakeholder Engagement, Collaboration and Coordination (formerly Appendix B of the PGN)
This pamphlet explains the benefits of, and requirements for, stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and coordination in Civil Works planning studies. These activities are critical to study success because they may foster trust and credibility between USACE and the communities we serve; increase collective understanding of problems; reduce controversy and litigation risks; and improve the quality and execution of our decisions. Note: This EP replaces the existing Appendix B of the Planning Guidance Notebook.
Implementation of the Interim Environmental Justice Strategic Plan: Memorandum and Strategic Plan
This memorandum transmits the USACE Interim Environmental Justice Strategic Plan for Implementation across the Civil Works enterprise and provides requirements for the development of district strategic plans. The plan, which outlines seven objectives based on the 15 March 2022 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works interim guidance, is included as an attachment.
Interim Implementation Guidance for Environmental Justice and the Justice40 Initiative
This memorandum provides interim guidance and direction to the (USACE Civil Works program related to the implementation of environmental justice and the Justice40 Initiative. This memorandum applies to all Civil Works programs and missions, other than the Regulatory Program.
Addendum to the Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative, M-21-28, on using the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST)
This White House memorandum provides heads of executive departments and agencies with an Addendum to the Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative, M-21-28, issued on July 20, 2021 (Justice40 Interim Guidance). The geospatial Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST or tool) was released in beta version on February 18, 2022. The version 1.0 of the CEJST was released on November 22, 2022. This memorandum provides supplemental guidance to Federal agencies on using the tool. Federal agencies should now start using the CEJST to identify geographically defined disadvantaged communities for any covered programs under the Justice40 Initiative and for programs where a statute directs resources to disadvantaged communities, to the maximum extent possible and permitted by law.
Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative
This White House memorandum provides heads of executive departments and agencies with guidance on how certain Federal investments might be made toward a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of such investments flow to disadvantaged communities the Justice40 Initiative. The Justice40 Initiative is a critical part of the Administrations whole-of-government approach to advancing environmental justice. The Interim Implementation Guidance provides the initial recommendations pursuant to section 223 of Executive Order 14008, and supports the Administrations comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all in line with Executive Order 13985. The Executive branch should implement this guidance in accordance with existing authorities in order achieve the 40-percent goal.
Tribal Partnership Program - Non-Traditional Water Resources Development Projects
This memorandum from the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works directs USACE to implement the Tribal Partnership Program (TPP) more broadly to provide the Army the flexibility to include projects that are not typically considered a traditional Corps water resources development project. It also directs that TPP comprehensive guidance under development will incorporate these additional "non-traditional" activities under the Program.
Director of Civil Works Memorandum - Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits in Decision Documents
This memorandum from the Director of Civil Works reiterates that the memorandum issued by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW)) dated 5 January 2021, Subject: Policy Directive - Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits in Decision Document is effective immediately, and that all feasibility studies and post-authorization studies will comply with the ASA(CW) memorandum.
Interim Environmental Justice Guidance for Civil Works Planning Studies
This memorandum provides guidance on and outlines the requirements for incorporating Environmental Justice into Civil Works planning studies based on the 15 March 2022 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works memorandum, Implementation of Environmental Justice and the Justice40 Initiative.
USACE Floodplain Management Services and Planning Assistance to State Outreach Plan: Providing Technical Assistance to Underserved Communities
This Outreach Plan was developed to provide a framework for implementation of Justice40 and the March 2022 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works "Implementation of Environmental Justice and the Justice40 Initiative memorandum. This plan stems from and complements the broader December 2022 USACE Interim Environmental Justice Strategic Plan: Community Outreach and Engagement and includes metrics to aid in tracking progress towards advancing environmental justice. Under the Justice40 initiative, the FPMS and PAS programs will strive to provide 40% of investments in climate and critical clean water and waste infrastructure in benefit of underserved communities.
Justice40 Initiative Covered Programs List for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Version 1.0
This is the inaugural list of eleven USACE programs covered under the Justice40 Initiative. The Justice40 Initiative was established by President Biden in Executive Order 14008 on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Justice40 covered programs are Federal programs that make covered investments in any one of the following seven categories: climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, remediation and reduction of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure.
Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)
The CPCX's mission is to enable Corps staff to anticipate, prevent, and manage water-related conflicts through collaboration while ensuring the interests of the public are addressed in a fair and transparent manner by: providing direct support to the field; building the Corps collaborative capacity; advising Corps leadership; and establishing the Corps as a thought-leader in collaboration. The CPCX webpage contains a wealth of information and resources related to collaboration and public participation, including guidance and policy documents, newsletters, links to other federal agency conflict resolution programs and resources, and descriptions of the CPCX's services.
CPCX Communication Plan Resources
This folder contains multiple resources for use by district personnel in developing communication plans, including a USACE Communication Planning Workbook annotated for Environmental Justice outreach.
Enhanced Engagement and Risk Communication for Underserved Communities: Research Findings and Emerging Best Practices
Compilation of training, research, best practices, and lessons learned on coastal hazard risk communication with residents in underserved and underrepresented communities collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
Guide for Preparing District Environmental Justice Strategic Plan
The Guide for Preparing District Environmental Justice Strategic Plans is intended to assist districts in the development of tailored plans, per the direction provided in the 16 December 2022 Director of Civil Works memorandum, Implementation of the Interim Environmental Justice Strategic Plan. The Guide includes specific instructions and a template (Section 5) for use by district personnel. Districts may adjust the template to their specific needs as each Area of Responsibility is unique; however, the primary components must be included as specified in the memorandum.
