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President's Fiscal 2013 Budget For U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers' Civil Works Released

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The President's Budget for fiscal year 2013 (FY13) includes $4.731 billion in discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, said, "The fiscal 2013 Civil Works budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reflects the Administration's priorities through targeted investments in the nation's infrastructure that fund the development, management, restoration, and protection of the Nation's water, wetlands, and related resources.  The Budget also reflects the tough choices necessary to put the country on a fiscally sustainable path.

"This is a performance-based budget that funds the construction of projects that reduce risk to public safety, provide significant environmental restoration benefits, or provide significant economic returns on the nation's investment.  America is a maritime nation, and this budget invests in navigation improvements that enable efficient use of waterborne transportation, a key component in global trade," said Darcy.  "The 2013 Civil Works program is a continuing, fiscally prudent investment in the nation's water resources infrastructure and in the restoration of its aquatic ecosystems." 

The Army Civil Works budget funds the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of projects, and focuses on the highest performing projects and programs within three main Civil Works mission areas: commercial navigation, flood risk management, and aquatic ecosystem restoration.  It also funds programs that contribute to the protection of the nation's waters and wetlands; the generation of low-cost renewable hydropower; the restoration of certain sites contaminated as a result of the nation's early atomic weapons development program; and emergency preparedness and training to respond to natural disasters.

New federal funding in the Civil Works budget consists of $3.744 billion from the general fund, $848 million from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, $95 million from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and $44 million from Special Recreation User Fees.

The FY13 funding will be distributed among the appropriation accounts as follows:
  • $2.398 billion for Operation and Maintenance
  • $1.471 billion for Construction
  • $234 million for Mississippi River and Tributaries
  • $205 million for the Regulatory Program
  • $182 million for Expenses
  • $104 million for the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program
  • $102 million for Investigations
  • $30 million for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies
  • $5 million for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

The FY13 Civil Works program is also provided $552 million in funding from three additional sources bringing the FY13 total program funding to $5.283 billion.  This includes approximately $450 million in cost-sharing contributions from non-federal partners. Additionally, $21 million in Federal Permanent Appropriations will be available to USACE in FY13, and $81 million will be available from the Coastal Wetlands Restoration Trust Fund for the work of several of the Federal agencies including USACE, overseen by an interagency Federal-State task force led by USACE.

The FY13 Budget supports the modernization of Federal water resources infrastructure processes to address 21st Century water resources needs through policies and procedures that govern Federal water resources development and strategies for both managing the Nation's aging infrastructure and restoring aquatic ecosystem functions affected by past investments.  The Administration is considering additional proposals to advance efforts already underway and to build the foundation of a comprehensive strategy for investing in the Nation's water infrastructure.  In considering and developing these new policies, procedures, and strategies, the Administration will continue to engage and collaborate with the many stakeholders whose interests are tied to our Nation's water infrastructure, including State, local, and Tribal governments, as well as the Congress.

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