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Memphis Metropolitan Storm Water Management

Congress has authorized the Corps of Engineers to partner with state and local governments to address water resources concerns in Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette Counties, Tennessee and Desoto and Marshall Counties, Mississippi within the Hatchie, Loosahatchie, Wolf, Nonconnah, Horn Lake, and Coldwater watersheds. Problems that can be addressed include flood control, ecosystem restoration, water, and other related purposes related to storm water runoff and management.


Flood Control
Many portions of the project area are undergoing rapid development resulting in changes to flood frequencies, depths, and durations. Floods have been reported in numerous residential, commercial, and industrial areas within the last several years. Likewise, numerous roads and agricultural areas have been flooded.


Ecosystem Restoration
Many of the waterways within the project area have been channelized resulting in losses to in-stream aquatic habitat and adjacent wetlands. The channel bottom in many of the streams and rivers are deepening (termed channel incision), resulting in widespread erosion and downstream sediment deposition.


Recreation Opportunities
If complimentary, recreation opportunities can also be considered for implementation. Opportunities consist of but are not limited to bike/hike trails, fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching, and other forms of outdoor recreation.


Project Implementation
Sponsors should contact the Corps of Engineers regarding potential projects. A project management plan will be developed that defines project scope, budget, and costs. If agreeable by both parties, a formal agreement will be made between the Corps of Engineers and the non-federal sponsor. A two-phased approach is followed for each individual project. A feasibility study is conducted during the first phase. The feasibility phase is cost shared 50/50 with a non-federal partner. All of the non-federal funds can be work in-kind. During the feasibility study a number of alternatives are developed and analyzed that meet the individual project’s objective. Benefits are quantified and costs are calculated to determine if solutions are feasible to implement. If determined feasible, a report is prepared and submitted to Congress for construction authorization.

Following Congressional authorization, construction is generally cost shared 65% federal and 35% non-federal.


Further Contact
If you have additional questions or would like to request assistance under the Memphis Metropolitan project authorization, please contact:

Mr. Danny Ward
Project Management Branch
167 N. Main, Room B-202
Memphis, TN 38103-1894
Phone: (901) 544-0709
Fax: (901) 544-3955