USACE Planning activities take into account the National Historic Preservation Act, especially Section 106
Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix C, Environmental Evaluation and Environmental Compliance
Appendix C of the Planning Guidance Notebook has been superseded by the revised 1 April 2019 version
Guidance on National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Agreement Documents
Section 106 agreement documents play a critical role in documenting a federal agency's commitment to carry out and conclude their responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This guidance from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is provided to assist federal agencies, states, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, applicants, local governments, consulting parties, and the public in developing, implementing, and concluding such agreements.
National Register of Historical Places, State Historical Preservation Offices (SHPO)
The Corps coordinates with the SHPO offices to ensure proper care in identifying and considering historical sites. These offices place a role in surveying, evaluating, and nominating significant buildings, sites, structures, districts, and objects to the National Register.
NEPA and NHPA: A Handbook for Integrating NEPA and Section 106
CEQ and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) provide advice to Federal agencies, applicants, project sponsors, and consultants on how to take advantage of existing regulatory provisions to align the NEPA process and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 review process.
Cultural Resources Laws and Regulations
Overview of the National Historic Preservation Act and other cultural resources laws, regulations and guidance important for Corps Planning from the 2012 Environmental Considerations in Planning Corps training course.
- Cultural Resources Compliance Activities (2 May)
- This webinar, presented by Nancy J. Brighton (Cultural Resources Sub CoP Lead and
Deputy Federal Preservation Officer), provided an overview of Planning Bulletin 2018-01,
with a focus on the timing of cultural resources compliance activities. The presentation
walked through each of the bulletins decision points and product milestones, and
discussed what cultural resources efforts should be done at each point.
- Recent Environmental Streamlining and Risk-Informed Decision Making (One Federal Decision) (1 November)
- Ms. Lauren Diaz (HQ OWPR), with the support of the other environmental reviewers
within the Office of Water Project Review (Mr. Mark Matusiak, Ms. Evie Haberer, Mr. Jeff
Trulick, and Ms. Julie Alcon), provided an overview of recent initiatives focused on timely
environmental compliance, including Executive Order 13807 on "One Federal Decision"
and Section 1005 of WRRDA 2014. The webinar tied these initiatives together in the
context of risk-informed decision making within the environmental discipline, so that
environmental compliance can be conducted in a timely manner and fully integrated into
a 3x3 compliant study.
- Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) Success (15 March)
- The 15 March 2018 Planning CoP Webinar will share information on Archaeological
Resources Protection Act (ARPA) success in Mobile District. Mobile District has
developed partnerships to combat looting on USACE Historic Properties.
- Section 106, Cultural Resources and SMART Planning (20 August)
- Nancy Brighton, Supervisory Archaeologist and Chief of the Watershed Section in New York District, walked through the steps in
the Section 106 process with the required information needed at each milestone under SMART Planning. The presentation will
assist Cultural Resources Specialists with planning cultural resources activities at each phase, and assist planners in
understanding the determination of "appropriate level of detail" throughout the progress of the study. Nancy's talking points are
included in the PDF, if you missed the presentation. To view the talking points in Adobe Reader, right click on the comments icon
in the top left of the slide and "Show Comments List" - this will make it easier to expand each slide's notes.