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Water Resources Development Act 2010 Authorization: Proposed National Authority U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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This proposal would improve the health of tens of thousands of river miles by using science to adjust dam operations to better protect water quality and natural habitat while preserving other benefits that dams provide to people.

What This Proposal Would Authorize

  • Congressional authority to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage water releases at Corps dams – hundreds across the nation – in ways that improve river health and protect economically important resources.
  • Up to $25 million per year to scientifically determine and implement environmental flow requirements consistent with existing Corps project purposes.
  • Up to $100 million per year to enhance environmental flow implementation and community flood risk reduction by improving integration of river and floodplain management, with a 35% non-federal cash and/or in-kind match.