- General Information
About Corps Planning
USACE Agreement Models
Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreements (FCSAs), Project Partnership Agreements (PPAs), Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)s, Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs), Model Agreements, Local Cooperation Agreements (LCA) and more.
USACE Environmental Justice Scorecard (Phase One)
The Environmental Justice Phase One Scorecard provides a baseline assessment of the federal government's efforts to secure environmental justice. It outlines steps taken, processes implemented, and other actions by federal agencies in 2021 and 2022 to help achieve the Biden-Harris Administration's environmental justice goals and the implementation of Executive Order 14008. Establishing this baseline will help measure the progress of federal agencies over time, creating a tool for transparency and accountability.
Interagency and International Services (IIS) Program (Reimbursable)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) through its Interagency and International Services (IIS) Program provides REIMBURSABLE technical assistance to non-DoD Federal, State, and Local agencies, tribal nations, private industry, and foreign governments and organizations.
Public Outreach and Engagement
Guidance, information, and training on partnering with USACE and Centers of Expertise, conflict resolution, and engagement.
Civil Works Program Development
March 2011 presentation by the Programs Integration Division (PID) to the Planning Associates class on budget cycle, Corps structure and more.
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.
Strengthening USACE Collaboration With Tribal Nations for Water Resources Management
The purpose of this assessment and report is to assess the current state of USACE collaboration with Tribes and suggests new (or improved) collaborative strategies to help address the water resources challenges Tribal Nations confront. This assessment has two main objectives: (1) identify and assess the policy and procedural impediments experienced by Tribes and USACE when working together on water resources related issues, and (2) recommend existing or new policies, procedures, and tools to improve cooperation and collaboration between USACE and Tribes regarding water resources management for Native American communities.
Project Planning with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (April 2015)
This PowerPoint deck provides an overview of implementing a cost-shared single phase feasibility study with the Army Corps of Engineers. It is posted in PowerPoint so that Corps Districts can adapt it to their local needs and the needs of their sponsors.
- Interagency Partnerships
National Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)/USACE Partnership Handbook
This handbook aims to stimulate and facilitate active cooperation and collaboration between Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on water resource issues and challenges facing our Nation. This document is designed to convey to field staff of both NRCS and USACE basic information about each agency's missions, programs, capabilities, and modes of operation.
Section 1210(b) of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Fact Sheet
This FEMA fact sheet provides information on Section 1210(b) of the DRRA, which allows for FEMA to use the funds from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to implement certain mitigation activities that fall within the scope of USACE (i.e., federally authorized water resources development projects). For more information on HMGP, which assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation planning and projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration, visit the FEMA HMGP website. Note: Once HMGP funding is applied to construction of a federally authorized water resources development project, no further federal funding may be provided for the project's construction.
- Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet: 2023 Pilot Program for Water Resources Projects in Small or Disadvantaged Communities
This fact sheet provides information on how to apply to the 2023 pilot program under the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), which fully funds small water resources projects for economically disadvantaged communities under Section 165 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2020.
Interagency Nonstructural Efforts: How the Corps Can Assist with Activities that Reduce Flood Risk
Under the Floodplain Management Services (FPMS) Program, the Corps provides a wide range of technical services and planning guidance to support effective management of the floodplains associated with the rivers of the United States. Interagency nonstructural efforts that focus on flood risk reduction activities are services that can be provided through FPMS and support non-federal governments while promoting a collaborative approach. Each Fall, a "Call for Proposals" is issued internally within the Corps for such efforts and specifies the coming year's proposal submission requirements, evaluation criteria, and review processes.
Partnering with the Corps: Assistance to States, Tribes & Communities
The Corps' Civil Works Planning Program works with State, Tribal, and local governments to provide or coordinate technical assistance and engineering expertise through a variety of programs.
Corps Planning: Planning Assistance to States
Two types of planning assistance are offered through the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) program, Comprehensive Plans and Technical Assistance. Any State, or group of States, may partner with the Corps under the PAS program. Federally-recognized Tribes and U.S. Territories are also eligible partners in the PAS program. The PAS program is authorized by Section 22 of WRDA 1974, as amended, and is sometimes referred to as the "Section 22" program.
