Army Corps of Engineers

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What is the Army Corps of Engineers?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a federal agency that is responsible for performing a wide range of civil, military, and environmental engineering functions.

The Corps' Civil Works program manages projects that improve the nation's ports and waterways, protect the public from the risk of flood and storm damage, and restore aquatic ecosystems. Through the Civil Works programs, the Corps is responsible for the management and maintenance of approximately 700 dams and operates 75 hydroelectric plants throughout the country.

The Military Missions operation provides engineering services to U.S. Department of Defense agencies and environmental cleanup of former and active Department of Defense sites. Military services provided by the Corps apply to sites located both within the U.S. and overseas.

The Corps' Environmental Program restores degraded ecosystems and manages public recreation areas on more than 4,000 sites around lakes and reservoirs.

The Corps also has extensive regulatory authority in the protection of aquatic resources. Much of the Corps' regulatory authority derives from Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Projects in or affecting navigable waters, including dredging or the deposit of material and the construction of structures such as piers and bridges, usually require a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Clean Water Act broadens the regulatory authority of the Corps to include not only navigable waters, but also tributaries to navigable waters and adjacent wetlands. Projects and activities affecting these regulated areas are subject to the Army Corps of Engineers permitting process.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employs more than 37,000 civilians and soldiers, and it is organized geographically into eight permanent divisions, one provisional district, and one research command reporting directly to the headquarters in Washington, D.C. Within each division, there are several districts. Districts are identified by watershed boundaries for civil works projects and by political boundaries for military projects.