Water Resources Development Act

The Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA 2000, Public Law No. 106-541) as amended, allows the Corps to accept funds from non-federal public entities to provide priority review of their permit applications. Non-federal public entities are comprised of state and local governmental agencies and Indian tribal governments. They include, but are not limited to, local transportation agencies desiring to expedite highway projects, port authorities wanting permits expedited for marine terminals, flood and storm water management agencies, and governmental economic development agencies seeking to expedite permit applications for certain kinds of work, including industrial or commercial development.

To ensure funds received from a non-federal public entity will not impact impartial decision-making, the following procedures have been established:

  • All final permit decisions for cases in which these funds are used must be reviewed at least by one level above the decision maker.
  • All final permit decisions for cases in which these funds are used will be made available.
  • The Corps will not eliminate any procedures or decisions that would otherwise be required for that type of project and permit application under consideration.
  • The Corps will comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Funds will only be expended to provide priority review of the participating non-federal entity’s permit application. 

The Baltimore District currently accepts funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) to expedite review of permit applications and to provide programmatic support.  These agreements may be viewed by clicking on the links provided below:

PennDOT Agreement

MDOT Agreement

In addition, the Baltimore District, along with the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have entered into a Programmatic Agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Advisory Council on Historic Properties, and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to streamline review of transportation-related work pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  This agreement may be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Section 106 PA

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, Regulatory Branch, maintains a listing of WRDA projects, including those issued by Baltimore District. They can be found at: Headquarters Listing of WRDA projects (database), or by visiting their website.

Questions regarding WRDA 214 may be directed to the Baltimore District, Regulatory Branch, at (717) 249-9457.