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:
- Own or operate 608 dams.
- Serve ports and waterways in 41 states, including all states east of Mississippi River.
- Operate or maintain 12,000 miles of commercial inland navigation channels.
- Own or operate 257 navigation lock chambers at 212 sites.
- Manage 383 major lakes and reservoirs.
- Prevent, annually (on average), $21.688 billion worth of damage from flood events.
- Issue some 96,500 Clean Water Act permits annually.
- Manage 11.7 million acres (18,281 square miles) of real estate.
- Operate 75 hydropower projects producing 70.9 billion kilowatt-hours annually. The USACE is the largest hydropower operator in the
- United States, having responsibility for 24 percent of U.S. hydropower capacity, or 3 percent of total U.S. electrical capacity.
- USACE is the No. 1 Federal provider of Outdoor Recreation with 368 million visitors per year. Ten percent of the U.S. population visit one of the 4,485 sites at the 423 USACE projects at least once each year.
- Support over 70 federal agencies, the following being the largest customers:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency, $3.2 billion
- Environmental Protection Agency, $287 million
- Border & Transportation Security, $181 million
- Department of Energy, $46.6 million
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration $31.4 million
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.