Continuing Authorities Program
Flood Risk Management

This program allows the Corps of Engineers to plan, design, and construct smaller projects without specific authorization from Congress. The potential sponsor must request the Corps of Engineers to investigate potential flood risk management issues that might fit the program. Once the Corps of Engineers determines that the project fits the program, the District will request funds to initiate a reconnaissance effort to determine potential Federal interest in proceeding to a feasibility study.

There are three authorities available for this program:


Purpose  Types of Projects Authorities Feasibility Phase (Cost Share Federal/Non-Federal) Implementation Phase (Cost Hare Federal-Non-Federal Federal Project Limit
 Emergency Stream Bank and Shoreline Protection Construction of bank protection for endangered highways, bridge approaches, municipal water supply systems, sewage disposal plants, churches, hospitals, schools, and non-profit public services and known cultural sites that are endangered by flood-caused bank and shoreline erosion Section 14, 1946 Flood Control Act, as amended 100% / 0% for initial $100,000; 50% / 50% remaining cost 65% / 35% $5 million
Small Flood Risk Management Projects Projects can include levees, floodwalls, impundments, pumping stations, and channel modifications as well as non-structural measures. Non-structural measures can be flood proofing, relocation of structures, and flood warning and preparedness systems Section 205, 1948 Flood Control Action, as amended 100% / 0% for initial $100,000; 50% / 50% remaining cost  65% / 35%  $10 million
Clearing and Snagging of Waterways Conduct clearing, snagging, or channel excavation. Limited embankment construction can be provided by utilizing the materials from the clearing operations Section 208, 1954 Flood Control Act, as amended  100% / 0% for initial $100,000; 50% / 50% remaining cost  65% / 35%  $500,000