Partnering with the Corps
Resources for states, tribes, and communities that wish to partner with USACE, including information, webinars, guidance, and models.
Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations
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.
Risk Communication and Social Vulnerability: Guidance for Practitioners
With funding support from USACE, the Natural Hazards Center produced an annotated bibliography and practitioner-oriented guide summarizing academic research and practical guidance on the topic of hazards and disaster risk communication, with a particular focus on socially vulnerable populations.
Shared Vision Planning
Shared Vision Planning (SVP) is a collaborative approach to formulating water management solutions that combines three disparate practices: 1) traditional water resources planning, 2) structured public participation, and 3) collaborative computer modeling. IWR's SVP website includes tools, techniques, resources, references, and training materials. The USACE Shared Vision Planning webpage contains numerous SVP resources and tools, including methods, models, case studies, references, other educational material, and links to relevant training.
- Interest Based Negotiation (24 March)
- This webinar presented by the Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Center provided
participants an opportunity to learn about interest-based negotiation and tools for
transforming potential conflicts into jointly-developed solutions. Presenter Hal Cardwell
(Director, Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise) instructed
participants in how to move the conversation from “how to divide the pie” arguments
among parties into collaborative “expand-the pie” solutions that meet the interests of the
formerly competing parties. The webinar also led participants through an interactive
case study as well as discussed real-world USACE examples of the power of moving from
positions to interests.
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (21 October)
- In celebration of Conflict Resolution Day 2021, this webinar provided practical application
tips and an opportunity for conversation about negotiation and conflict resolution.
Presented by Hunter Merritt (Social Scientist, Collaboration and Public Participation
Center of Expertise), the webinar included participants sharing their collective
experiences in order to help others navigate project-related conflicts and improve
efficiency, trust, processes, and project execution.
- Alaska Native Cultures & Tribal Engagement (3 February)
- In this webinar, presenters Kelly Eldridge (Alaska District Archeologist) and Kendall
Campbell (Alaska District Tribal Liaison) introduced background information on the
history of Alaska Natives and the diversity of indigenous cultures in the state of Alaska.
The presentation included helpful hints and best practices for successful engagements
and working with Alaska Natives on Civil Works projects.
- An Introduction to Communication Planning (2 April)
- This webinar introduced participants to the new USACE Integrated Communication Planning Process. The process, which is
applicable across the enterprise, is the result of a collaborative effort between the Public Affairs Office (PAO) and the Project
Management, Planning, and Collaboration and Public Participation Communities of Practice (CoPs). Topics addressed included
how to identify stakeholders and potential issues, determining communication goals and objectives, and developing key
messages and talking points. The webinar was presented by Bill Peoples (Nashville District Public Affairs Chief) and Jacqueline
Tate (Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Public Affairs Chief).
- Applied Learning Environments (12 December)
- This webinar provided an overview of Applied Learning Environments (ALEs) and how
they can help the planning community build empathy and collaboration with stakeholders,
facilitate the development of more innovative alternatives, and save both time and money
during the planning process. ALEs are simulated environments designed to engage
participants in active/applied learning to achieve specific learning objectives (e.g., ERDC
Ship/Tow Simulator, emergency preparedness table top exercises, multi-hazard
tournaments, etc.) The webinar was presented by John Kucharski (HEC, Senior
Economist), Andrea Carson (LRP, Community Planner), and Hunter Merritt (SPK, Water
Resources Planner) and included an ALE application in which webinar attendees
- Floodplain Management Plans, A Short Course (6 April)
- Brian Rast, with the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise, Institute for Water Resources, presented an
overview of floodplain management plans and described how development and implementation of these plans can contribute
towards increased community resilience. Non-Federal interests are required to prepare and implement a floodplain management
plan as part of construction of cost-shared flood risk management or coastal storm risk management project (Policy Guidance
Letter 52). The presentation also shared examples of community-adopted floodplain management plans
- Shared Vision Planning through the Multi-Hazard Tournament Framework (5 May)
- Dr. Harvey Hill (IWR), Marcia Hackett (Ft. Worth District), Michelle Hamor (Baltimore District), and Jason Smith (Rock Island
District) shared their experiences with using the Multi-Hazard Tournament framework developed at IWR to engage communities
and other state and federal agencies in planning and problem solving across multiple hazards / objectives.
- SMART PLANNING & Effective Stakeholder Collaboration (9 June)
- Gigi Coulson (New Orleans District) and Joel Benegar (San Francisco District) provides updated recommendations on how to cost
effectively and efficiently incorporate vital public and stakeholder involvement into our diverse array of SMART planning projects.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution and we understand that without proper consideration of public involvement and stakeholder
collaboration, our projects can be left with significant risks and uncertainties during our formal public reviews. This webinar will
offer background about the challenge and importance of incorporating public involvement into our projects. It will also provide
suggestions and possible strategies on how we might use existing collaborative tools to implement public involvement strategies
and help your project avoid common pitfalls.
- USACE Tribal Engagement and SMART Planning (2 April)
- Chris Koeppel, RPA, Mississippi Valley Division Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison, discussed opportunities and tools to integrate
government-to-government consultation with Federally recognized tribes within the SMART Planning framework. His presentation
also includes talking points for communication with Federally recognized tribes.