Washington (July 21, 2021) - The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (OASA(CW)) is providing an update today on the status of implementation guidance for the 170 sections in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.
The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW)) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducted a 60-day public comment period to provide an opportunity for the public to offer input and recommendations on the implementation of any sections contained in WRDA 2020. The comment period ended May 7.
Additionally, the ASA(CW) and USACE hosted five virtual stakeholder sessions where participants provided input and recommendations on the implementation of WRDA 2020 sections.
USACE received 134 unique comments on 86 of the 170 sections of WRDA 2020. All public input was considered during an evaluation process where 32 sections were identified as needing clarity to aid in the execution of the sections. The OASA(CW) and USACE are currently drafting implementation guidance for these sections.
Three sections were identified that may require rulemaking and three may require action under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Schedules to complete these six sections are being developed.
A list of the sections requiring implementation guidance is at the end of this release.
Signed implementation guidance once developed and WRDA 2020 sections that do not require implementation guidance will be posted to https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Project-Planning/Legislative-Links/wrda_2020/.
All requests for further information about this notice may be directed to Mr. Gib Owen, 571-274-1929 or email@example.com, or Ms. Amy Frantz, 202-761-0106 or WRDA2020@usace.army.mil.
Media inquiries should be directed to Ms. Robyn Colosimo of the OASA(CW) at (703) 209-6354 or Robyn.S.Colosimo.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sections Needing Implementation Guidance:
||Authorization of appropriations for navigation.
||Additional measures at donor ports and energy transfer ports.
||Review of resiliency assessments.
||Flood Protection Projects.
||Federal interest determination.
||Pilot programs on the formulation of Corps of Engineers projects in rural communities and economically disadvantaged communities.
||Permanent measures to reduce emergency flood fighting needs for communities subject to repetitive flooding.
||Emergency Response to Natural Disasters.
||Beneficial use of dredged material; dredged material management plans.
||Annual report to Congress on water resources infrastructure.
||Harmful algal bloom demonstration program.
||Materials, services, and funds for repair, restoration, or rehabilitation of projects.
||Rehabilitation of Corps of Engineers constructed pump stations.
||Dam remediation for ecosystem restoration.
||Levee accreditation process; levee certifications.
||Repair and restoration of embankments.
||Treatment of certain benefits and costs.
||Small water storage projects.
||Inland waterways pilot program.
||Definition of economically disadvantaged community.
||Studies of water resources development projects by non-Federal interests.
||Leveraging Federal infrastructure for increased water supply.
||Enhanced development program.
||Great Lakes coastal resiliency study.
||Lower Mississippi River comprehensive management study.
||Lower and Upper Missouri River Comprehensive Flood Protection.
||Annual reporting on dissemination of information.
||Extinguishment of Flowage Easements, Rough River Lake, KY.
||Rahway flood risk management feasibility study, New Jersey.
||No wake zones in navigation channels.
||Reduced Pricing for Certain Water Supply Storage.
Sections that may need Rulemaking:
||Construction of water resources development projects by non-Federal Interests.
||Implementation of water resources principles and requirements.
||Non-Federal Project Implementation Pilot Program.
Release no. 21-042