The Section 154 program encompasses Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas and Iron counties, Wisconsin. Program responsibilities are shared between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District and Detroit District.
The Section 154 program authorizes the Corps to provide assistance to northern Wisconsin public entities in the form of design, construction and reconstruction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure, resource protection and development projects. These include navigation and inland harbor improvement and expansion, wastewater treatment and related facilities, water supply and related facilities, environmental restoration, and surface water resource protection and development.
Fiscal year 2003 was the first year funding was received under the Section 154 program. Since fiscal year 2003, 82 projects have been supported under this program. An additional $1.3 million was received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) Act of 2009, which allowed for two of those projects.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 included $77 million for environmental infrastructure. Of this amount, St. Paul District did not receive any funds to support projects under the Section 154 program. Detroit District received $1 million to support the City of Ashland Ore Dock Redevelopment Project.
All projects managed by the St. Paul District have been closed out.
Section 154 of Public Law 106‒554, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001. Congress authorized $60 million for the program in northern Wisconsin.
FY 2003 ‒ FY 2011 $44,100,000
ARRA funds FY 2009 $1,300,000
FY 2016 – FY 2017 $967,000
FY 2019 $1,050,000
To date, $46 million in federal funds have been appropriated. Infrastructure assistance funding is provided on a 75 percent federal, 25 percent non-federal basis.