Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works updates Water Resources Development Act of 2020 implementation guidance

Published July 21, 2021

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

All requests for further information about this notice may be directed to Mr. Gib Owen, 571-274-1929 or, or Ms. Amy Frantz, 202-761-0106 or

Media inquiries should be directed to Ms. Robyn Colosimo of the OASA(CW) at (703) 209-6354 or

Sections Needing Implementation Guidance:

102 Authorization of appropriations for navigation.
104 Additional measures at donor ports and energy transfer ports.
113(b) Review of resiliency assessments.
115 Flood Protection Projects.
117 Federal interest determination.
118 Pilot programs on the formulation of Corps of Engineers projects in rural communities and economically disadvantaged communities.
119 Permanent measures to reduce emergency flood fighting needs for communities subject to repetitive flooding.
120 Emergency Response to Natural Disasters.
125 Beneficial use of dredged material; dredged material management plans.
127 Annual report to Congress on water resources infrastructure.
128 Harmful algal bloom demonstration program.
130 Materials, services, and funds for repair, restoration, or rehabilitation of projects.
133 Rehabilitation of Corps of Engineers constructed pump stations.
138 Aging infrastructure.
141 Dam remediation for ecosystem restoration.
142 Levee accreditation process; levee certifications.
147 Repair and restoration of embankments.
152 Treatment of certain benefits and costs.
155 Small water storage projects.
159 Inland waterways pilot program.
160 Definition of economically disadvantaged community.
161 Studies of water resources development projects by non-Federal interests.
162 Leveraging Federal infrastructure for increased water supply.
164 Enhanced development program.
211 Great Lakes coastal resiliency study.
213 Lower Mississippi River comprehensive management study.
216 Lower and Upper Missouri River Comprehensive Flood Protection.
229 Annual reporting on dissemination of information.
328 Extinguishment of Flowage Easements, Rough River Lake, KY.
336 Rahway flood risk management feasibility study, New Jersey.
347 No wake zones in navigation channels.
350 Reduced Pricing for Certain Water Supply Storage.























Sections that may need Rulemaking:

105      Construction of water resources development projects by non-Federal Interests.
110 Implementation of water resources principles and requirements.
134 Non-Federal Project Implementation Pilot Program.


Gene Pawlik
Doug Garman

Release no. 21-042