US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District

District Projects

Planning Assistance to States and Tribes

Published March 8, 2019

Project Management Branch, Planning, Programs, and Project Management Division

Throughout the 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

Active PAS Studies:

  1. Upper and Lower Peoria Lakes Comprehensive Ecological Restoration Planning - The Peoria Lakes Basin Alliance (PLBA) was established in 2001 to coordinate efforts to restore and preserve the Peoria Lakes. Today the Alliance consists of Heartland Water Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. On behalf of the Alliance, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is the Non-Federal Sponsor and has requested assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a Peoria Lakes Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
  2. 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.
  3. Mud, Camp and Spring Creek Watershed Management Authority - Spring Creek will be surveyed and evaluated to provide hydrologic and hydraulic data for inclusion in the hydraulic model. Particular attention will focus on stream characteristics, overflow areas, bridges, culverts and other basin features that could impact flow conditions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. City of Cedar Rapids Hydraulic analysis

CA - Continuing Authorities - Section 22

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  N/A 
Estimated Non-Federal Cost  N/A 
Estimated Total Project Cost  N/A 
Allocations Prior to FY 2019  N/A 
FY 2019 Allocation   $353,000
FY 2019 Total Capability  $353,000 

Major Work Item Current Year:
FY 2019:
Complete the study with Tri-County Regional Planning Commission on the Peoria Lakes Study and Mud, Camp Spring Creek WMA for Hydraulic Modeling on Spring Creek.  Start the UMRBA and City of Dubuque scoping study.