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Department of Defense — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Program Description


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provides assistance in development and management of the nation’s water resources in an environmentally sustainable, economic and technically sound manner.

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Technical Assistance

Reimbursable Support

USACE may perform technical oversight and management of engineering, environmental and construction contracts, including technical assistance for brownfields-related activities, for non-Department of Defense (DOD) federal agencies, and states. The work is fully funded by the customer (e.g. local government).

Uses/Applications: Grants and technical resources can be used for brownfields related activities including:

Planning Assistance

USACE provides planning assistance for utilization and conservation of the water and related resources of drainage basins.

Eligibility Requirements: Eligible entities include states and Indian tribes.

Limitations: Planning assistance requires a 50 percent cost share between USACE and the non-federal sponsor.

Availability: Demand for planning assistance more often than not exceeds available funding.

Centers of Corps Expertise

There are several USACE Centers of Expertise whose specialized capabilities could be helpful in solving specific brownfields challenges. These include the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections Center of Expertise; the Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste Center of Expertise; the Photogrammetric Mapping Center; the expert center on Preservation of Historic Buildings and Structures; and the Rapid Response Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Center. Assistance from these Centers is generally available on a reimbursable basis.

Limitations: Reimbursable support from USACE is not available to private entities.

Availability: Priority is given to requests for support that have national significance.


Historic Preservation Assistance

Photogrammetric Mapping Center: http://mvs-wc.mvs.usace.army.mil/tcx.html

Preservation of Historic Buildings and Structures

Cowpens, South Carolina

When a baby clothes manufacturing plant closed in 1990, Cowpens, South Carolina lost more than 400 jobs and gained abandoned buildings containing unknown amounts of contamination. Inside the dormant facility, 85 drums of industrial chemicals were discovered with no responsible party to pay for cleanup. The project successfully leveraged funding for technical services related to the cleanup of the property and development of a proposed Industrial Ecology Park, including $40,000 from USACE to conduct a ground water sampling investigation on the site and in the surrounding community.

Additional Information

Kip Huston
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548

Jane Mergler
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548

Mark Mimick
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Hazardous, Toxic & Radioactive Waste Center of Expertise Specialists
12565 West Center Road
Omaha, Nebraska 68144-3869

Main Website: http://www.usace.army.mil

Region 3 | Mid-Atlantic Cleanup | Mid-Atlantic Brownfields & Land Revitalization

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