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Planning Assistance to States and Tribes

Published March 10, 2020


Rock Island District


The Planning Assistance to States and Tribes (PAS&T) Program provides States, counties, local communities and Indian tribes with planning level assistance in addressing a water resources issues and planning needs. The studies generally involve the collection of data, data analysis and development of water resources management plans and other tools. The program provides the sponsor with planning level detail and information needed to support water resources management decision making by the sponsor. This program is not authorized to produce detailed plans and specifications or implement construction projects.


The Rock Island District's Planning Assistance to States and Tribes (PAS&T) Program has been very successful in assisting other agencies, states, counties, local communities and the Sac & Fox Tribe with water resources planning.


A growing demand exists for engaging the District's technical expertise and planning capabilities to assist with: water supply, water quality, water conservation, storm water management, watershed analysis, wetlands evaluation/studies, dam safety and removal, floodplain management, flood risk reduction and harbor and port studies.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Active PAS Studies:

1. Saylorville – Big Creek Fish Escapement Study - In collaboration with Iowa DNR, the USACE will provide assistance with determining: 1) movement patterns and habitat use of Walleye and Muskellunge, 2) Walleye and Muskellunge escapement rates and influential factors and 3) the effects of different physical barrier configurations on escapement. The partners will provide recommendations for modifying the current Big Creek fish barrier.

2. UMRBA Mississippi Watershed Scoping Study – This is a two year study with UMRBA to develop a comprehensive approach for addressing key problems on the Upper Mississippi River System in terms of Flood Risk Management, channel Maintenance, and extended drought.

3. City of Dubuque Riverfront Master Plan – This is a two year study with the City of Dubuque to develop a comprehensive plan that does not negatively impact flood protection.

Potential New Start Project:

Scope negotiation is under way with Nahant Marsh, Davenport, Iowa Master Planning effort. This project will start once agreement is executed.

Congressional Interest

All in Rock Island District

Senators: Charles Grassley (IA), Joni Ernst (IA), Richard Durbin (IL), Tammy Duckworth (IL), Tina Smith (MN), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Roy Blunt (MO), Joshua Hawley (MO), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Ron Johnson (WI)

Representatives: IA-1 (Abby Finkenauer), IA-2 (Dave Loebsack), IA-3 (Cynthia Axne), IA-4 (Steve King), IL-1 (Bobby Rush), IL-2 (Robin Kelly), IL-3 (Dan Lipinski), IL-4 (Jesus Garcia), IL-7 (Danny Davis), IL-11 (Bill Foster), IL-13 (Rodney Davis), IL-14 (Lauren Underwsood),IL-15 (John Shimkus), IL-16 (Adam Kinzinger),IL-17 (Cheri Bustos), IL-18 (Darin LaHood), MN-1 (Jim Hagedorn), MN-7 (Collin Peterson), MO-6 (Sam Graves), WI-1 (Bryan Steil), WI-2 (Mark Pocan), WI-3 (Ron Kind), WI-5 F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.), WI-6 (Glenn Grothman)


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Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  N/A 
Estimated Non-Federal Cost  N/A 
Estimated Total Project Cost  N/A 
Allocations Prior to FY 2020  N/A 
FY 2020 Allocation   TBD
FY 2020 Total Capability  $203,150 


Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2020: Work includes completion of the Dubuque Riverfront Master Plan and UMRBA Watershed Scoping Study. The Sponsor for the Saylorville – Big Creek Fish Escapement Study has requested to amend the agreement to include additional work. This work is being negotiated. If funding is available, the Nahant Marsh agreement will be negotiated, agreement executed and work could begin later this FY.