US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Vicksburg District Outreach and Assistance

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is authorized by Congress to provide assistance to non-Department of Defense federal agencies, state and local governments, tribal nations and other taxing organizations. Most assistance is funded on a reimbursable basis. The Corps provides engineering and construction services, environmental restoration and management services, research and development assistance, management of water and land related natural resources, relief and recovery work, and other management and technical services.

Today the Corps manages nearly 2,000 water resources projects in the following business lines:

  • Navigation
  • Flood & Coastal Storm Damage Reduction
  • Hydroelectric Power
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Environmental Quality
  • Recreation
  • Water Supply

The Vicksburg District has one manager for each of the following programs: Continuing Authorities Program, Flood Plain Management Services and Planning Assistance to States Program. Planning and technical services of each of these programs are handled within the District's office and managed by the appropriate manager. Everything from environmental to flood damage reduction purposes is covered under these programs.In addition to the Continuing Authorities, Flood Plain Management Services, and Planning to States Programs, details of Specifically Authorized Projects, Environmental Assistance and Support for Others are also authorized programs. 

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The Eight Authorities

(Section 205) Small Flood Control

This authority provides for local protection from flooding by the construction or improvement of flood control works such as levees, channels, and dams. Nonstructural alternatives are also considered and may include measures such as installation of flood warning systems, raising and/or flood-proofing of structures, and relocation of flood-prone facilities.

(Section 14) Emergency Streambank and Shoreline Protection

This authority is intended to prevent erosion damage to highways, bridge approaches, public works, and other nonprofit public facilities by the emergency construction or repair of stream bank and shoreline protection works.

(Section 208) Snagging and Clearing for Flood Control

This authority provides for local protection from flooding by channel clearing and excavation, with limited embankment construction by use of materials rom the clearing operation only.

(Section 107) Small Navigation Projects

This authority is intended to provide improvements to navigation including dredging of channels, widening of turning basins, and construction of navigation aids.

(Section 111) Mitigation of Shore Damages

This authority provides for the prevention or mitigation of erosion damages to public or privately owned shores along the coastlioe of the United States wheo these damages are a result of a Federal navigation project. This authority cannot be used for shore damages caused by river bank erosion or vessel-generated wave wash. It is not intended to restore shorelines to historic dimensions, but only to reduce erosion to the level that would have existed without the construction of a Federal navigation project. Cost-sharing may not be required for this program. If the Fedeml cost limitation is exceeded, specific Congressional authorization is required.

(Section 1135) Project Modification for Improvements to Environment 

This authority provides for ecosystem restoration through modification to Corps structures or operation of Corps structures or implementation of restoration features when the construction of a Corps project has contributed to degradation of the quality of the environment.

(Section 204) Ecosystem Restoration Projects in Connection with Dredging 

This authority provides for protection, restoration, and creation of aquatic and wetland habitats in connection with construction and maintenance dredging of an authorized project.

(Section 206) Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

This authority provides for the restoration and protection of aquatic ecosystems if the project will improve the environment and is in the public interest.

Requirements to Access the Assistance

  1. For projects pursued under Sections 14, 103, 107, 111, 204, 205, and 208, non-Federal sponsors must be public agencies able to enter into cost sharing agreements in accordance with the requirements of Section 221 of the Flood Control Act of 1970, as amended. Section 221 specifies that the non-Federal sponsor must be “a legally constituted public body with full authority and capability to perform the terms of its agreement and to pay damages, if necessary, in the event of failure to perform.”The non-Federal sponsor’s responsibilities include paying its required share of project costs; provision or performance of LERRD (or LERR, as applicable) for the project; and performance of OMRR&R for the project as applicable. 

  3. For projects pursued under Sections 206, 1135, and 204 (with ecosystem purpose) a non-Federal sponsor may be an entity that meets the “public body” requirement of Section 221, or may be a non-profit entity. In either event, the non-Federal sponsor must have the full authority and capability to perform the terms of its agreement and to pay damages, if necessary, in the event of failure to perform.

    As with a public body non-Federal sponsor, a non-profit entity that serves as the non-Federal sponsor must be able to demonstrate not only its capability to participate during design and implementation of the project but also its long-term commitment and capability to finance and perform any necessary OMRR&R activities. Further, as required by Federal statute, the affected local government must consent to a non-profit entity being the non-Federal sponsor for a Section 204, 206, or 1135 project.