Section 204 Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

The Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) authorizes USACE to plan, design and construct small scale projects under existing program authority from Congress. Local governments and agencies seeking assistance may request USACE to investigate potential water resource issues that may fit a particular authority. A CAP project is conducted in two phases: a feasibility phase and a design and implementation phase. Both phases of a CAP project are cost-shared between the federal government and the non-federal sponsor. Certain territories of the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) as well as Tribal organizations, are eligible for a reduction of the CAP Program non-federal cost-sharing requirement (based on the Water Resources Reform Development Acts of 2014 and 2016, applicable CAP projects with feasibility phase agreements or construction contracts executed on or after June 10, 2014, are eligible for waivers up to $455,000).

Water Resources Development Act of 1992, as amended

USACE can restore, protect or create aquatic and wetland habitats in connection with construction maintenance dredging of an authorized federal navigation project. The cost share under this program is 65 percent federal and 35 percent non-federal for all costs above the base disposal plan, where the base disposal plan is the least costly for typical disposal of dredged material. The federal government pays 100 percent up to the cost of the base disposal plan. The maximum federal limit is $10 million per project.