LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District has received guidance that its Fiscal Year 2013 Civil Works program post-sequestration funding will be appropriated at $27,333,649 for construction, investigations and operations and maintenance.
Funding for construction projects totals $18,255,415 and includes $5,251,476 for the Tucson Drainage Area in Arizona, and $79,840 for Murrieta Creek, $249,500 for San Luis Rey River and $12,674,600 for the Santa Ana River Mainstem in California.
The district received $2,353,184 for investigations related to the Little Colorado River in Winslow, Ariz. ($449,000), and the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration ($399,200), the Malibu Creek Watershed ($419,160), the California Coastal Sediment Master Plan ($898,200 shared with San Francisco District) and Solana Beach ($187,624) in California.
The district also received $7,174,050 for operations and maintenance of facilities including $4,738,504 for Channel Islands Harbor in California, and $985,409 for Alamo Lake, $894,105 for Painted Rock Dam and $324,348 for Whitlow Ranch Dam, and $90,698 for inspections of completed works and $140,986 for scheduling reservoir operations in Arizona.
The revised funding amounts are the result of sequestration pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act.
The programs, projects or activities that were eligible for funding under the terms of the Act are those that had received funding through an allocation under the FY12 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, Division B of Public Law 112-74, including those that received funding in FY12 under a reprogramming allocation in accordance with section 101 of that Act.
The Army was responsible for allocating funding among projects and programs in the five project-based appropriations. The five accounts are: Investigations; Construction; Operation and Maintenance; Mississippi River and Tributaries; and Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).
The starting point in developing each work plan was the high-performing work proposed for funding in the President’s FY13 Budget. In the Investigations, Construction, and Mississippi River and Tributaries accounts, the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, provided more funding after sequestration than had been proposed in the Budget. In the Operation and Maintenance and FUSRAP accounts, less funding was available after sequestration than had been proposed in the Budget.
The work plans show final FY13 funding allocations for programs, projects and activities within each account. The net funding for each project or program is sufficient to fund useful increments of work. Thirty feasibility studies, four design efforts, and 14 construction projects are funded to completion. For programs, projects, and activities that are funded in the both the FY13 work plans and the President’s FY14 Budget, the funded FY13 work complements the planned FY14 work.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers main Civil Works mission areas are commercial navigation, flood and storm damage reduction, and aquatic ecosystem restoration. The Civil Works program additionally produces a significant amount of hydropower; and contributes to the protection of the nation's waters and wetlands; the restoration of certain sites contaminated as a result of the nation's early atomic weapons development program; and emergency preparedness and training to respond to natural disasters.
The work plan for each account may be found at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Budget.aspx.