Mark Bias / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

FL - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Mitigates Storm Risk Along Florida's Coastline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received disaster funds provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The act provides nearly $17.4 billion to the Corps for disaster recovery.

Jacksonville District received $3.348 billion for long-term recovery investments in its area of responsibility, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Initially, BBA funding went towards Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria including 13 studies and 22 projects that will reduce risk to communities damaged by storm events. The total Federal funding allocation for Jacksonville District recovery efforts so far exceeds $4 billion.

The Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FCCE) program is directly funded through emergency supplemental appropriations. FCCE funds are used to inspect locally constructed levee systems that are complaint within the PL 84-99 program.

Jason Harrah, is a USACE program manager specializing in coastal risk management.

“Funds are [designated] for more than just levees they also provide funds to survey our damaged federal beach projects to determine if emergency renourishments are needed”, said Harrah.

Harrah says,  if additional FCCE funds are needed once authorized it is appropriated by congress as emergency response funding through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

To date, the following projects have been completed:

FCCE projects

Lee County Gasparilla
Brevard County South Reach
Palm Beach County Jupiter Carlin
Palm Beach County – Delray Beach
Palm Beach County – North Boca
Palm Beach County – Ocean Ridge

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