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.