Water Resource Development Acts
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) biologists work closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state agencies to help develop federal water resource projects (e.g.  dams, harbor development, flood control, and water storage projects) that meet the critical needs of local communities and conserve fish and wildlife.  Under the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Endangered Species Act, the Service works with the Corps of Engineers to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats during water resource development.   These authorities ensure that adverse impacts are addressed and opportunities to help recover imperiled species are seized early in federal project planning by all involved stakeholders.

Corps of Engineers Civil Works projects are authorized by legislation including Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA).  WRDA legislation provides the Corps of Engineers with the authority to study water resource problems, construct projects, and make major modifications to projects. WRDA bills also contain general provisions as well as special study authorizations.

The provisions and contents of WRDA legislation are cumulative and new legislation does not supersede or replace previous legislation. New WRDA add to the original language contents and often amend provisions of previous acts. Current WRDA legislation is available in the U.S. Code.


Last updated: September 22, 2014

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