Technical/Planning Assistance

The Corps of Engineers may help resolve water resource problems for, and provide technical assistance to, states, indian tribes, environmental organizations and local governments. The Corps also provides assistance to these groups when preparing plans and initiating actions to manage water and related land resource issues themselves. This section includes an overview of the Corps programs with special emphasis on small cost-shared projects under the Continuing Authority Program.

Included is information on project criteria and project process with explanations about what these programs can do. There are instructions on how to request assistance. As you read through the material, you will notice a section number preceding the name of Continuing Authority Programs (CAP). The section number is in reference to the public law that provided the Corps the authority to do that type of project. Both authority and appropriations (funding) for Corps projects are provided by Congress.

Follow the links below for information on the Corps programs:

Continuing Authorities Program

The Corps' Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) consists of nine legislative authorities under which the Corps of Engineers can plan, design, and implement certain types of water resources projects without project specific congregational authorization. The purpose of the CAP is to plan and implement projects of limited size, cost, scope, and complexity. The links below provide detailed information on each CAP authority and how to request assistance. Additionally the District CAP brochure can be found a the link below.

All projects in this program will follow a project timeline as shown below beginning from the initial request or Letter of Intent, thru Construction and into Operation and Maintenance.  Upon receipt of an letter of Request or LOI to Corps will conduct an Federal Interest Determination to determine include a feasibility phase and an implementation phase. Planning activities, such as development of alternative plans to achieve the project goals, initial design and cost estimating, environmental analyses, and real estate evaluations, are performed during the feasibility phase, to develop enough information to decide whether to implement the project. The feasibility phase is initially Federally funded up to $100,000. Any remaining feasibility phase costs are shared 50/50 with the non-Federal sponsor after executing a feasibility cost sharing agreement (FCSA). The final design, preparation of contract plans and specifications, permitting, real estate acquisition, project contracting and construction, and any other activities required to construct or implement the approved project are completed during the Design and Implementation phase. The Corps and the non-federal sponsor sign a project partnership agreement (PPA) near the beginning of the implementation phase. Costs beyond the feasibility phase are shared as specified in the authorizing legislation for that section.

Navigating your Project through the Continuing Authorities Program