Corps Planning: Floodplain Management Services
Through the Floodplain Management Services (FPMS) program, the Corps provides information on flood hazards to local interests, state agencies, and other federal agencies to guide development of the floodplains of the rivers of the United States.
USACE Flood Risk Management Mission Overview
This fact sheet provides an overview of the USACE Flood Risk Management mission.
Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook
The Planning Guidance Notebook provides the overall direction by which the Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects are formulated, evaluated, and selected for overall implementation. This includes all appendices that were written at a later date.
Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Indigenous Knowledge
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) have jointly published government-wide guidance and an accompanying implementation memorandum for Federal Agencies on recognizing and including Indigenous Knowledge in Federal research, policy, and decision making. Indigenous Knowledge is a body of observations, oral and written knowledge, innovations, practices, and beliefs developed by Tribes and Indigenous Peoples through interaction and experience with the environment. This policy provides guidance for federal agencies considering and applying Indigenous Knowledge in making decisions with Tribal or Indigenous implications.
Planning Update for Section 8119 of the Water Resources and Development Act of 2022 (WRDA 2022), Technical Assistance
This memorandum provides guidance on the provision of assistance under the Section 22 Planning Assistance to States (PAS) program to economically disadvantaged communities, in accordance with Section 8119 of WRDA 2022. Eligible entities that meet the definition of economically disadvantaged community as defined under Section 160 of WRDA 2020 may request technical assistance and comprehensive water resource planning support under the PAS program at full federal cost.
Implementation Guidance for Section 204 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Assistance to Non-Federal Sponsors; Feasibility Analysis
Section 204 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 authorizes the Secretary to provide assistance to non-Federal interests for the development of project proposals described in Section 204(a)(2). The implementation guidance describes the process of including a non-Federal interest project proposal in the Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (WRRDA 2014 Section 7001). The non-Federal interest may request assistance with researching and identifying relevant study authorization(s) and Corps decision document(s) from the appropriate District Commander. The District Commander may also conduct an analysis of the proposal to determine whether a modification to an authorized project is necessary.
Model Cost Sharing Agreements for Planning Assistance to States
Implementation Guidance for Section 1159 of the Water Resources and Development Act of 2018, Regional Coalitions and Higher Education
Section 1159 of WRDA 2018 amends Section 22(a) of WRDA 1974 (42 U.S.C. 1962d-16(a)), to authorize regional coalitions of governmental entities to participate in the preparation of comprehensive plans for the development, utilization, and conservation of the water and related resources of drainage basins, watersheds, or ecosystems located within the boundaries of such State, interest, or entity. Additionally, Section 1159 amends Section 22(a) to authorize the Secretary to work with an institution of higher education in the preparation of comprehensive plans and in the provision of technical assistance. These Section 22 efforts are also known as the Planning Assistants to States (PAS) program.
Implementation Guidance for Section 3015 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA 2014) - Planning Assistance to States
Section 3015 of WRRDA 2014 further amends Section 22 of the Water Resources Development Act of 197 4 (Section 22) to authorize the Secretary to provide assistance in the preparation of comprehensive water resources plans to a State, or to non-federal interests working with a State. It provides for the establishment of fees to recover 50 percent of the cost of developing comprehensive plans and in providing technical fees under Section 22 and for the acceptance and expenditure of contributed funds in excess of such fees.
Implementation Requirements for Section 22 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974, as amended, and Non-Federal Interests
This memorandum provides additional guidance on the provision of assistance under the Planning Assistance to States (Section 22) program. The memo clarifies the conditions under which the Corps can provide assistance to a non-federal public body or a nonprofit entity.
Revisions to Implementation Guidance for Section 1030 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, Continuing Authorities
Section 1030 of WRRDA 2014 increases the programmatic limits and per project limits for certain Continuing Authority Program (CAP) authorities and for the Flood Plain Management Services (FPMS) Program. In addition, it provides that the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007 cost sharing amendment for beneficial use of dredged material does not apply to certain projects. Further, it provides that the entire non-federal share for projects under Section 1135 of WRDA 1986 may be provided by in-kind contributions. Finally, Section 1030 directs that the Secretary publish in the Federal Register the criteria used for prioritizing the annual funding for CAP projects and on an annual basis the status of each CAP project. This guidance is superseded by Engineer Pamphlet 1105-2-58, Continuing Authorities Program, dated 1 March 2019.
