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Tag: Section 408
  • September

    Project Alteration Reviews: Section 408

    Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 authorizes the Secretary of the Army to grant permission for alterations to existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects under certain circumstances. Authority to approve alterations has been delegated to the District Commander in most cases, although certain alterations require approval from the Director of Civil Works at the Corps’ headquarters. Section 408 provisions apply to works that were built by the Corps and are locally maintained, such as local flood control projects. They also apply to works that are operated and maintained by the Corps, such as locks and dams. Proposals submitted for Section 408 review and approval undergo a rigorous engineering, policy and environmental review by the Corps and, if required, independent external peer review.
  • February

    Souris Basin Section 408

    Following the 2011 flood event, North Dakota developed a preliminary engineering report that evaluated alternatives to mitigate flood risks throughout the Souris Basin. The report recommended a flood risk management project that would provide protection up to the 2011 flood of record levels or approximately 27,400 cubic feet per second (cfs).
  • Project Alteration Reviews: Section 408

    Title 33 USC 408 authorizes the Secretary of the Army to permit others to alter and modify an existing Corps project in certain circumstances. Within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the authority to approve Section 408 permissions has been delegated to the Director of Civil Works at Corps headquarters. Approval for minor or routine alterations may be delegated to district engineers within the Corps. The Corps may grant permission for the alteration or permanent occupation or use of any of its public works when in its judgment such occupation or use will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the Federal works.