The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) is a useful tool to support smaller community projects without the lengthy study and authorization process typical of most larger Corps of Engineers projects. It allows the Fort Worth District to plan, design and construct projects of limited size, cost, scope and complexity. It is ideal for funding projects for flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, erosion control and streambank protection.
The CAP draws on a collection of ongoing water resource authorities issued under several different laws. Under each, the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, is authorized to plan, design and implement water resources projects. These projects do not require specific congressional authorization. This program is funded by Congress and works on a cost-share basis with a sponsoring agency, such as a city, county, state or other group.
To promote comprehensive collaborative planning, CAP also supports formulation of multipurpose projects. Examples of multipurpose functions: flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, recreation, water supply, storm damage reduction and education.
Under CAP, the Fort Worth District supports communities under four different authorities. Click on the links below for opportunities each offers.
Summary of the CAP Process
Sponsor Tool Kit
- Civil War Powder Magazine, Jefferson, Section 14 Feasibility (F) Phase
- Lewisville Lake, Frisco, Section 1135 Design & Implementation (DI) Phase
- Olmos Creek, San Antonio, Section 206 (DI)
- Rio Grande Ecosystem Restoration, Laredo, Section 206 (DI)
- San Marcos River, San Marcos, Section 206 (DI)
- Village Creek, Kennedale, Section 205 (F)
- Walnut Branch, Seguin, Section 206 (DI)
- Willis Creek, Brownwood, Section 205 (F)
Completed CAP projects
- Big Cypress Bayou Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration, Section 1135
- Colorado River, Caldwell Lane, Travis County, Section 14
- Farmers Branch Creek, White Settlement, Section 205
- Little Fossil Creek, Haltom City, Section 205
- Nokomis Road, Ten Mile Creek, Lancaster, Section 14
- Pecan Creek, Gainesville, Section 205
- Spring Lake, San Marcos, Section 206
Corps of Engineers water resource programs other than CAP:
To request assistance or for additional information, please contact:
Programs and Project Management Division
U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
CAP contacts within Texas but outside of the Fort Worth District boundaries: The Fort Worth District serves the CAP program in about 53 percent of Texas as shown on the map at the top of this web page. Three Corps of Engineers districts, listed below, serve the rest.
Texas area served: Rio Grande watershed downstream from Laredo and all counties on or near the Texas Gulf Coast as shown in the map above. CAP point of contact: 409-766-3130
Texas area served: Red River and Canadian River basins CAP point of contact: 918-669-7236
Texas area served: Pecos River basin and the rest of the Rio Grande watershed from El Paso to Amistad Reservoir (just upstream of Del Rio) CAP point of contact: 505-342-3361