Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014 requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit a report to Congress that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, and proposed modifications to an authorized water resources development project or feasibility study that meet five enumerated criteria. The report is to be based, in part, upon an annual request for proposals by non-Federal interests.
Proposal must meet all the following criteria:
- Are related to the missions and authorities of the Corps of Engineers (USACE). USACE primary missions are navigation, flood risk management, and aquatic ecosystem restoration. Recreation, hydropower and/or water supply will be considered “related” when it is performed in conjunction with one or more of the primary mission(s).
- Require specific congressional authorization.
- Have not been congressionally authorized.
- Have not been included in the main table of a previous annual report.
- If authorized could be carried out by the Corps of Engineers.
The Corps is now accepting proposals for inclusion in the 2015 Report to Congress. The comment period is open and will remain open until September 23, 2015. Proposals by non-Federal interests must be entered online by September 23, 2015.
Submit proposals online at: http://www.wrrda7001proposals.us/
Proposals require the following information:
- The name of all non-Federal interests planning to act as the sponsor, including any non-Federal interest that has contributed to or is expected to contribute toward the non-Federal share of the proposed feasibility study or modification.
- State if this proposal is for a feasibility study or a modification to an authorized USACE water resources development project or feasibility study and, if a modification, specify the authorized water resources development project or study that is proposed for modification.
- State the specific project purpose(s) of the proposed study or modification.
- Provide an estimate, to the extent practicable, of the total cost, and the Federal and non-Federal share of those costs, of the proposed study and, separately, an estimate of the cost of construction or modification.
- Describe, to the extent applicable and practicable, an estimate of the anticipated monetary and nonmonetary benefits of the proposal with regard to benefits to the protection of human life and property; improvement to transportation; the national economy; the environment; or the national security interests of the United States.
- Describe if local support exists for the proposal.
- State if the non-Federal interest has the financial ability to provide for the required cost share
- Upload a letter or statement of support from each associated non-Federal interest.
For questions related to submitting a proposal for the 2015 Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, interested parties can email U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at firstname.lastname@example.org Additionally, non-Federal sponsors interested in submitting a proposal can contact Warwick Group Consultants for assistance at 202-787-5770 or email Madeline Urbish at email@example.com.
For additional information please see the May 26 Federal Register notice.