The Section 154 program authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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.
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.
St. Paul District last received funds under the Section 154 program in fiscal year 2010. There are currently no active Section 154 projects managed by the St. Paul District.
Detroit District currently has four active Section 154 projects, including the city of Superior’s Hill Avenue Interceptor, the city of Bayfield’s Apostle Islands Marina, the Red Cliff Band’s wastewater treatment plant improvements and the Red Cliff Band’s west water loop.
Section 154 of Public Law 106‒554, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001. Congress authorized $60 million for the program in northern Wisconsin.
The Section 154 program has received a total of $56,309,579.38; $3,690,420.62 remains on the authorization. Infrastructure assistance is provided on a 75% federal, 25% non-federal sponsor basis.