Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement

Nis 9, 2021   //   Yazar: admin   //   Genel  //  Yorum Yapılmadı

Of the 566 education studies launched in 1986-96 (Table 3.1), 525 were actually completed. Of these 525 feasibility studies were launched for 163 projects, or 31 per cent of the projects designed during the awareness phase. The data in Table 3.1 refer to the 82 feasibility studies completed in 1996. The non-state portion required under this paragraph may be met by providing the services, equipment, supplies or other in-kind services required to establish the feasibility report. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans, builds and operates water resource projects for a variety of purposes. The Corps` main water planning and development activities include reducing flood damage, improving navigation, restoring aquatic ecosystems, preventing hurricane damage and protecting beach damage. The Water Resources Corps` project planning procedures consist of two planning phases: an information study and a feasibility study. This two-step planning process was formalized with the passage of the Federal Water Resource Development Act 1986 (WRDA`86). According to a special task force of the Corps, which reviewed the planning process, “the fundamental objective of the Corps process is to provide federal and non-federal decision-makers with sufficient information to establish that the implementation of a proposed measure is a wise investment decision” (USACE, 1996b).

Shortly after the signing of the FCSA, the Corps announced the feasibility study of the project and organized a public workshop. Alternative plans will be developed in the first months of the feasibility phase. To solve a flood problem, the body could, for example, consider a number of strategies, such as the construction of a dam or, canal improvements, non-structural techniques or combinations of approaches. They would also study the appropriate design characteristics identified by preliminary studies (for example. B the level of flood protection – 50 years, 100 years, 200 years or more). During this phase, the Corps conducts project planning analyses (including engineering and hydrology studies), project cost estimates, and operating cost estimates, in accordance with the GSP and the “Guide to Building Planning Studies” (ER 1105-2-100). Although the Corps does not carry out a very detailed study for all project alternatives, these studies are by nature intense and tedious time-consuming. A reduction in the duration of these studies may be possible, but it can also affect their quality. Beginning in 1996, the Corps took an average of 1.5 years to complete education studies and 3.4 years to conduct feasibility studies (USACE, 1996b), plus one year between the two. Figure 3.1 is, in the view of this Committee, an ideal timetable for the two-stage planning process of the body, the recognition and feasibility phase. The GPs define a six-step planning process that guides both the awareness and feasibility planning phases. These six steps are as follows: LA WRDA `86 requested that feasibility studies be made paid on a 50-50 basis, with a maximum of 50 percent of the non-federal share in kind.

Since 1986, following the signing of the feasibility cost-sharing agreement, the body has repeatedly increased the cost of feasibility studies. Such cost increases can put non-federal sponsors in a difficult situation.

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