Emergency Streambank and Shoreline Protection

A before picture of the Cowan Street emergency streambank protection project in Nashville, Tenn. where the shoreline threatened publicly owned facilities.An after picture of the Cowan Street emergency streambank stabilization project in Nashville, Tenn. The project protected 800 ft of shoreline and adjacent publicly owned facilities.Emergency Streambank and Shoreline Protection found under CAP Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended, authorizes the Corps of Engineers to study, design, and construct emergency streambank and shoreline protection to protect public services including, but not limited to, streets, bridges, schools, water and sewer lines, cultural resource sites, churches, and other non-profit organizations from damage and/or loss by natural erosion. Private property or vacant lands are not eligible. It must be natural erosion from a body of water threatening the loss of a public service and/or facility, and cannot be from controlled lake level fluctuations or overland flow. Erosion protection must be more cost effective than relocating the facility and must be environmentally acceptable.

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 Process and Funding:

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. Costs for design and implementation are cost shared 65% federal, 35% non-federal after signing a PPA. Work-in-kind can be credited after the Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement or PPA has been signed. The Federal cost limit for CAP Section 14 projects is $5 million.

 Responsibility of Project Sponsor:

The sponsor will provide all lands, easements, rights-of-way, relocations, and disposal areas and a minimum of 5% cash and is responsible for the operation, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and replacement once the project is completed.

How to Request 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) 736-7865
Email: CELRN-Customer-Outreach@usace.army.mil