Information Papers

Civil Works

What is it?
Civil works for the Army and the Nation is an annual $10 billion mission, and one of the four primary missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The civil works mission traces its history to 1824 when the USACE was our Nation’s only engineering organization providing the improved river navigation and transportation networks that unified our Nation and linked us to world markets.

Today’s USACE civil works missions include (1) development and management of water resources infrastructure; (2) protection, restoration, and management of environmental resources; (3) disaster response and recovery, and (4) engineering services and program and project management.

What has the Army done?
These are some of the things we do:

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The USACE will continue to play a leadership role in commercial navigation, flood and coastal storm damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration. We will continue to support the development and management of a safe and reliable world-class maritime transportation system so essential to U.S. economic and national security. We will continue to provide water resources solutions and infrastructure to save lives and reduce property damage from floods and hurricanes while we restore, protect, and repair the environment to maintain the viability of our ecosystems.

Why is this important to the Army?
The USACE provides our Army with the organic capability to build, maintain, and operate national infrastructure. This is as applicable in our homeland as it is in operational areas of responsibility overseas. For over 200 years, the Nation has called upon the U.S. Army and the USACE to assist with building Nations.