FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its portion of President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget for the Army’s Civil Works program to support direct funded projects.
Project specific funding for FY2016 will be distributed among four primary civil works appropriation accounts as follows:
- $500,000 for Investigations
- $10 million for Construction
- $84.8 million for Operations and Maintenance
- $682,800 for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies
“The District’s Civil Works program is one of our most important missions and is a key example of how we provide value to the Nation,” said Fort Worth District Commander, William N. Craig, III. “With a Civil Works area of responsibility that covers over 53% of the state of Texas, it is important to have adequate funding to carry out our missions of flood risk management, water supply, recreation, ecosystem restoration, fish and wildlife mitigation, hydropower and environmental stewardship.”
Investigations are conducted to see if a particular project meets the criteria to move into construction. The FY 2016 budget includes $500,000 funding for investigations within the District’s area of responsibility. This funding is for feasibility studies on the Sulphur River Basin, located in northeast Texas. The basin is an important source of surface water supply for the State. .
The Lower Colorado River Basin, Onion Creek, Texas was budgeted for $10 million for construction and $3.625 million for Flood Risk Management. Additionally, the accompanying FY15 Work Plan provides $17.8 million in remaining FY15 funds for Onion Creek.
That FY15 Work Plan also provided $17.45 million for construction for the Trinity River Vision Central City Project. These construction dollars will be used for valley storage at several sites.
This year’s O&M budget will be distributed among the District’s 25 lakes which depend on annual appropriations for operations and maintenance. Operations and Maintenance funding also includes approximately $1.5 million for interim risk reduction measures and $3 million for non-routine hydropower maintenance. These measures will reduce risks associated with dam safety at various lakes, until permanent reduction measures are implemented.
“We are pleased to receive funds in the President’s FY16 Budget for key Fort Worth District Civil Works Projects that will help us to continue our work on construction, maintenance and operation of critical Civil Works infrastructure projects that impact the state of Texas’ economy, security and quality of life,” said Craig.
About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308.