Section 22 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-251), as amended by Section 205 of the 1992 WRDA, provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist states, eligible Native American Indian tribes, local governments or other non-federal entities in the preparation of comprehensive plans for the development, utilization, and conservation of water and related land resources.
The Planning Assistance to States Program is cost shared on a 50 percent federal-50 percent non-federal basis up to $500,000 annually. Typically, individual studies, of which there may be more than one per state or tribe per year, generally cost $25,000 to $75,000.
Every year, each state and Native American tribe can provide the Corps its request for studies under the program; the Corps then accommodates as many studies as possible within the funding allotment.
Typical studies are only planning level of detail and do not include detailed design for project construction. The studies use standard engineering techniques and involve analysis of existing data for planning purposes. Some data collection is often necessary. Most studies become a basis for planning decisions.
The program can encompass many types of studies dealing with water resources issues. Types of studies conducted in recent years under the program include the following:
- Water Supply and Demand Studies
- Water Quality Studies
- Environmental Conservation/Restoration Studies
- Wetlands Evaluation Studies
- Dam Safety/Failure Studies
- Flood Damage Reduction Studies
- Flood Plain Management Studies
- Coastal Zone Management/Protection Studies
- Harbor/Port Studies
Organizations in the Norfolk District area of operations that are interested in learning more about the district’s planning assistance to states program contact the program manager at 201-7825