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1 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Infrastructure Strategies in Texas Albert H. Halff 2015 Water Resources Workshop - Dallas Post SAME Robert Slockbower, P.E. Programs Director Southwestern Division 20 July 2015 US Army Corps of Engineers

2 Southwestern Division Leadership Team Brig. Gen. David C. Hill SWD Commander Colonel Donovan D Ollar SWD Deputy Commander Mr. Robert E. Slockbower, SES Director of Programs Mr. Pete G. Perez, SES Director of Regional Business Lt. Col. Clay Morgan Fort Worth District Acting Commander Colonel Richard P. Pannell Galveston District Commander Colonel Courtney Paul Little Rock District Commander Colonel Richard A. Pratt Tulsa District Commander

3 Little Rock District's MV Ted Cook positions the Crane Barge Mike Hendricks at Dam 2 during the flood of 2011 Navigation (Inland) 2 major waterways (GIWW and MKARNS) Water Supply 8.4 million acre-feet of water storage Water control contracts = water for 1.8 million households Hydroelectric Power 18 power plants in 6 states produce 6.7 billion kw hours 87% of regional capacity, third in the Corps Sardis Dam, Oklahoma Bull Shoals Powerhouse, Arkansas Flood Damage Reduction 74 flood damage reduction lakes/reservoirs 33.22M acre-feet of flood storage 760 miles of local flood protection projects $85 B in cumulative flood damage prevention Dallas Floodway Regulatory (work in waters & wetlands) Over 5000 permit decisions annually Protection of waters & wetlands Regulators examine soils on a wetland delineation field visit. Houston Ship Channel Recreation 20 percent of the Corps' total recreation projects located within the regional boundary 83 million visitors at 90 operating projects located in five states Moonshine Beach, Table Rock Lake, Mo. Navigation (Ports and Channels) 3 of the Nation s Top Ten ports 32 channels (15 deep draft, 17 shallow draft) More than 500 M tons of commerce annually 3

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5 5 BUILDING STRONG

6 Process Improvement To be well integrated Understand stakeholder business models Support water planning Optimize the use of Budget $$ Brays Bayou, Houston Post Flood Actions New Opportunities Studies Project Construction Corps Reservoirs > $160M of damages P.L Restoration Dallas Floodway Regional Priority Texas Coast Regional Priorities Strategy Spillway Event CW Transformation Communication Strategic Partnerships Transparency Stakeholder Community of Practice Improve Navigation Regional Multipurpose Reservoirs The Texas Coast Means navigation Ways system is Desired Cond/ Ends Measure Line protected of Effort & resilient, outcome Sustain Federal Projects positioned for Mission Execution Maintain the Governance sustainable economic infrastructure and Budgeting preparation and prioritized PRB and RMB programs to optimize routine and growth major with maintenance strategic the utilization of Strategic Metrics Operation partnerships Plans, Recreation, that power facilities by all Support non-federal Investment production, out grants, leases stakeholders LEAD support non-federal Sustainable CW Prgm Capital Investment investment. Long term infrastructure Leads and Dam Safety studies and modifications sustainment of Innovative efforts to supplement water supply and be relevant OPM i.e. Chloride project functioning Strategic Metrics to water supply IRRMS, routine and major maintenance facilities to meet Protect our Coastal Area Reallocation studies in the region Reservoir Sustainability long term needs and aid in the $$$ development Business Strategy and O&M, PAS Understanding the stakeholder opportunities and constraints implementation Managing Competing purposes/priorities Strategic Metrics of State Water Water planning BUILDING and studies STRONG (PAS) P3? Divest or De -authorize or both Planning State Agencies, Bi-annual meetings with WS stakeholders Initiatives Water supply, SWPA, partners, Support Installation water Supply planning River Authorities, local communities, Sustained Learning Recreational users Tri-state meeting Understanding of Regulatory education sessions capabilities and Capabilities outreach to Regions/states Strategic Metrics Coordination and alignment with State/Fed needs of all agencies and tribes to assist with integration stakeholders Continue to standardize Regulatory through best practices 1 1 6

7 Lake Texoma - Cumberland Levee

8 Lake Lewisville - Embankment Skin Slide

9 Roadway Flood Damages Texas Sam Rayburn State Hwy 91 Lavon Lake, East Fork Park BUILDING STRONG

10 Schedule Challenges 1. Environmental Windows 2. Cost Share 3. Funding P.L Rehabilitation Program Flood Risk Management Projects Contract Award Project Complete Request for Assistance ( 30 days from bankfull) Eligibility Determination Division Quality Assurance Review Division Commander Approves PIR* Environmental Permits and Real Estate District Quality Control Review Notice to Public Sponsors Event *PIR Project Information Report 10 Lessons Learned 1. Command Emphasis (emergency until last project is complete) 2. Emergency until final project is repaired 3. Regional Program Execution and Tracking 4. Vertical Team Integration for PIR* Review, Damage Classification/Prioritization, & Funding

11 . P.L Rehabilitation Program Pump Station Flood Wall Damage Overtopping Levee Breach

12 Texas Gulf Coast Means Ways End Process Improvement CW Transformation Communication Strategic Partnerships Transparency Stakeholder Community of Practice Improve our Ports (Deepen / Widen / Safety / Capacity) Sustain Federal Projects (Dredging / PA Mgmt / GIWW maintenance) Support non-federal Investment (Regulatory, Outgrants, SEC 204/408, MOAs) Protect our Shorelines (Storm Damage, Ecosystem Restoration, Levee Cert) The Texas Coast navigation system is protected & resilient, positioned for sustainable economic growth with strategic partnerships that support non-federal investment.