SMART Planning Feasibility Studies: A Guide to Coordination and Engagement with the Services
This guide was developed through a collaboration between the Corps, USFWS and NMFS. The Guide provides an overview of the SMART Planning process and demonstrates how key environmental coordination and compliance activities fit into that process. The Guide highlights opportunities for engagement and coordination at all stages of a planning study, re-emphasizing the need for early coordination.
USACE Project Partnership Agreements
This website has some current International, Federal and regional agencies, non-governmental, and academic partnerships.
- The Big U - Concept to Realization (24 August)
- This webinar provided an overview of the "Big U" Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) project in Manhattan that was
part of the post-Hurricane Sandy "Rebuild-by-Design" initiative. Edgar Westerhof (Arcadis Climate Adaptation Solution
Lead, North America) along with others from the "Big U" team discussed the Rebuild-by-Design initiative, which began in
response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact on the eastern U.S. and became a model to help governments create
research-based, collaborative processes that prepare communities and regions for future challenges. The presenters
addressed the challenges and opportunities that the "Big U" team experienced while developing and implementing this
project for New York City as well as lessons and best practices that can be applied to the USACE CSRM program, and
especially to projects located within our highly urbanized and diverse coastal communities.
- Sustainable Rivers Program (10 August)
- This PCoP Webinar provided an overview of the Sustainable Rivers Program (SRP), an ongoing national partnership
between USACE and The Nature Conservancy. Presenters Michelle Mattson (Institute for Water Resources), Jim Howe
(North American Policy & Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy), and Lane Richter (Regional Planning and
Environmental Division) discussed SRP’s mission to improve the health and life of rivers by changing infrastructure
operations to restore and protect ecosystems, while maintaining or enhancing other project benefits. SRP works with water
managers, operators, planners, scientists, and stakeholders to formulate alternative management strategies, modernize
strategies for operating purposes related to the environment, and deliver more benefits from already built USACE water
- WRDA 2020 Section 160: Definition of Economically Disadvantaged Communities Implementation Guidance Overview (4 May)
- In the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) was directed
to define “economically disadvantaged community” for the purposes of applying several other WRDA provisions – including
ability to pay, pilot programs, etc. Ms. Amy Frantz, HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor, provided an overview of the published
definition of “economically disadvantaged community” and highlighted the provisions in WRDA 2020 and WRDA 2022 that
reference the term.
- Lower Brule Tribal Partnership Project (12 January)
- This webinar provided an overview of the Omaha District’s partnering efforts with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, including
two Tribal Partnership Projects – one that is nearing construction completion and one new feasibility study. The
presentation compared formulation approaches spanning these two recent TPP projects and successes and lessons
learned. Presenter Greg Johnson (Chief of the Plan Formulation and Project Management Section, Omaha District Planning
Branch) discussed the importance of developing TPP projects that serve to meet unique Tribal needs within the framework
of USACE plan formulation policy and legal authorities.
- Interim Environmental Justice Guidance for Civil Works Planning Studies (17 November)
- In order to ensure consistent incorporation of environmental justice in Civil Works planning studies and to meet the goals
and objectives of the Administration, HQUSACE is providing guidance to ensure focused identification and engagement
with underserved and disadvantaged communities, full inclusion of those communities in the study development and
decision-making process, and additional requirements for the Alternatives Milestone Meeting (AMM). During this webinar,
Ray Wimbrough (HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor) gave an update on the new HQUSACE guidance and discussed next
steps for study teams. <1>Note: the Implementation of the Interim Environment Justice Strategic Plan Memorandum and
Interim Plan discussed during the webinar was signed on 16 December 2022.
- 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #5 - Partnering: Better Project Delivery Through Partnering and Tribal Engagement (11 August)
- The fifth PCoP Virtual Summer Series session focused on the importance of partnering with other federal agencies and Tribal
engagement in Planning.
