The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has placed a notice in the Federal Register calling for proposals by non-Federal sponsors for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized projects. The Corps is also looking for proposals for feasibility studies to be included in the agency's report to Congress on future water resources development. The notice was posted on Mary 26, 2015 and will remain open for comment until September 23, 2015.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014 included a provision requiring the Assistant Secretary of the Army to submit an annual report to Congress that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies by non-Federal sponsors, and proposed modifications to an authorized project. The FY 2015 report by the Assistant Secretary received considerable criticism from House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) for only including 19 projects, while placing the remaining applications and public comments in the appendix to the report. The next report will be due February 1, 2016.
Interested parties can submit proposals online at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/ProjectPlanning/WRRDA7001Proposals.aspx, send an email to the help desk at WRRDA7001Proposal@usace.army.mil or call Lisa Kiefel, Planning Community of Practice, Headquarters, USACE, Washington, DC at 202-761-0626.
For more information and details on what must be included in proposals, visit the Federal Register notice online.