Analytical Methods And Approaches For Water Resources by Panel on Methods and Techniques of Project Analysis,

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Believing that the Corps had gone ahead with the project over his objections, he raised the issue when he became president, only to learn that the Corps had withdrawn all support once it learned of his opposition (Baldwin, 2000). Federal Water Resources Planning Objectives and Guidelines 35 COMMENTARY The Corps conducts its planning studies in a setting that consists of several layers of government and many other federal agencies, a large body of federal legislation and administration guidance, cosponsors and interest groups, and federal and Corps-specific planning guidance.

This is not to say that the Corps’ importance to national water management will diminish. , the Missouri River dam and reservoir system). Another relevant trend is that stakeholder groups today request a greater voice in decision making than in the past. Interest groups and citizens alike are today also less likely to trust the Corps’ professional judgment and analyses than in the past. Corps of Engineers planning studies today often attract much interest and may be carefully scrutinized. The Corps is aware of this and typically hosts public meetings and other events to solicit public input on the agency’s highly visible planning studies.

If funds are appropriated, the Corps conducts a reconnaissance study to determine the feasibility of a project, to identify a local sponsor for the project, and most importantly, to determine whether a federal interest exists. A reconnaissance study currently is limited to one year and is to cost no more than $100,000. It does not normally involve substantial public input. Reconnaissance studies are conducted by Corps district offices. If a federal interest is identified and if Corps Headquarters approves the study, a district office proceeds to the feasibility stage (as noted in Chapter 1, the large majority of reconnaissance studies do not lead to a feasibility studies).

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