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.