Corps Adds Flood Risk Management Projects to Budget Act of 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced additional work that it will accomplish with funding provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, 2018. Public Law 115-123 provided the Corps a total of $17.398 billion in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and Maintenance (O&M); Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies; and Expenses. The Corps will use approximately $424 million of the $810 million provided in the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account to repair damage to 48 locally owned flood risk management projects in Alabama Louisiana, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont and Puerto Rico.
This is the second set of short-term repair work that the Corps has announced with the funds provided in Public Law 115-123. The Corps announced the first set of short-term repair work on April 30, with an initial allocation of approximately $360 million of the $608 million provided in the O&M account to repair damages to Corps projects resulting from natural disasters and to perform emergency dredging of shoaled material deposited at navigation projects by natural disasters. Those funds will be used to address the priority O&M needs identified at 31 projects in 11 states.
The current list of projects that will be funded to mitigate damages resulting from natural disasters is posted at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Budget/ as “Short-Term Repairs” under “Supplemental Appropriations for Disasters 2018.” Additional allocations of funds under PL 115-123 will be announced at a later date.