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Beneficial Use of Dredge Material Pilot Program

Non-Federal Sponsor Nomination of Pilot Projects

In accordance with the provisions of Section 1122(a)-(h) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, and as described in the Federal Register notice published on February 9, 2018, non-Federal sponsors are invited to nominate projects for the beneficial use of dredged material pilot program.

Instructions: Proposals must address the following questions to the fullest extent possible. Please include a Point of Contact for proposals.

Proposals may be submitted in any format, although for ease of processing, submitting your proposal in electronic format as an attachment to the email link below is preferred.


Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Pilot Program Proposal Information Requirements:

  1. Name and location of the proposed project.

  2. Purpose of the proposed project (see paragraph 5 of the Implementation Guidance).

  3. Description of the proposed project, including more detail on how material will be used beneficially to meet project purposes identified in 2 above.

  4. The name of all non-federal interests planning to act as the sponsor, including any non-federal interest that has contributed to or is expected to contribute toward the non-federal share of the proposed beneficial use project.

  5. List the authorized U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) water resources development project(s) that the proposed beneficial use project is associated with.

  6. Provide an estimate, to the extent practicable, of the total beneficial use project cost,· and the federal and non-federal share of those costs.

  7. Describe, to the extent practicable, an estimate of the anticipated monetary and non-monetary benefits of the proposed beneficial use project with regard to the environmental, economic, and social benefits of the project.

  8. Describe if local support exists for the proposal.

  9. Statement of the non-federal interest's financial ability to provide a. share of the project costs.

Questions, comments, and completed proposals can be emailed to the Corps HERE.

Proposals must be received by 12 March 2018.

If you wish to mail a proposal to the Corps, it must be postmarked no later than 12 March 2018.
We respectfully request that you contact the Corps prior to mailing it to insure expedient delivery and consideration.

Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Directorate of Civil Works
Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice
Attention: CECW-CO-OD
441 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20314

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Federal Register does not address who can submit a proposal, however the Federal Register Notice (FRN), the WRDA 2016 Section 1122 language, and the Implementation Guidance speak to the need for a non-Federal sponsor to assume the cost share responsibilities.  Entities eligible to serve as non-Federal sponsors are defined in 42 U.S.C. 1962-5b(b) and include legally constituted public bodies (including federally recognized Indian tribes, Native villages, Regional Corporations, and Village Corporations) and nonprofit entities with the consent of the affected local government.  All non-Federal sponsors must have the full authority and capability to perform the terms of their agreements with the United States and to pay damages, if necessary, in the event of failure to perform.  Further, the implementation guidance specifies that proposals should include the name all the non-federal interests planning to act as the sponsor, including any non-federal interest that has or is expected to contribute to the non-federal share of the proposed beneficial use project.

Regional Teams will be led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Division Commanders and will be formed within one month of the issuance of the FRN. USACE HQ encourages the Divisions to begin forming these teams to ensure they are ready to begin reviewing proposals no later than March 26th, the estimated date when HQ will send the proposals to the Divisions.

Applicants will note potential issues in the Pilot Project Proposal.  If a project is recommended, implementation would have to include acquiring the necessary real estate vehicles necessary for the work, environmental coordination, etc.

The proposals will be collected by USACE HQ and sent to the appropriate Divisions for evaluation by the Regional Teams led by the Division Commander.  The Regional Teams will coordinate with the District offices on pilot project proposals as appropriate.

For ease of review, it would be best if the proposals followed the format of the nine questions required in the Pilot Project Proposal.

Section 8 of the Implementation Guidance (IG) provides further detail on cost-sharing.  For projects under the pilot program that use material dredged from a Federal navigation project, the incremental costs above the Federal Standard for transporting and depositing such dredged material will be borne entirely by the Federal Government.   If such pilot projects involve additional activities other than transportation and placement of dredged material, such as wetland plantings or mechanical shaping of dunes and beach berms, those costs shall be shared in accordance with the cost-share requirements of Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Sec 204.  If additional material is dredged from a federal navigation project solely for the purposes of a pilot project, the costs associated with the additional dredging will be cost-shared with the non-federal sponsor in accordance with CAP Sec 204.  If a pilot project relies on dredged material from a non-Federal project, the dredging and transportation costs will be 100% non-federal; all other costs associated with the project will be cost-shared in accordance with CAP Sec 204.

Sec 1122 did not authorize an increase in the funding cap for Sec 204, nor did it provide a funding limit for pilot projects.  It only specified that the cost-sharing require follow Sec 204, with the modifications just discussed regarding incremental costs above the Federal Standard.

For the purposes of pilot project proposal submission, only a statement of the non-federal interest's financial ability to provide a share of the project costs.  Applicants are encouraged to provide letters of intent to the RTs for use in their completion of the Pilot Project Checklist.  If a proposal is one of the 10 recommended pilot projects, additional documentation will be required during the planning phase, along with any other necessary documents and coordination.

The pilot project proposal identifies the minimum information requirements, sponsors can submit other information if they have it.  Sponsors are encouraged to work with Districts and Divisions to provide supplemental information as needed to facilitate completion of the Pilot Project Checklist and Pilot Project Fact sheet, which are to be completed by the Regional Teams during their evaluation.

There is a public affairs roll-out of information for the pilot program.  A public outreach slide deck will be made available to the Divisions and Districts.  Part of the outreach includes using public notice lists, normal coordination teams and local stakeholders groups.  Reaching out to non-traditional partners is encouraged. During your outreach please encourage electronic submission of proposals, which is a much quicker and more reliable method to get information to the USACE HQ.  Regular hard-copy postal submissions must pass through the Senate mail security process, which can delay delivery of submissions by weeks.

The Federal Register Notice will be announced on www.federalregister.gov, which is searchable by many parameters.  The FRN will direct the public to the Corps’ WRDA 2016 Implementation website at: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Project-Planning/Legislative-Links/wrda2016/wrda2016_impguide/.  This website will have an obvious link to the instruction page for submissions.

No, there is no specific cost limit on a pilot project. Also, there are no specific appropriations for implementing the Pilot Projects at this time.  Additional guidance on potential funding sources/appropriations for each pilot project will be provided by ASA(CW)/HQ after the projects have been selected.

Pilot projects are not full-scale projects and therefore full-scale phasing should not be required.  But if they fall outside of the existing environmental coordination, new or expanded coordination will be required.  Reference section 9 of the IG, which states that the decision document (and associated environmental compliance) will be “appropriately scaled to the size and complexity of the project.