Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

New U.S. Army Corps Rule, New Possibilities for Water Resources Projects

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location
Webinar
Contact
Sara Mason
Email
New U.S. Army Corps Rule, New Possibilities for Water Resources Projects

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines help dictate how Army Corps investments in water resources are made. In February 2024, the USACE released a proposed rule that establishes updated agency specific procedures (ASPs) for how the Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines are implemented. For decades, economic considerations have primarily driven the ASPs used by the Corps to plan for and make decisions about projects built in partnership with state, local, or community sponsors. The proposed rule opens the door for USACE projects that better account for local priorities, incorporate nature-based or nature-enhanced alternatives, and are more likely to provide multiple benefits. 

Join this informational webinar for a discussion by a wide range of experts about the proposed rule. Panelists will explore how and why the updated ASPs came to be, the implications of the ASP update, and how USACE project partners expect to be able to leverage the updated rule to better provide multibenefit projects. The webinar is organized by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) and the American Society of Civil Engineers' Environmental & Water Resources Institute.

Speakers

  • Robyn Colosimo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Project Planning and Review
  • Sally Ericsson, former Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science at the White House Office of Management and Budget; former Associate Director for Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Jimmy Hague, Senior Water Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
  • Todd Bridges, Professor of Practice and Associate Director for Public-Private Partnerships, Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, University of Georgia; former Senior Research Scientist at USACE 
  • Tom Lewis, President and Chief Operating Officer, Tidal Basin Group
  • Moderator: Lydia Olander, Program Director, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Duke University

About the National Ecosystem Services Partnership

The National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP) is an information and knowledge exchange hub for policy work and research on ecosystem services and nature-based solutions. NESP engages both public and private individuals and organizations to enhance collaboration within the ecosystem services community, including on nature-based solutions. NESP aims to strengthen coordination of policy, market implementation, and research at the national level. The partnership is an initiative of Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.

About the Environmental & Water Resources Institute

The Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is the American Society of Civil Engineers' technical source for environmental and water-related issues. EWRI's vision is: Advancing water resources and environmental solutions to achieve a sustainable future.