The Corps of Engineers’ renewed focus on risk-based decision making

Last June, James Dalton, Director of Civil Works with the Army Corps of Engineers, issued a memorandum designed to help the Corps of Engineers streamline several processes.  The focus of this memo was to encourage greater reliance on risk-based decision making and more focus on proper areas of decision making at levels within USACE...

Why the Trump Administration’s “Waters of the US” repeal won’t be as fast as supporters want (or as its opponents fear)

As recent events show, the Trump Administration is moving ahead with repealing and replacing the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rules that the Obama EPA issued in 2015. Among the most recent news: On April 19, EPA officials met with associations representing local and regional governments and water resource agencies...

Dawson members explain SCOTUS ruling impact on Congress, Army Corps of Engineers

On May 31, a unanimous Supreme Court issued a decision with significant implications for federal clean water laws and especially the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the U.S.” regulation.  The Court held that landowners could challenge an Army Corps of Engineer’s assertion of Clean Water Act jurisdiction over a parcel of land in Minnesota more than 120 miles from the Red River...

Understanding the Corps planning process for hurricane and flood risks

Congrats to our colleague Ed Dickey, who has an important article in the new issue of Municipal Water Leader on the Army Corps of Engineers’ hurricane and flood planning processes. During Ed’s long career with the Corps, he served in several capacities including Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Works. ..

California Farmers Howl as Feds Unveil Central Valley Water Deliveries

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently announced its initial 2016 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors. Among the highlights: North-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors, Sacramento River settlement contractors, and M&I water service contractors are all allocated 100 percent of their contract supply...