Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure: Deterioration, Investment, or Divestment?

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National Academies Press, May 17, 2013 - Science - 120 pages
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Over the past century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has built a vast network of water management infrastructure that includes approximately 700 dams, 14,000 miles of levees, 12,000 miles of river navigation channels and control structures, harbors and ports, and other facilities. Historically, the construction of new infrastructure dominated the Corps' water resources budget and activities. Today, national water needs and priorities increasingly are shifting to operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, much of which has exceeded its design life.

However, since the mid-1980s federal funding for new project construction and major rehabilitation has declined steadily. As a result, much of the Corps' water resources infrastructure is deteriorating and wearing out faster than it is being replaced. Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastrucutre: Deterioration, Investment, or Divestment? explores the status of operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of Corps water resources infrastructure, and identifies options for the Corps and the nation in setting maintenance and rehabilitation priorities.

 

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Contents

Summary
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1 Introduction
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2 US Federal Water Project Planning Authorization and Appropriations
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3 Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure and Mission Areas
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4 Options for Improving OperationsMaintenance and Rehabilitation of Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure
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References
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Appendix A Guest Speakers at Committee Meetings
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Committee on US Army Corps of Engineers Water Science Engineering and Planning
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