2020—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 116–260, § 125(a)(2)(C)(i)(I), in introductory provisions, substituted “At the request of the non-Federal interest for a water resources development project involving the disposal of dredged material, the Secretary, using funds appropriated for construction or operation and maintenance of the project, may select” for “In developing and carrying out a Federal water resources project involving the disposal of dredged material, the Secretary may select, with the consent of the non-Federal interest,”.
Subsec. (d)(1)(B). Pub. L. 116–260, § 125(a)(2)(C)(i)(II), substituted “hurricane and storm or flood risk reduction benefits” for “flood and storm damage and flood reduction benefits”.
Subsec. (d)(5). Pub. L. 116–260, § 125(a)(2)(C)(ii), added par. (5).
2018—Subsec. (a)(1)(A). Pub. L. 115–270, § 1150, inserted “including a project authorized for flood control,” after “an authorized Federal water resources project,”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 115–270, § 1157(d), substituted “$62,500,000” for “$50,000,000”.
2016—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 114–322, § 1122(i)(1), designated existing provisions as subpar. (A), inserted heading, and added subpar. (B).
Subsec. (d)(3), (4). Pub. L. 114–322, § 1122(i)(2), added pars. (3) and (4).
2014—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1038(1)(A), inserted “or used in” after “obtained through”.
Subsec. (a)(3)(C). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1038(1)(B), inserted “for the purposes of improving environmental conditions in marsh and littoral systems, stabilizing stream channels, enhancing shorelines, and supporting State and local risk management adaptation strategies” before period at end.
Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1038(1)(C), added par. (4).
Subsec. (c)(1)(C). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1030(d)(1)(A), substituted “$10,000,000” for “$5,000,000”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1038(2)(A), substituted “Selection of dredged material disposal method for purposes related to environmental restoration or storm damage and flood reduction” for “Selection of dredged material disposal method for environmental purposes” in heading.
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1038(2)(B), substituted “in relation to—” for “in relation to the environmental benefits, including the benefits to the aquatic environment to be derived from the creation of wetlands and control of shoreline erosion.” and added subpars. (A) and (B).
Subsec. (e)(1). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1038(3), added par. (1) and struck out former par. (1) which read as follows: “cooperate with any State in the preparation of a comprehensive State or regional sediment management plan within the boundaries of the State;”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 113–121, § 1030(d)(1)(B), substituted “$50,000,000” for “$30,000,000”.
2007—Pub. L. 110–114 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to beneficial uses of dredged material.
1999—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 106–53, § 209(1), in introductory provisions, substituted “binding agreement with the Secretary” for “cooperative agreement in accordance with the requirements of section 1962d–5b of title 42”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 106–53, § 209(2), added subsec. (g).
1996—Subsecs. (e), (f). Pub. L. 104–303 added subsec. (e) and redesignated former subsec. (e) as (f).
Beneficial Use of Dredged Material
Pub. L. 114–322, title I, § 1122(a)–(h), Dec. 16, 2016, 130 Stat. 1645, 1646, as amended by Pub. L. 115–270, title I, § 1130, Oct. 23, 2018, 132 Stat. 3780; Pub. L. 116–260, div. AA, title I, § 125(b)(1), Dec. 27, 2020, 134 Stat. 2638, provided that:
“(a) In General.—Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 16, 2016], the Secretary [of the Army] shall establish a pilot program to carry out projects for the beneficial use of dredged material, including projects for the purposes of—
reducing storm damage to property and infrastructure;
promoting public safety;
protecting, restoring, and creating aquatic ecosystem habitats;
stabilizing stream systems and enhancing shorelines;
supporting risk management adaptation strategies;
“(7) reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such as projects that use dredged material for—
construction or fill material;
civic improvement objectives; and
other innovative uses and placement alternatives that produce public economic or environmental benefits; and
recovering lost storage capacity in reservoirs due to sediment accumulation, if the project also has a purpose described in any of paragraphs (1) through (7).
“(b) Project Selection.—In carrying out the pilot program, the Secretary shall—
identify for inclusion in the pilot program and carry out 35 projects for the beneficial use of dredged material;
consult with relevant State agencies in selecting projects; and
“(3) select projects solely on the basis of—
the environmental, economic, and social benefits of the projects, including monetary and nonmonetary benefits; and
the need for a diversity of project types and geographical project locations.
“(c) Regional Beneficial Use Teams.—
“(1) In general.—
In carrying out the pilot program, the Secretary
shall establish regional beneficial use teams to identify and assist in the implementation of projects under the pilot program.
For each regional beneficial use team established under paragraph (1), the Secretary
shall appoint the Commander of the relevant division of the Corps of Engineers to serve as the head of the team.
“(B) Membership.—The membership of each regional beneficial use team shall include—
representatives of relevant Corps of Engineers districts and divisions;
representatives of relevant State and local agencies; and
representatives of Federal agencies and such other entities as the Secretary
determines appropriate, consistent with the purposes of this section.
“(d) Considerations.—The Secretary shall carry out the pilot program in a manner that—
maximizes the beneficial placement of dredged material from Federal and non-Federal navigation channels;
incorporates, to the maximum extent practicable, 2 or more Federal navigation, flood control, storm damage reduction, or environmental restoration projects;
coordinates the mobilization of dredges and related equipment, including through the use of such efficiencies in contracting and environmental permitting as can be implemented under existing laws and regulations;
fosters Federal, State, and local collaboration;
implements best practices to maximize the beneficial use of dredged sand and other sediments; and
ensures that the use of dredged material is consistent with all applicable environmental laws.
“(e) Cost Sharing.—
“(2) Additional costs.—
Notwithstanding paragraph (1), if the cost of transporting and depositing dredged material for a project carried out under this section exceeds the cost of carrying out those activities pursuant to any other water resources project in accordance, if applicable, with the Federal standard (as defined in section 335.7
of title 33, Code of Federal Regulations), the Secretary
may not require the non-Federal interest to bear the additional cost of such activities.
“(f) Report.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 16, 2016], and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report that includes—
a description of the projects selected to be carried out under the pilot program;
documentation supporting each of the projects selected;
the findings of regional beneficial use teams regarding project selection; and
any recommendations of the Secretary
or regional beneficial use teams with respect to the pilot program.
The pilot program shall terminate after completion of the 35 projects carried out pursuant to subsection (b)(1).
“(h) Exemption From Other Standards.—
The projects carried out under this section shall be carried out notwithstanding the definition of the term ‘Federal standard’ in section 335.7
of title 33, Code of Federal Regulations.”