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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated September 2017


Description
Under the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is authorized to plan, design and construct certain types of water resource and ecosystem restoration projects without additional and specific congressional authorization. The purpose is to implement projects of limited scope and complexity. Each authority has specific guidelines and total program and per-project funding limits. Studies are cost-shared 50-50 during feasibility. Most projects are cost-shared 65 percent Federal and 35 percent non-Federal during implementation, unless otherwise noted. The following are the most commonly used CAP authorities:

• Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration authorized by Section 206 of the 1996 Water Resources Development Act. Per-project Federal funding limit of $10 million. Designed to develop aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection projects that improve the quality of the environment, are in the public interest and are cost effective.

• Small flood control projects authorized by Section 205 of the 1948 Flood Control Act. Per-project Federal funding limit of $10 million. Designed to implement projects that reduce overland flood damages. Projects must be economically justified, environmentally acceptable and include sound engineering.

• Emergency streambank protection projects authorized by Section 14 of the 1946 Flood Control Act. Per-project Federal funding limit of $5 million. Designed to protect essential public facilities or historically significant sites threatened by flood-induced erosion.

• Project modifications for the improvement of the environment authorized by Section 1135 of the 1986 Water Resources Development Act. Federal funding limit of $10 million. Designed to modify existing Corps projects for the purpose of improving environmental quality. Cost-shared 75 percent Federal and 25 percent non-Federal during implementation.

• Beneficial use of dredge material projects authorized by Section 204 of the 1996 Water Resources Development Act, authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out projects for the protection, restoration and creation of aquatic and ecologically related habitats, including wetlands, in connection with dredging for construction, operation, or maintenance of an authorized navigation project.
 



Current Studies and Projects:
Section 14 Emergency Streambank Stabilization
Wisconsin:
- Colfax wastewater treatment lagoons
- Dunn County Road M

Section 205 Flood Control
Minnesota:
- City of Montevideo
- Crow River County Road 50

North Dakota:
- City of Wahpeton

Wisconsin:
- City of Arcadia


Section 1135 Modifications for the Environment
Minnesota:
- Sand Hill River
- Lower Otter Tail River

Section 204 Beneficial Use of Dredged Material
Minnesota:
- Pigs Eye Lake, Ramsey County
- Upper Pool 4 – Head of Lake Pepin

Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration
Minnesota:
Painter Creek, Hennepin County

CAP civil works Continuing Authorities Program Section 1135 Modifications for the Environment Section 14 Emergency Streambank Protection Section 204 Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Section 205 Flood Risk Management Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration St. Paul District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers