Water Resources Development Act of 2020 Comment Period and Stakeholder Sessions

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW)) is issuing this notice for a comment period for stakeholders and other interested parties to provide input and recommendations to the ASA(CW) on any provisions in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.  The Office of the ASA(CW) will consider all comments received by May 7, 2021 before any implementation guidance is issued.

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works updates Water Resources Development Act of 2020 implementation guidance  (Press Release, 21 July 2021)

All requests for further information on the notice may be directed to Mr. Gib Owen, 571-274-1929 or gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil or Ms. Amy Frantz, 202-761-0106 or WRDA2020@usace.army.mil

Media inquiries should be directed to Ms. Robyn Colosimo of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works at (703) 209-6354 or Robyn.S.Colosimo.civ@mail.mil.

Written Comments

Written comments may be submitted Electronically to:

WRDA2020@usace.army.mil

Comments will not be posted for the public unless requested by the commenter.

WRDA 2020 Implementation Guidance

To view specific guidance on each section of WRDA 2020, click on the hyperlinked provision.
If the provision is not hyperlinked, guidance is in the process of being developed.

  SECTION 
 SECTION NAME 
  AMENDMENTS   Implementation Guidance RELATED
REPORTS
101 Budgetary treatment expansion and adjustment for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. Amends Section 14003 of Division B of the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136)  No additional guidance required  
102 Authorization of appropriations for navigation. Amends Section 330 of WRDA 1992 (26 U.S.C. 9505 note; 106 Stat. 4851)    
103 Annual report to Congress on the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.   No additional guidance required  
104 Additional measures at donor ports and energy transfer ports.  
Implementation Guidance for Section 104 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.
 
105 Construction of water resources development projects by non-Federal Interests.      
106 Coast Guard anchorages.   No additional guidance required  
107 State contribution of funds for certain operation and maintenance costs.   No additional guidance required  
108 Great Lakes confined disposal facilities.   No additional guidance required  
109 Inland waterway projects.   No additional guidance required  
110 Implementation of water resources principles and requirements.      
111 Resiliency planning assistance. Amends Section 206(a) of the Flood Control Act of 1960 (33 U.S.C. 709a(a)) No additional guidance required  
112 Project consultation.   No additional guidance required  
113(b) Review of resiliency assessments.  
Implementation Guidance for Section 113 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.
 
114 Small flood control projects. Amends Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (33 U.S.C. 701s) No additional guidance required  
115 Flood Protection Projects.   Implementation Guidance for Section 115 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.  
116 Feasibility studies; review of natural and nature-based features. Amends Section 1149(c) of WRDA 2018 (33 U.S.C. 2282 note; 132 Stat. 3787) No additional guidance required  
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.   Implementation Guidance for Section 120 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.  
121 Cost and benefit feasibility assessment. Amends Section 1161(b) of WRDA 2018 (33 U.S.C. 701n note) No additional guidance required  
122 Expediting repairs and recovery from flooding.   No additional guidance required  
123 Review of Corps of Engineers assets. Amends Section 6002 of WRDA 2014 (128 Stat. 1349) No additional guidance required  
124 Sense of Congress on multipurpose projects.   No additional guidance required  
125 Beneficial use of dredged material; dredged material management plans   Implementation Guidance for Section 125(c) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020   
126 Aquatic ecosystem restoration for anadromous fish. Amends Section 206 of WRDA 1996 (33 U.S.C. 2330) No additional guidance required  
127 Annual report to Congress on water resources infrastructure.      
128 Harmful algal bloom demonstration program.      
129 Missouri River interception-rearing complex construction.   No additional guidance required  
130 Materials, services, and funds for repair, restoration, or rehabilitation of projects.      
131 Levee safety. Amends Section 9004 of WRDA 2007 (33 U.S.C. 3303)    
132 National Dam Safety Program. Amends Section 2 of the National Dam Safety Program Act (33 U.S.C. 467) No additional guidance required  
133 Rehabilitation of Corps of Engineers constructed pump stations.      
134 Non-Federal Project Implementation Pilot Program.      
135 Cost sharing provisions for territories and Indian Tribes. Amends Section 1156(b) of WRDA 1986 (33 U.S.C. 2310(b)) No additional guidance required  
136 Review of contracting policies.   No additional guidance required  
137 Criteria for funding environmental infrastructure projects.      
138 Aging infrastructure.      
139 Uniformity of notification systems.   No additional guidance required  
140 Coastal storm damage reduction contracts.   No additional guidance required  
141 Dam remediation for ecosystem restoration.   Implementation Guidance for Section 141 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020   
142 Levee accreditation process; levee certifications.      
143 Project partnership agreement. Amends Section 103(j)(1) of WRDA 1986 (33 U.S.C. 2213(j)(1)) No additional guidance required  
144 Acceptance of funds for harbor dredging.   No additional guidance required  
145 Replacement capacity. Amends Section 217(a) of WRDA 1996 (33 U.S.C. 2326a(a)) No additional guidance required  
146 Reviewing hydropower at Corps of Engineers facilities. Amends Section 1008 of WRDA 2014 (33 U.S.C. 2321b) No additional guidance required  
147 Repair and restoration of embankments.   Implementation Guidance for Section 147 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020  
148 Coastal mapping. Amends Section 516 of WRDA 1996 (33 U.S.C. 2326b) No additional guidance required  
149 Interim risk reduction measures.   No additional guidance required  
150 Maintenance dredging permits.   No additional guidance required  
151 High water-low water preparedness.   No additional guidance required  
152 Treatment of certain benefits and costs.   Implementation Guidance for Section 152 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Treatment of Certain Costs and Benefits  
153 Lease deviations.   No additional guidance required  
154 Sense of Congress on Arctic deep draft port development.   No additional guidance required  
155  Small water storage projects.      
156 Planning Assistance to States.   No additional guidance required  
157 Forecast-informed reservoir operations. Amends Section 1222 of WRDA 2018 (128 Stat. 3811) No additional guidance required  
158 Data for water allocation, supply, and demand.   No additional guidance required  
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. I Implementation Guidance for Section 162 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Amending Section 1118 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, Leveraging Federal Infrastructure for Increased Water Supply  
163 Sense of Congress on removal of unauthorized, manmade, flammable materials on Corps property   No additional guidance required  
164 Enhanced development program.      
165 Continuing authority programs.      
201 Authorization of proposed feasibility studies.   No additional guidance required  
202 Expedited completions.   No additional guidance required  
203 Expedited modifications of existing feasibility studies. Modifies Section 142 of WRDA 1976 (90 Stat. 2930); Section 209 of the Flood Control Act of 1962 (76 Stat. 1197); and Chapter 140, 69 Stat. 132 of the Act of June 15, 1955, pursuant to the 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (P.L. 113–2) No additional guidance required  
204 Assistance to non-Federal sponsors; feasibility analysis.      
205 Selma, Alabama.   No additional guidance required  
206 Report on Corps of Engineers facilities in Appalachia.   No additional guidance required  
207 Additional studies under North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study.   No additional guidance required  
208 South Atlantic coastal study. Amends Section 1204 of WRDA 2016 (130 Stat. 1685) No additional guidance required  
209 Comprehensive study of the Sacramento River, Yolo Bypass, California.   No additional guidance required  
210 Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule, Florida.   No additional guidance required  
211 Great Lakes coastal resiliency study.   Implementation Guidance for Section 211 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020  
212 Report on the status of restoration in the Louisiana coastal area.   No additional guidance required  
213 Lower Mississippi River comprehensive management study.   Implementation Guidance for Section 213 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020  
214 Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan.   No additional guidance required  
215 Upper Missouri River Basin mainstem dam fish loss research.   No additional guidance required  
216 Lower and Upper Missouri River Comprehensive Flood Protection.   Implementation Guidance for Section 216 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Lower and Upper Missouri River Comprehensive Flood Protection  
217 Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River and Rye Harbor, New Hampshire   No additional guidance required  
218 Cougar and Detroit Dams, Willamette River Basin, Oregon.   No additional guidance required  
219 Port Orford, Oregon.   No additional guidance required  
220 Wilson Creek and Sloan Creek, Fairview, Texas.   No additional guidance required  
221 Study on water supply and water conservation at water resources development projects.   No additional guidance required  
222 Report to Congress on authorized studies and projects.   No additional guidance required  
223 Completion of reports and materials.   No additional guidance required  
224 Emergency flooding protection for lakes.   No additional guidance required  
225 Report on debris removal. Amends Section 1210 of WRDA 2018 (132 Stat. 3808) No additional guidance required  
226 Report on antecedent hydrologic conditions.   No additional guidance required  
227 Subsurface drain systems research and development.   No additional guidance required  
228 Report on corrosion prevention activities.   No additional guidance required  
229 Annual reporting on dissemination of information.      
230 Report on benefits calculation for flood control structures.   No additional guidance required  
301 Deauthorization of inactive projects.   No additional guidance required  
302 Abandoned and inactive noncoal mine restoration. Amends Section 560(f) of WRDA 1999 (33 U.S.C. 2336(f)) No additional guidance required  
303 Tribal partnership program. Amends Section 203(b)(4) of WRDA 2000 (33 U.S.C. 2269) No additional guidance required  
304 Lakes program. Amends Section 602(a) of WRDA 1986 (P.L. 99–662, 100 Stat. 4148; 110 Stat. 3758; 113 Stat. 295; 121 Stat. 1076) No additional guidance required  
305 Rehabilitation of Corps of Engineers constructed dams. Amends Section 1177 of WRDA 2016 (33 U.S.C. 467f–2 note) No additional guidance required  
306 Chesapeake Bay Environmental Restoration and Protection Program. Amends Section 510 of WRDA 1996 (P.L. 104–303, 110 Stat. 3759; 121 Stat. 1202; 128 Stat. 1317) No additional guidance required  
307 Upper Mississippi River System Environmental Management Program. Amends Section 1103(e) of WRDA 1986 (33 U.S.C. 652(e)) No additional guidance required  
308 Upper Mississippi River protection. Amends Section 2010(e) of WRRDA 2014 (128 Stat. 1270; 132 Stat. 3812) No additional guidance required  
309 Theodore Ship Channel, Mobile, Alabama.   No additional guidance required  
310 McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.   No additional guidance required  
311 Ouachita and Black Rivers, Arkansas and Louisiana. Modifies Section 101 of the River and Harbor Act of 1960 (74 Stat. 481) No additional guidance required  
312 Lake Isabella, California.   No additional guidance required  
313 Lower San Joaquin River flood control project.   No additional guidance required  
314 Sacramento River, Glenn-Colusa, California. No longer authorizes Section 2 of the Act of March 1, 1917 (chapter 144, 39 Stat. 949; 103 Stat. 649;
110 Stat. 3709; 112 Stat. 1841; 113 Stat. 299)
No additional guidance required  
315 San Diego River and Mission Bay, San Diego County, California. No longer authorizes the Act of July 24, 1946 (chapter 595, 60 Stat. 636), identified in the National Levee Database of Section 9004 of WRDA 2007 (33 U.S.C.3303) as the San Diego River 3 segment No additional guidance required  
316 San Francisco, California, Waterfront Area. Amends Section 114 of the River and Harbor Act of 1968 (33 U.S.C. 59h) No additional guidance required  
317 Western Pacific Interceptor Canal, Sacramento River, California. No longer authorizes Section 2 of the Act of March 1, 1917 (chapter 144, 39 Stat. 949; 45 Stat. 539; 50 Stat. 877; 55 Stat. 647; 80 Stat. 1422) associated with the Western Pacific Interceptor Canal No additional guidance required  
318 Rio Grande Environmental Management Program, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Amends Section 5056(f) of WRDA 2007 (P.L. 110–114, 121 Stat. 1213; 128 Stat. 1314) No additional guidance required  
319 New London Harbor Waterfront Channel, Connecticut. No longer authorizes the first section of the Act of June 13, 1902 (chapter 1079, 32 Stat. 333), described in subsection (b) No additional guidance required  
320 Wilmington Harbor, Delaware.   No additional guidance required  
321 Wilmington Harbor South Disposal Area, Delaware.   No additional guidance required  
322 Washington Harbor, District of Columbia. Modifies the Act of August 30, 1935 (chapter 831, 49 Stat. 1031) No additional guidance required  
323 Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation Water Conservation Plan, Florida. No longer authorizes Section 528 of WRDA 1996 (110 Stat. 3767) No additional guidance required  
324 Central Everglades, Florida. Modifies Section 1401(4) of WRDA 2016 (130 Stat. 1713) No additional guidance required  
325 Miami River, Florida. No longer authorizes a portion of the Act of July 3, 1930 (46 Stat. 925; 59 Stat. 16; 74 Stat. 481; 100 Stat. 4257) No additional guidance required  
326 Julian Keen, Jr. Lock and Dam, Moore Haven, Florida.   No additional guidance required  
327  Taylor Creek Reservoir and Levee L–73 (Section 1), Upper St. Johns River Basin, Florida. No longer authorizes a portion of Section 203 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (62 Stat. 1176) No additional guidance required  
328 Extinguishment of flowage easements, Rough River Lake, Kentucky.   No additional guidance required  
329 Calcasieu River and Pass, Louisiana.   No additional guidance required  
330 Camden Harbor, Maine. No longer authorizes portions of the navigation project described in subsection (b) No additional guidance required  
331 Cape Porpoise Harbor, Maine, anchorage area designation. Modifies Section 101 of the River and Harbor Act of 1948 (62 Stat. 1172) No additional guidance required  
332 Baltimore, Maryland.   No additional guidance required  
333 Thad Cochran Lock and Dam, Amory, Mississippi.   No additional guidance required  
334 Missouri river reservoir sediment management. Amends Section 1179(a) of WRDA 2016 (130 Stat. 1675; 132 Stat. 3782) No additional guidance required  
335 Portsmouth, New Hampshire.   No additional guidance required  
336 Rahway flood risk management feasibility study, New Jersey.   Implementation Guidance for Section 336 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Rahway, New Jersey Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study  
337 San Juan-Chama project; Abiquiu Dam, New Mexico. Amends Section 5(b) of P.L. 97–140 (43 U.S.C. 620a note); and Section 1 of P.L. 100–522 (43 U.S.C. 620a note) No additional guidance required  
338 Flushing Bay and Creek Federal Navigation Channel, New York. No longer authorizes the first section of the Act of March 3, 1905 (chapter 1482, 33 Stat. 1120; 52 Stat. 803; 76 Stat. 1174), described in subsection (b) No additional guidance required  
339 Rush River and Lower Branch Rush River, North Dakota. No longer authorizes a portion of Section 203 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (62 Stat. 1177; 64 Stat. 176) No additional guidance required  
340 Pawcatuck River, Little Narragansett Bay and Watch Hill Cove, Rhode Island and Connecticut. No longer authorizes a portion of Section 2 of the Act of March 2, 1945 (chapter 19, 59 Stat. 13) No additional guidance required  
341 Harris County, Texas. Repeals Section 575 of WRDA 1996 (110 Stat. 3789; 113 Stat. 311; 121 Stat. 1253) No additional guidance required  
342 Cap Sante Waterway, Washington. Deauthorizes a project portion of the Act of March 2, 1919 (chapter 95, 40 Stat. 1285) No additional guidance required  
343 Local government reservoir permit review. Amends Section 1119(b) of WRDA 2018 (33 U.S.C. 2347 note) No additional guidance required  
344 Project modifications for improvement of environment. Amends Section 1203(g) of WRDA 2018 (132 Stat. 3805) No additional guidance required  
345 Aquatic ecosystem restoration.   No additional guidance required  
346 Surplus water contracts and water storage agreements. Amends Section 1046(c)(3) of WRRDA 2014 (128 Stat. 1254; 132 Stat. 3784) No additional guidance required  
347 No wake zones in navigation channels.   Implementation Guidance for Section 347  
348 Limitation on contract execution in the Arkansas River Basin.   No additional guidance required  
349 Waiver of non-Federal share of damages related to certain contract claims.   No additional guidance required  
350 Reduced pricing for certain water supply storage.      
351 Flood control and other purposes.   No additional guidance required  
