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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investment

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and President Joe Biden signed it into law in November 2021. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submitted a detailed spend plan to Congress as required by Jan. 14, 2022, 60 days after enactment of the legislation. The projects receiving funding were announced Jan. 19, 2022.

According to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works’ Policy Guidance on Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Act provides $465,000,000 for the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), which allows USACE to plan, design, and implement water resource projects, on a smaller scale, without additional project specific congressional authorization. This is particularly useful for local governments and agencies needing help with anything from streambank protection to storm and flood damage reduction.

Of the $465,000,000 allocated to the CAP, $115,000,000 is specifically for Section 206 projects, at full Federal expense, to restore fish and wildlife passage by removing in-stream barriers, and to provide technical assistance to non-Federal interests carrying out such activities.

Mountlake Terrace Lake Ballinger Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project


The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has partnered with City of Mountlake Terrace to restore wetlands, riparian corridors, and fish and wildlife habitat within Lake Ballinger under Section 206 of the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP). This program authorizes the Corps of plan, design, and construct small scale projects under existing program authorities from Congress.  The project will create and preserve critical habitat for species of concern (e.g. amphibians) and provide significant habitat for migrating birds and many species of waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. 

The project site is located at Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace.


The sponsor of the project is the City of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. 


  • Restore wetlands, riparian corridors, and fish and wildlife habitat. 
  • Create and preserve critical habitat for species of concern (e.g., amphibians) in a rapidly developing urban area
  • Provide significant habitat for migrating birds and many species of waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway
  • Create more places for birds, fish, turtles, salamanders, and aquatic mammals to live
  • Replace a vehicle crossing and add a pedestrian boardwalk, to ensure access and limit plant damage.
  • Complete minor enhancements to pond habitat
  • Develop a more contemplative park that’s close to home for visitors to interact with. 


  • January 11, 2023 - Seattle District awarded a $5.5 million contract to Tunista Construction LLC of Federal Way, Washington
  • - 2023 - Established construction site and staging of equipment and materials.
  • - 2023 - Construction begins.


  • Construction Management Plan - [JD to confirm] 
  • Environmental Permits [JD to confirm]

Public Notices

Construction begins [INSERT DATE]. Tunista Construction LLC advises its work hours for the first two weeks will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved construction work hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may only work during periods approved by the Army Corps, even if the city approves variances to work outside those hours.

  • Noise Permit (JD to see if this is a permit on the submittal list).

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