The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the 2021 Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development. The report, in accordance with Section 7001 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, provides Congress with a list of proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-federal interests, completed Chief’s Reports recommending projects for authorization, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities. The report is submitted to Congress for consideration of authorization for USACE studies, projects, and environmental infrastructure programs; it does not provide funding which is done separately through Congress’s annual appropriations process.
Proposed studies and project authorizations to be included in the annual Report to Congress must meet the five specific criteria listed below, established in WRRDA 2014:
- It is related to USACE missions and authorities as a proposed or existing USACE water resources project or effort whose primary purpose is flood and storm damage reduction, commercial navigation, or aquatic ecosystem restoration.
- It requires specific congressional authorization.
- It has not been congressionally authorized.
- It has not previously been included in the main report body of another annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development.
- If authorized, it could be carried out by USACE.
Proposals for new study or project authorizations are listed in the report alphabetically by state; inclusion in the report does not reflect an endorsement of the proposal by USACE or the administration. Submitted proposals that do not meet the five criteria have been added in the report’s appendix.
This year’s Report to Congress includes nine proposals and one Chief’s Report in the main body and 17 proposals in the appendix.
The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) certifies that, based on the information received from the non-federal interests, each proposed feasibility study and proposed modification to an authorized water resources development project or feasibility study included in this main report meets the criteria established in WRDA 2014 Section 7001.
Proposals for consideration in the 2022 Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development are currently being evaluated.
For more information on the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, visit https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Project-Planning/WRRDA-7001-Proposals/.
Release no. 21-046