Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Behnam.Sorbi@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

Please join us to request funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) in the Energy and Water Appropriations Act for FY2020. The CAP authorizes the USACE to plan, design and construct small-scale water resource
projects under authority from Congress. CAP projects are cost-shared between the federal government and sponsoring local governments or agencies. CAP infrastructure investments are vital to local economies and create business and job opportunities.

March 26th is the deadline to join this letter urging the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to provide FY2020 funding for important CAP programs. If you would like to add your name to this letter, please contact Behnam Sorbi (behnam.sorbi@mail.house.gov)
or call (202)-226-1205.

Sincerely,

 

Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress             

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April 1, 2019

 

Honorable Marcy Kaptur                                                      Honorable Mike Simpson

Chairwoman                                                                          Ranking Member

Energy and Water Development                                           Energy and Water Development

2186 Rayburn House Office Building                                  2084 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                                         Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:

As you consider the Energy and Water Appropriations Act for FY2020, we respectfully request funding levels recommended below for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Continuing Authorities Program (CAP). CAP authorizes the USACE to plan, design, and
construct certain small-scale water resources projects in a cost-share collaboration with local governments and agencies across the nation. CAP infrastructure investments are vital to local economies and create business and job opportunities.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 14, Emergency Streambank Protection,
    Request: $8 million. Program funds projects dedicated to bank stabilization construction and protection of protected public and non-profit infrastructure that face flood and storm damages danger due to erosion. Examples of protected
    infrastructure include highways, bridges, approaches, cultural sites, and essential public services such as hospitals and water supply systems.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 103, Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction,
    Request: $4 million. Through this program, the Corps of Engineers receives funds to protect public infrastructure on beaches against erosion and damages caused by natural storm driven waves and currents. Typical projects include utilities,
    roadways, and other public infrastructure systems.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 107, Small Navigation Improvements,
    Request: $8 million. USACE is authorized to use these funds to plan, design, and construct small projects for commercial navigation purposes such as channels, breakwaters, and jetties to ensure safe and efficient use of the nation’s
    navigable waterways.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 111, Shoreline Damage Attributable to a Federal Navigation Project,
    Request: $8 million. USACE is authorized to use these funds to investigate and construct projects for prevention or mitigation of shore damages to public and privately owned shores along coastlines that are attributable to federal
    navigation.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 204, Beneficial Uses of Dredged Materials,
    Request: $10 million. This program provides funding for dredged materials to be used for projects including protection, restoration, aquatic, ecologically related habitats, and wetlands. Projects supported by CAP Section 204 provide
    the U.S. with land, rights-of-ways, relocations, and disposal areas.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 205, Flood Control Project, Request:
    $15 million. Through the Flood Control Project, the Corps of Engineers studies, designs, and constructs small flood control projects. These projects include levee and channel modifications.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 206, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, Request:
    $12 million. The Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration allows the Corps to plan, design, and build projects to restore ecosystems for fish and wildlife. These projects include marsh and pond restoration, dam removal, and river restoration.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works program, CAP Section 1135, Project Modifications for Improvement of the Environment, Request:
    $8 million. This funding allows the Army Corps of Engineers to plan, design, and build modifications to existing Corps projects and to restore aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife. All projects are in the public interest and are cost effective.

According to a 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report, the United States will need to invest $4.59 trillion by 2025 to return
our infrastructure to good working order. Through CAP Programs, the federal government encourages the local sector to consistently make contributions to our nation’s infrastructure needs, as local entities will be able to take advantage of federal funding
support when projects qualify.

Thank you for your consideration of our request. We look forward to working with you on this important matter.

Sincerely,

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