595 Program - Example Letter of Assistance

Colonel Andrew J Baker 

Commander, Los Angeles District

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

915 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90017


Dear Colonel Baker:

This letter requests that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provide design and construction assistance under Section 595 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999, as amended at [location].

[Briefly describe the nature of the water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects that might affect the acceptability of any recommended solutions, from the perspective of local government and/or the public.]

We understand that as a local sponsor under the Section 595 program, we are responsible for 25 percent of project design and construction costs.   Our cost-share obligation would include provision of all lands, easements, rights-of-way, relocations, and dredged material disposal areas required for the project.  We intend to pursue budgetary actions so that funds are available to meet our cost sharing requirements.   We would assume responsibility for operation and maintenance of the project upon completion.

It is understood that, if it is found feasible and advisable to provide assistance at [location], the [non-federal sponsor] would be required to provide the local cooperation and cost sharing prescribed by the Secretary of the Army.


Sincerely, [Name and title of public official authorized to request study]