US Army Corps of Engineers - Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Recovery Plan
The program purpose is to restore habitat to a more natural condition in ecosystems where the structure, function, and dynamic processes have become degraded. The emphasis is on restoration opportunities associated with aquatic resources including wetlands, riparian areas, and floodplains. Projects selected for Recovery Act funding have the ability to accelerate completion of high quality restoration projects already underway in an efficient manner using contracts and temporary in-house labor.
The program uses non-Federal and Federal funds to restore wetlands, streams, rivers, and natural lakes and adjacent lands to conditions that are more similar to conditions prior to alteration by humans. In addition to restoring more natural water flow patterns and native plants and animals, these projects may also contribute to general well being by providing recreational opportunities, reduced flooding, improved fishing, hunting or trapping, and water quality improvements. Each project undergoes a review to assure that the proposed plan is includes a cost effective mix of measures and is the most cost effective alternative considering any physical, legal, or monetary constraints and the desires of the non-Federal sponsor. A variety of projects will be funded.
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Schedule and Milestones
All work items are estimated to be completed by September 2010.
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Projects and Activities
A portion of the funds will be used to contract for data and reports that will evaluate the needs and opportunities for projects to improve the sustainability in watersheds, advance planning of projects designed to restore aquatic resources using a variety of measures. The majority of the funds will be used primarily on contracts that will make a meaningful contribution towards completion of ongoing projects restoring wetlands in various regions of the country.
The Corps’ creation of a Headquarters Management Oversight Team to assist in Recovery Act planning and execution provides balance in managing regular Corps work and Recovery Act work. The team’s responsibility includes the tracking of ARRA obligations, contract awards, and financial execution. The team also provides expertise and support in the areas of information management systems, legal review, internal management and small business. The team oversees the ARRA reporting process to ensure the Corps’ program is transparent and maintains its accountability to the American Public.
The Management Oversight Team is facilitated by a Stimulus Project Delivery Team (PDT) that meets weekly to discuss and resolve Recovery Act matters. The Stimulus PDT includes employees assigned to the Directorate of Civil and Emergency Operations, Directorate of Military and International Operations, Office of the Chief Counsel, Office of Internal Review, Office of the Engineer Inspector General, Directorate of Resource Management, Directorate of Contracting, Directorate of Corporate Information, Directorate of Human Resources, and the Offices of Small Business and Public Affairs.
Cost and Performance Plan
The Corps will utilize the fundamental principles of Composite Risk Management found in the Army Field Manual 5-19 to assist in identifying and assessing risks; and developing and implementing controls that lead to making the best and most appropriate decisions. Leaders at all levels are responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the Civil Works Recovery Act Program and to ensure appropriate corrective action is applied, as needed.
Throughout the Corps, numerous in-place assessment tools exist that include managing risks in all of our programs. The Corps supplemental guidance developed specifically for monitoring the use of Recovery Act funds provides additional controls to ensure the programs efficiency, execution and overall success. USACE ARRA Management Control Checklists are designed to capture progress and/or deficiencies in the areas of program performance, reporting, human capital, acquisition processes, financial controls and functionality of operational systems that monitor and report Recovery Act data.
Agency plans and public reporting are accomplished through a number of venues with various reporting frequencies that are aimed at providing assistance and transparent information to the public related to the Corps' Civil Works Recovery Act Program. These include all mandatory ARRA reports; internal Agency reporting and evaluations; and monthly Project, Directorate, and Command-level Review Boards that specifically address ARRA program progress and issues. The Corps Recovery.gov web-site will provide program updates on the Corps web-site located at: http://www.usace.army.mil/RECOVERY.
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