352 Additional assistance for critical projects. Amends Section 219(f)(23) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 336; 117 Stat. 1840); Section 219(f)(52) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 336; 114 Stat. 2763A–220); Section 219(f)(55) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 335; 114 Stat. 2763A–221); Section 531 of WRDA 1996 (110 Stat. 3773; 113 Stat. 348; 117 Stat. 142; 121 Stat. 1226); Section 219(f)(30) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 336; 114 Stat. 2763A–220; 119 Stat. 282; 119 Stat. 2257; 122 Stat. 1623); Section 219 of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 110 Stat. 3757; 113 Stat. 1494; 121 Stat. 1258); Section 219(f)(32) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 337; 121 Stat. 1233); Section 219(f)(231) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 336; 121 Stat. 1266); Section 313 of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4845; 109 Stat. 407; 110 Stat. 3723; 113 Stat. 310; 117 Stat. 142; 121 Stat. 1146); Section 219(f)(25) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 336; 114 Stat. 2763A–220; 117 Stat. 1838; 130 Stat. 1677; 132 Stat. 3818); Section 219(f)(269) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4835; 113 Stat. 336; 121 Stat. 1268); Section 595 of WRDA 1999 (113 Stat. 383; 117 Stat. 139; 117 Stat. 142; 117 Stat. 1836; 118 Stat. 440; 121 Stat. 1219; 123 Stat. 2851; 128 Stat. 1316; 130 Stat. 1681); Section 571(h) of WRDA 1999 (113 Stat. 371; 121 Stat. 1257); Section 340(g) of WRDA 1992 (106 Stat. 4856; 110 Stat. 3727; 113 Stat. 320); Section 5032(a)(2) of WRDA 2007 (P.L. 110–114, 121 Stat. 1205); and Section 1312 of WRDA 2018 (132 Stat. 3821) No additional guidance required  
353 Project modification authorizations. Modifies Section 203 of the Flood Control Act of 1962 (76 Stat. 1189; 79 Stat. 1089; 95 Stat. 1684); Section 204 of the Flood Control Act of 1965 (79 Stat. 1080); the Act of May 15, 1928 (chapter 569, 45 Stat. 534); and the Act of 4 June 28, 1938 (chapter 795, 52 Stat. 1219) No additional guidance required  
354 Completion of maintenance and repair activities.   No additional guidance required  
355 Project reauthorizations.   No additional guidance required  
356 Conveyances.   No additional guidance required  
357 Lake Eufaula advisory committee. Amends Section 3133(b) of WRDA 2007 (121 Stat. 1141) No additional guidance required  
358 Repeal of Missouri River Task Force, North Dakota. Repeals Section 705 of WRDA 2000 (114 Stat. 2696); amends Section 702(b)(3) of WRDA 2000 (114 Stat. 2695) and Section 703 of WRDA 2000 (114 Stat. 2695) No additional guidance required  
359 Repeal of Missouri River Task Force, South Dakota. Repeals Section 905 of WRDA 2000 (114 Stat. 2709); amends Section 902(b)(3) of WRDA 2000 (114 Stat. 2708) and Section 903 of WRDA 2000 (114 Stat. 2708) No additional guidance required  
360 Conforming amendments. Repeals Section 710 of WRDA 1986 (33 U.S.C. 2264), and the item relating to such section in the table of contents; amends Section 1001 of WRDA 1986 (33 U.S.C. 579a) and Section 1001 of WRRDA 2014 (33 U.S.C. 2282c); repeals Section 6003 of WRRDA 2014 (33 U.S.C. 579c), and the item relating to such section in the table of contents; repeals Section 1301 of WRDA 2016 (33 U.S.C. 579d), and the item relating to such section in the table of contents; repeals Section 1302 of WRDA 2016 (33 U.S.C. 579c–1), and the item relating to such section in the table of contents; repeals Section 1301 of WRDA 2018 (33 U.S.C. 579d–1), and the item relating to such section in the table of contents; and repeals Section 1302 of WRDA 2018 (33 U.S.C. 579c–2), and the item relating to such section in the table of contents No additional guidance required  
401 Project authorizations.   No additional guidance required  
402 Special rules. Modifies Section 401 of WRDA 2020; and amends Section 5127 of WRDA 2007 (121 Stat. 1242) No additional guidance required  
403 Authorization of projects based on feasibility studies prepared by non-Federal Interests.   No additional guidance required  
501 Update on Invasive Species Policy Guidance.   No additional guidance required  
502 Aquatic invasive species research. Amends Section 1108 of WRDA 2018 (33 U.S.C. 2263a) No additional guidance required  
503 Terrestrial noxious weed control pilot program.   No additional guidance required  
504 Invasive species risk assessment, prioritization, and management. Amends Section 528(f)(2) of WRDA 1996 (110 Stat. 3771) No additional guidance required  
505 Invasive species mitigation and reduction. Amends Section 104 of the River and Harbor Act of 1958 (33 U.S.C. 610) No additional guidance required  
506 Aquatic invasive species prevention. Amends Section 1039(b) of WRRDA 2014 (16 U.S.C. 4701 note) No additional guidance required  
507 Invasive species in alpine lakes pilot program.   No additional guidance required  
508 Murder hornet eradication pilot program.   No additional guidance required  
509 Asian carp prevention and control pilot program.   No additional guidance required  
510 Invasive species in noncontiguous States and territories pilot program.   No additional guidance required  
511 Soil moisture and snowpack monitoring.   No additional guidance required  
512 Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Amends the Act of May 13, 1954 (33 U.S.C. 981 et seq.); Section 5315 of title 5, United States Code; Section 2282B of title 18, United States Code; Section 9505(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 9505(a)(2)); Section 9101(3)(K) of title 31, United States Code; WRDA 1986 (33 U.S.C. 2211 et seq.); Title 46, United States Code; Title 49, United States Code;  No additional guidance required