President's Fiscal 2016 Budget for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works released

Published Feb. 2, 2015

The President’s Budget for fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) includes $4.732 billion in gross discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

"The 2016 Civil Works budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reflects the Administration's priorities to support and improve the Nation's economy, protect the American people, and restore our environment," said the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.  "This Budget supports the core mission areas of coastal and inland navigation, reducing flood and storm risks, and restoring aquatic ecosystems.  It also advances other priorities through targeted investments to make our communities more resilient to climate change and result in project-related benefits such as hydropower, recreation, water supply, and the clean-up of federally-contaminated lands.

“The Budget enables the Corps to responsibly carry out its important missions, while advancing key Administration initiatives to increase renewable energy production, reduce greenhouse gas impacts, combat invasive species, and increase community resilience in the wake of natural disasters.” said Darcy.  "The Budget continues to reflect the tough choices necessary to put the country on a fiscally sustainable path.”

New Federal funding in the Civil Works budget consists of $3.72 billion from the general fund, $915 million from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, $53 million from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and $44 million from Special Recreation User Fees.

The FY 2016 funding will be distributed among the appropriations accounts as follows:

  • $2.710 billion for Operation and Maintenance
  • $1.172 billion for Construction
  • $225 million for Mississippi River and Tributaries
  • $205 million for the Regulatory Program
  • $180 million for Expenses
  • $104 million for the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP)
  • $97 million for Investigations

  • $34 million for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies

  • $5 million for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

The FY 2016 Budget includes $1.947 billion for the study, design, construction, operation and maintenance of inland and coastal navigation projects.  It funds capital investments on the inland waterways based on the estimated revenues to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund.  The Budget gives priority to coastal harbors and inland waterways with the most commercial traffic.  It also funds harbors that support significant commercial fishing, subsistence, or public transportation benefits.  

The FY 2016 Investigations program as a whole is funded at $107 million.  This includes $10 million for work on proposals to deepen and/or widen 13 high commercial use U.S. ports, including Seattle Harbor, WA.

The Investigations account also includes $15 million to enhance the  Corps' efforts, in conjunction with state floodplain management authorities, to provide floodplain management services and interagency coordination to improve state and local capabilities to develop effective flood risk management strategies to flood and storm damages.  The Budget continues to invest in the development of interagency teams known as Silver Jackets to provide unified federal assistance in implementing flood risk management solutions. 

The FY 2016 Construction program is funded at $1.235 billion, including $63 million in the MR&T account.  The construction program uses objective, performance-based guidelines to allocate funding toward the highest performing economic, environmental, and public safety investments. 

By program area, the 57 funded construction projects consist of 28 flood risk management projects, 14 commercial navigation projects, 14 aquatic ecosystem restoration projects, and one hydropower project.

The FY 2016 aquatic ecosystem restoration program is funded at $411 million with $379 million from Construction, $17 million from Investigations and $15 million from O&M.

This program supports restoring aquatic habitat to a less degraded, more natural condition in ecosystems where ecosystem structure, function, and processes have been degraded.  Priority aquatic ecosystems supported by the Budget include the California Bay-Delta, the Chesapeake Bay, the Everglades, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf Coast.  Other ecosystem efforts include portions of Puget Sound, the Columbia River, and priority work in the Upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

The Corps will continue to work with other federal, state and local agencies, using the best available science and adaptive management to protect and restore these ecosystems. 

Collaborating with federal, non-federal, state and local partners, the Corps completed the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (Comprehensive Study) this year, a report that developed a universal Coastal Storm Risk Management Framework that identified a set of structural, non-structural natural, nature-based, and programmatic measures to manage flood risk and promote resilience for approximately 31,000 miles of coastline, from New Hampshire to Virginia.  The FY 2016 Budget will fund continuing work for three of the nine Focus Areas identified in the Comprehensive Study.  These are New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries, New Jersey Back Bays, and City of Norfolk.  The FY 2016 Budget funds will also be used to execute feasibility cost-sharing agreements with local sponsors for each focus area and to continue with feasibility study efforts.  These areas were selected based on the readiness of the local sponsors to cost-share further investigations work. 

The FY 2016 Budget funds recreation at $261 million in FY16, with $250 million in the O&M account and $11 million in the MR&T account.  The Corps is the nation’s largest provider of Federal recreation opportunities, with 370 million visits to Corps’ lands and waters per year. 

The FY 2016 Regulatory Program is funded at $205 million and will improve the protection of the nation’s waters and wetlands, while providing greater efficiency in permit processing.

The FY 2016 FUSRAP program is funded at $104 million to continue remediation activities at 23 sites contaminated by the Nation’s early efforts to develop atomic weapons.

Based on the Corps’ contribution to the response and recovery of communities after natural disasters strike, and the inevitability that there will be more, Emergency Management is funded at $39 million in FY 2016, with $34 million in the FCCE account for preparedness and training to respond to floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, and $5 million in the O&M account.

The FY 2016 Civil Works budget press book is available on the Web at, under the heading Program Budget: Press Books.
Gene Pawlik
Doug Garman

Release no. 15-001