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Posted 2/9/2018

Release no. 18-002

Gene Pawlik


Doug Garman

Washington (February 9, 2018) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today published in the Federal Register its request for proposals for beneficial use of dredged material pilot projects pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, Beneficial Use of Dredged Material. 

Proposals must be submitted to USACE on or before March 12, 2018.  More information on the program and solicitation can be found in the Federal Register notice, 83 Fed. Reg. 5763 (Feb. 9, 2018).  It is available on line at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/09/2018-02613/request-for-proposals-for-beneficial-use-of-dredged-material-pursuant-to-section-1122-of-the-water. 

Section 1122 requires USACE to establish a pilot program to carry out 10 projects for the beneficial use of dredged material.  The pilot program can include projects for the purposes of:

(1)  reducing storm damage to property and infrastructure;

(2)  promoting public safety;

(3)  protecting, restoring and creating aquatic ecosystem habitats;

(4)  stabilizing stream systems and enhancing shorelines;

(5)  promoting recreation;

(6)  supporting risk management adaptation strategies; and

(7)  reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such as

projects that use dredged material for:

(A)  construction or fill material;

(B)  civic improvement objectives; and,

(C) other innovative uses and placement alternatives that produce public economic or environmental benefits.


Projects identified under Section 1122 must maximize the beneficial placement of dredged material from federal and non-federal navigation channels and ensure that the use of dredged material is consistent with all applicable environmental laws.  USACE is required to carry out the pilot program in consultation with relevant state agencies and to establish regional teams to assist in the evaluation of the proposals.