Corps planners use many processes in their day to day work. Here are some of the most commonly used processes.
- Project Delivery
Learn the project delivery lifecycle from problem
identification to project operation and maintenance.
6-Step Planning Process
Planning process, guidance, and training.
- Plan Formulation
The process by which USACE planners develop and evaluate alternative plans to address a specific water resources problem.
Guidance, best practices, and examples of Quality
Control, Agency Technical Review, and Independent
External Peer Review of planning products.
Civil Works Budget
Public Outreach and Engagement
Guidance, information, and training on partnering with USACE and Centers of Expertise, conflict resolution, and engagement.
Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)
With the USACE Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), USACE and a local partner can plan, design, and implement certain types of water resources projects without additional project-specific congressional authorization. CAP studies and projects are of a more limited size, cost, scope, and complexity compared to specifically authorized studies and projects.
The Corps conducts studies and provides
recommendations to Civil Works projects after
authorization via "post-authorization" studies and
reports, including general reevaluation studies,
validation studies, and engineering documentation
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
Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA)
USACE Planning takes into account the Coastal Barrier
Resources Act (CBRA), which encourages the
conservation of hurricane prone, biologically rich
Fish and Wildlife Coordination
USACE Planning activities take into account several fish
and wildlife coordination and protection laws, including
the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife
Coordination Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management Act.
National Historic Preservation Act
USACE Planning activities take into account the National
Historic Preservation Act, especially Section 106.
Clean Water Act
The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic
structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the
waters of the United States and regulating quality
standards for surface waters.
Partnering with the Corps
General information, fact sheets, and guidance on
USACE assistance to states, Tribes, and communities,
including information on interagency partnerships,
USACE agreement models, project partnership
agreements, and more.
Beneficial Use of Dredged Material
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers routinely creates value from dredged sediments though beneficial uses such as beach nourishment, enhancing wetland habitat, and brownfield reconstruction. Using dredged sediment beneficially is an important component of USACE’s dredged material management strategy, significantly reducing disposal requirements.