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USACE asking for public input on disaster preparedness, response and recovery

The regulation was last revised in 2003.
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USACE Commanding General Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon and his St. Louis District experts tour the grounds of Jana Elementary School near Coldwater Creek Oct. 21

MOLINE, Ill. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is updating part of the federal regulation that outlines how it implements its emergency authority for disaster preparedness, response and recovery — and it needs the public's help.

The regulation was last revised in 2003. Since that time, there have been amendments to Public Law 84-99 through multiple Water Resource Development Acts passed by Congress. 

Additionally, USACE programs have evolved to implement lessons learned from events over the last 20 years. USACE will update the federal regulation to reflect these changes. 

Goals of proposed changes:

  • Encourage the broader use of flood risk management actions to reduce risks.
  • Provide flexibility of requirements to protect and restore natural resources.
  • Support risk-informed decision-making as the basis for project operations and maintenance.
  • Reinforce USACE's commitment to transparency and partnering.

Proposed changes to the regulation can be found in the Federal Register.

To discuss the proposed rule and solicit input on the proposed revisions, USACE is hosting a regional stakeholder workshop at the Rock Island Arsenal on Dec. 15. Those interested can register to participate using the following link

Comments can also be submitted through www.regulations.gov; via email to 33CFR203@usace.army.mil; or by mail to HQ, US Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20314-1000.

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