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Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)

Updated March 2018
Published Feb. 26, 2015


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 Water Resources Development Act of 1996.  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 Flood Control Act of 1948.  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 erosion or shoreline protection projects authorized by Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946.  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 Water Resources Development Act of 1986.  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 Water Resources Development Act of 1996, authorizes the Corps to carry out projects for the protection, restoration and creation of aquatic habitats in connection with dredging for construction, operation, or maintenance of an authorized navigation project.


Current Studies and Projects:

Section 14 Emergency Streambank Stabilization

·      Colfax wastewater treatment lagoons
·      Dunn County Road M

Section 205 Flood Control

·      City of Montevideo
·      Crow River County Road 50

North Dakota:
·      City of Wahpeton

·      City of Arcadia

Section 1135 Modifications for the Environment

·      Sand Hill River
·      Lower Otter Tail River

Section 204 Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

·      Pigs Eye Lake, Ramsey County
·      Upper Pool 4 – Head of Lake Pepin

Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

·      Painter Creek, Hennepin County