The PPMD division conducts feasibility, reevaluation and other studies to determine the engineering, environmental and economic viability of proposed water resources projects. Before Congress considers such projects for authorization, the Corps must analyze the costs, benefits and impacts on people and the environment.
Planning usually begins with a preliminary reconnaissance study that defines the problem, identifies possible solutions and cost estimates, and outlines the economic and environmental pros and cons of each option. If the reconnaissance study indicates it makes sense to study the proposal further, the next stage is to conduct a detailed feasibility study. If the project moves forward, the PPMD prepares an environmental impact statement and the preliminary engineering plans. Detailed engineering plans are made only after Congress authorizes the project.
The division also manages project development to ensure quality and successful completion on schedule and within budget. It assigns a single project manager to oversee each project. Working with people from all divisions, project managers track the project from the earliest to the final stages. They involve the local cost-sharing sponsor in all aspects of planning and strive for the highest quality standards.
Project managers serve as the single point of contact for information. They oversee budget, programming and administrative aspects, which allows study managers, design engineers and construction management personnel the time to focus on their responsibilities.
PPMD is responsible for securing and managing the utilization of all the district's civil works funding, as well as identifying and reporting on work force requirements.