The Planning Assistance to States program, also known as the Section 22 program, is authorized by Section 22 of the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, of 1974, as amended. This law provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist states, local governments and other non-federal entities in the preparation of comprehensive plans for the development, use and conservation of water and related land resources. Section 208 of WRDA 1992 amended WRDA 1974 to include eligible Native American Indian tribes as equivalent to a state.
The needed planning assistance is determined by the individual states and tribes. The Corps accommodates as many studies as possible within the funding allotment. Typical studies are only done at a planning level of detail. They do not include detailed design for project construction. Studies fall into two categories: comprehensive plans and technical assistance.
Typical Types of Studies
The most common types of studies are for water supply, water conservation, water quality modeling, watershed analysis, wetland evaluations, floodplain management, dam safety/failure analysis, flood risk reduction and environmental conservation/restoration.
There are currently seven active Planning Assistance to States studies in the St. Paul District.
Projects are cost-shared 50-50 between the federal government and the non-federal sponsor. The sponsor is allowed to use work-in-kind as 100 percent of its cost share.
Current Studies and Projects
· Six Mile Creek Subwatershed Mitigation Planning Assessment. Study Cost = $130,000
· Prioritization of Wetland Restoration Opportunities in the Yellow Medicine River Watershed. Study Cost = $120,000
· Upper Mississippi River System Water Level Management. Study Cost = $360,000
· Upper Red River Wetland Restoration Assessment and Prioritization. Study Cost = $120,000
· Red River of the North Unsteady Flow Model. Study Cost = $170,000
· Souris Basin Study. Study Cost = $600,000
· Red Cedar Basin Assessment to Improve Water Quality. Study Cost = $600,000