US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District

Section 408: Alteration to Corps of Engineers projects

Through the Civil Works program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers serves the public by providing the Nation with quality and responsive management of the Nation’s water resources. As a result, the Corps, in partnership with stakeholders, has constructed many civil works projects across the nation’s landscape. Given the widespread locations of these projects, many embedded within communities, over time there may be a need for others outside of the Corps to alter or occupy these projects and their associated lands. Reasons for alterations could include improvements to the projects; relocation of part of the project; or installing utilities or other non-project features. 

In order to ensure that these projects continue to provide their intended benefits to the public, Congress mandated that any use or alteration of a civil works project by another party is subject to the approval of the Corps. This requirement was established in Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. 

Section 408 provides that the Corps may grant permission for another party to alter a civil works project upon a determination that the alteration proposed will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the civil works project.

CURRENT Section 408 Public Notices

Sec. 408 permissions, alterations to Corps of Engineers projects: Argusville fiber optic cable
Halstad Telephone Company is requesting to make alterations to the flood control project on the Red River of the North at Argusville, North Dakota; specifically to direct bury a new fiber optic cable over top of the levee in three separate locations.
Date of Expiration: 01/16/2020


Section 408 Coordinator
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
180 5th Street East, Suite 700
Saint Paul, MN 55101



408 Policy and Guidance

The Engineering Circular 1165-2-220 was developed by the Department of the Army, United States Corps of Engineers as policy and procedural guidance for the processing of requests to alter Corps civil works projects pursuant to 33 USC 408.

EC 1165-2-220

Closed notices