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Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014

President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 into law on June 10, 2014.  WRRDA is the primary legislation by which Congress authorizes the Corps of Engineers’ key civil works missions, including navigation, flood risk management and environmental restoration.  The authorities provided in WRRDA help USACE continue to provide value to the nation in developing and maintaining the nation’s waterways and harbors, reducing damages from storm events, and restoring the environment.

USACE will develop “implementation guidance” for the provisions in WRRDA 2014, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), which will provide the policies and procedures to be used in implementing the new law.  All implementation guidance will be available publicly and can be found in the implementation guidance section below.

WRRDA is strictly an authorizing legislation; it does not include funding. The funding of WRRDA-authorized studies and projects is accomplished separately as part of the annual appropriations process.

Listening Sessions

The USACE will host four listening sessions to receive public input on the development of implementation guidance for WRRDA 2014. All public oral comments made during the listening sessions will be recorded.  The focus of each listening session is for the USACE to hear from our stakeholders and the public. These will not be discussions with USACE officials, or question and answer sessions. Any attendees who are unable to participate in one or more of the listening sessions are invited to submit written comments to: wrrda@usace.army.mil.

The slides, audio recording, and written transcript of each listening session and any written comments made as part of the listening sessions will be made publicly available via the official USACE WRRDA 2014 website.  Please note that the audio recordings, transcripts, and written comments will contain the names of those who comment, along with any other personal information he or she shares when commenting. You do not need to provide your name or other personal information. Written correspondence sent to wrrda@usace.army.mil will not be posted publicly unless the commenter indicates that they would like their emailed comments to be posted for the public.

August 13, 2014 Listening Session #1
Deauthorizations & Backlog Prevention, Project Development & Delivery
September 10, 2014 Listening Session #3
Levee Safety, Dam Safety, Regulatory
August 27, 2014 Listening Session #2
Alternative Financing, Credits
September 24, 2014 Listening Session #4
Non-Federal Implementation, Water Supply & Reservoirs

Implementation Guidance

Implementation guidance of WRRDA 2014 will be published as it becomes available.

Written Comments

Written comments may be submitted electronically to: wrrda@usace.army.mil.
These comments will not be posted publicly unless the commenter indicates that they would like their emailed comments to be posted for the public.