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Small Flood Risk Management Projects

Image of the study area of the Cumberland River Section 205 Feasability Study located in Nashville, Tenn.Small Flood Risk Management Projects found under CAP Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (PL 80-858), as amended, authorizes the USACE to plan, design, and construct non-structural and structural measures for flood damage reduction, also referred to as flood risk management, through a partnership with non-federal government agencies such as cities, counties, and tribal nations. Projects under this authority allow the USACE to reduce flood damages experienced in a community if a cost effective solution is identified.

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The first step of the two step study process is the completion of a federal interest determination, which is a quick justification for moving to a more detailed feasibility level of study. The purpose of the second phase, or feasibility phase, is to confirm a federal interest in participating in a solution to the identified problem. The feasibility phase is 100% federally funded up to the first $100,000. Any feasibility costs that would exceed $100,000 are cost shared 50% federal, 50% non-federal and requires execution of a FCSA.

Costs for design and implementation are cost shared 65% federal and 35% non-federal after signing a PPA. Work-in-kind can be credited if included in the scope and performed after the FCSA or PPA has been signed. The federal cost limit for CAP Section 205 projects is $10 million.

The non-federal sponsor is responsible for acquiring all lands required for the project, more specifically, lands, easements, rights-of-way, relocations, and disposal sites, but this cost is credited towards their 35% share of the total project cost; a minimum of 5% cash, and for the operation, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement once the project is completed.

How to Resquest Assistance

Requests for assistance can be made by phone, email, or letter.  A Letter of Intent from a state or local government agency is needed before federal funding can be requested.  Click on the Example Letters of Intent tab on the left to view/download letters.
For more information contact:
Chief, Project Planning Branch or Chief, Plan Formulation Section
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District
110 9th Avenue South
Room A405
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 736-2024
Email: CELRN-Customer-Outreach@usace.army.mil