- 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series – Session #2 – Partnering: Engaging Disadvantage Communities in the Age of Smart Planning: Environmental Justice (21 July)
- The focus of the second PCoP Virtual Summer Series session was on how to provide meaningful engagement while
implementing smart planning, discussion regarding implementation of ASA(CW) environmental justice (EJ) guidance, tools
for identifying and engaging with disadvantaged communities, and EJ success stories.
- Agency Technical Review (ATR) Certification (16 June)
- This webinar provided an overview of the categories of certification for Agency Technical Review in Planning, as well as
discussed certification application timelines and tips for success. Presenters included Debby Scerno (Environmental
Compliance/Ecosystem Restoration ATR lead, Headquarters Office of Water Project Review), Nancy Brighton (Cultural
Resources ATR lead, Headquarters Planning & Policy Division), Max Millstein (Economics ATR lead, South Atlantic Division),
and Charlie Hanneken (Plan Form ATR lead, Northwestern Division).
- NDMU Risk Management Certificate (2 June)
- This webinar provided an overview of on the distance learning Risk Management
Graduate Certificate Program available through the Notre Dame of Maryland University.
This year-long, graduate level training program prepares participants to provide
thoughtful, evidence-based approaches to reduce vulnerability; minimize risk to achieve
organizational goals; and to acquire the knowledge and skills most in demand for careers
in this growing field. Presenters included Karen Miller (HQ lead), Matt Shanks (LRD,
recent NDMU program graduate, and special guest Dr. Charles Yoe (NDMU professor and
author of Principles of Risk Analysis: Decision Making Under Uncertainty). Participants
learned about the program application process and had the opportunity to ask questions.
- Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (Section 7001 Report) (19 May)
- This webinar provided an overview of the annual Report to Congress on Future Water
Resources Development, also known as the 7001 Report. The presentation addressed the
entire process to complete the report, with emphasis on our outreach efforts and the
proposal evaluation process. Presenter Karla Roberts (Program Manager, Southwestern
Division Regional Integration Team) discussed requirements established in Section 7001
of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, as amended and details of
the annual process, including acceptance of non-Federal proposals, district, division and
headquarters evaluation of proposals, and development of the Report to Congress.
- FY23 FPMS Interagency Nonstructural Call for Proposals (10 February)
- This webinar provided an overview of the FY23 Floodplain Management Services (FPMS)
Interagency Nonstructural Call for Proposals, including the types of activities and
products that can be supported. The goal of the FPMS Interagency Nonstructural Call for
Proposals is to facilitate interagency flood risk management outcomes and collaboratively
leverage multiple agency resources and authorities. Presenters Jennifer Dunn (FPMS
Interagency Nonstructural lead) and Stephanie Bray (FPMS Program Manager) reviewed
the process and schedule for proposal submission and evaluation, offered tips and
cautions, reviewed select examples, and addressed questions.
- Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (7001 Report) (29 July)
- This webinar provided an overview of the annual Report to Congress on Future Water
Resources Development, also known as the 7001 Report. The presentation covered
requirements established in Section 7001 of the Water Resources Reform and
Development Act of 2014 (as amended), with an emphasis on the proposal evaluation
process. Presenter Karla Roberts (Southwestern Division Regional Integration Team)
discussed the annual process in detail, including the acceptance of non-Federal
proposals, District, Division, and Headquarters evaluation of proposals, and the
development of the Report to Congress.
- Planning Assistance to States Program Overview (25 February)
- This webinar provided an overview of the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) Program
(Section 22 of WRDA 1974, as amended) and was presented by Sharon Sartor (PAS
Program Manager). PAS is a USACE program that allows for providing cost-shared
technical assistance and comprehensive water resource planning support to non-federal
sponsors. The webinar included types of projects that can be conducted, how to get a
project started ,and examples of PAS projects from across the country presented by
District team members.
- 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.
- Introduction to the Alaska Native and Federal Relationship (27 January)
- This webinar, presented by Kendall Campbell (Alaska District Tribal Liaison), provided a
primer and some lessons learned on USACE Tribal requirements and obligations within
the Civil Works program.
- 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.
- Regional Coordination with Natural Resource Agencies: Tips & Lessons Learned (5 February)
- David Bauman from the Corps South Atlantic Division (SAD) provides tips, lessons learned and examples of coordination tools, as
well as suggests ways to positively engage with the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.