Working with the Corps

The following resources are available to assist members in improving federal water projects that put people in harm’s way and other federal policies actually incentivize residential and industrial development in risky areas along our coasts and in our floodplains.

Overview of the Corps

A 1-page basic overview of the Corps, politics, projects and the growing demand for modernization and restoration. Download the report.

Templates to come! Check back soon!

Impacts of Climate Change

Concerns with traditional structural approaches continue to mount as we see increasing changes in climate and water cycles. The nation is facing increased storms, floods, droughts and rising sea levels along our coasts and estuaries resulting from global climate change. In order to confront climate change, the Corps must take into account the latest science in project planning, and design its projects in a way that protects the natural systems that help mitigate the adverse impacts to people, property and wildlife.

On July 1, 2009, the Corps of Engineers issued a guidance “for incorporating the direct and indirect physical effects of projected future sea-level change in managing, planning, engineering, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining USACE projects and systems of projects.” The guidance expired July 1, 2011. Review it here.

In consideration of the threats climate change is bringing, it is imperative we advocate for federal policies and local activities that will protect and enhance our water resources. In order to assist Corps Reform Network Members to incorporate these considerations into their program work, the CRN Steering Committee adopted this Climate Change Resolution on September 23, 2009.

As Temperatures Rise, The Army Corps of Engineers Must Improve the Nation’s Flood-Control System to address the challenges of global warming (April 2007).

This June 2009 report from the United State Global Change Research Program describes in understandable terms, the impacts global warming is bringing to different regions of the U.S. and climate change impacts on our natural resources. Click here to download the 11-page section on impacts to water resources.