2018 USACE Work Plan: What’s in it for my city, state, clients?

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The Work Plan lays out in detail the funding for every program, project and activity
The Work Plan lays out in detail the funding for every program, project and activity

Well, it took long enough but on June 7th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered its 2018 Work Plan for the Civil Works program to Congress. The Work Plan is the allocation of fiscal year 2018 appropriated funds to start, continue or complete studies, construction projects, and operations and maintenance activities. It is amazing that the process of providing certainty of funding for these activities was not completed until over eight months into the fiscal year. We live in interesting times.

Work Plan highlights

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, provided:

  • $6.827 billion in FY 2018 for the Civil Works program
  • $6.042 billion was appropriated into five accounts: Investigations, Construction, Operations and Maintenance, Mississippi River and Tributaries (MRT) and Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).

The remaining $425 million provides funding for USACE Headquarters and Divisions, Regulatory, and Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies. It also covers the expenses of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

In the Appropriations Act, Congress allocated $4.630 billion of the $6.402 billion for specific programs, projects and activities in a “Statement of Managers Amount.” USACE is responsible for allocating the remainder appropriated or $1.772 billion.

That’s the big picture but what does that mean to your community, state and/or clients? Well the details of the USACE Work Plan include spreadsheets that list all major studies and construction projects, organized by the five major accounts. Each spreadsheet shows all the studies or projects in that account and is organized by state.

Some of the studies that I’m most interested in given Mead & Hunt’s water resource offices in California, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin include:

  • Sacramento River Bank Protection (Phase 3), CA
  • Yuba River Fish Passage, CA
  • Arkansas River Corridor, OK
  • Mill Creek, WA

The construction projects that caught my eye were:

  • Manhattan, KS
  • Sutter Basin, CA
  • Swope Park Industrial Area, KS

I intend to learn more about these studies and projects by visiting the owning USACE District’s website and by talking to that District. You can do the same for those studies and projects you are most interested in.

Maybe we could then compare notes at the upcoming HydroVision conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, from June 25-30. I’ll be at the Mead & Hunt booth 1028.

Miro Kurka, PE, PMP

About the Author

Miro Kurka, P.E., PMP, knows water is an incredible resource. “I like leading teams and managing water infrastructure projects that make our citizens safer, wealthier and happier.” A retired U.S. Army officer, he managed the Corps of Engineers’ program in Tulsa, Portland and Afghanistan for 30 years. He enjoys traveling and meeting people.

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