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    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.
  • Review
      Guidance, best practices, and examples of Quality Control, Agency Technical Review, and Independent External Peer Review of planning products.
  • Civil Works Budget
  • Public Participation and Conflict Resolution
  • Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)
  • Post-Authorization Change
      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 reports.
  • 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 processes.
  • 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 coastal barriers.
  • 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
      USACE will implement up to 10 projects for the beneficial use of dredged material pilot program. This pilot program was authorized by WRDA 2016 Section 1122 (a) - (h).