13 USACE Southwestern Division Regional Priority Port of Houston Port of Port Arthur Port of Beaumont Port of Texas City Port of Galveston Matagorda Port Freeport Port of Victoria Sabine Neches Waterway Houston Galveston Navigation Channel Port of Corpus Christi Matagorda Ship Channel Channel to Freeport Gulf of Mexico Texas is #2 in the nation for maritime commerce, accounts for more than $400 billion in economic value and 2.3 million jobs nationally which helps to generate more than $34 billion in local and state tax revenue each year. Corpus Christi Ship Channel When the Panama Canal Expansion opens in 2016, ports must expand their capacity via land-and-waterside improvements to accept these ships. The Texas navigation system has post-panamax projects ready for construction and studies are completed for deepening Port Freeport, Corpus Christi Ship Channel and the Sabine-Neches Waterway to depths that would allow post -Panamax ships to call. Port of Brownsville Mexico Brazos Island Harbor Legend Current Depth Authorized Depth Ongoing Studies

14 Coastal Texas Study Regions Region 2 Region 1 Region 3 Region 4

15 Multipurpose Reservoir & Water Supply Means Ways End Communication Transparency TWCA TWDB TRISTATE REGIONS Sustain Long-range Planning (3-5 years) Major Maintenance and Routine Maintenance Planning Budgets Modify Water supply contracts Dam Safety IRRMS and Major Rehab Reallocation Studies Enable Incorporating Lessons-learned Adopting Best Practices Planning support Regulatory Policy/Legislation Sustainable infrastructure and be relevant to water supply in Texas. 15

16 Water Supply in USACE Reservoirs 9.3 Million Acre-Feet of Storage for Municipal, Industrial or Agricultural Use - 36% of potable water for Texas - 35% of potable water for Oklahoma - 50% of potable water for Kansas 16

17 WRRDA 2014 Water Supply and Reservoirs Deauthorizations & Backlog Prevention Dam Safety Regulatory & 408 Project Development and Delivery (Including Planning) Alternative Financing Navigation Non-Federal Implementation Levee Safety Credits 17

18 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 Water Infrastructure P3 Pilot Program ( 5014) Authorizes Secretary of the Army to enter into agreements with non-federal interests, including private entities, to deliver and finance construction of at least 15 water resources projects Water Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act (WIFIA) WIFIA credit facility contemplates loans, lines of credit, and loan guarantees to support water infrastructure projects of national and regional significance (including flood damage reduction, restoration of aquatic ecosystems, improvements to inland and intracoastal waterway navigation systems, wastewater treatment works, desalination plants, etc.) Program Reforms & Streamlining WRRDA offers a variety of other initiatives and authorities to facilitate and/or enable alternative resourcing and delivery. Relevant examples include 1008 (Expediting Hydropower at Corps of Engineers Facilities), 1014 (Study and Construction of Water Resources Development Projects by Non-Federal Interests), 1022 (Credit in Lieu of Reimbursement), 1043 (Non-Federal Implementation Pilot Program), and 6002 (Review of Corps of Engineers Assets) 18

19 Why Alternative Financing for USACE? HYDROPOWER WATER STORAGE AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS COASTAL HARBORS EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE New investment and expertise will assist USACE to: 1. Sustain performance and service levels 2. Extend service life 3. Buy down risk for the nation 4. Reduce life-cycle asset costs 5. Generate cost offsets and promote costrecovery Rehabilitation Risk Management Innovative Procurement New Investments Operation & Maintenance NEW INFRASTRUCTURE New investment and expertise will assist USACE to: 1. Accelerate infrastructure delivery 2. Reduce life-cycle asset costs 3. Advance public benefits 4. Buy down risk for the nation 5. Generate cost offsets and promote costrecovery DAMS & LEVEES FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION RECREATION INLAND WATERWAYS Alternative Financing is viewed as an additional tool to help USACE deliver critical infrastructure and services to the nation. 19

20 Alternative Financing - Project Screening AF Suitability Screening

21 Alternative Financing Demonstration Projects Whitter Narrows (FRM) Fargo Moorhead (FRM) List of Projects Sabine Neches (NAV) Great Lakes (NAV) IL Waterways (NAV) Recreation (REC) WD Mayo (Hydro) 21

22 Alternative Financing Way Ahead PROJECT Accelerating Existing / Creating New Benefit Streams Capturing Funding Streams Establish Partnerships Development of Business Case Authorities (Fed/State/Local) Corps Implementation Contributed Funds Advance Funds In-Kind Services P3 Everything is on the table!! 22

23 And Then There Is Clean Water (CW) Rule Provide needed clarification following Supreme Court rulings in 2001 & 2006 Ensure that regulated waters are: more precisely defined more predictable easier for businesses & industry to understand consistent with the law & the latest science Final CW Rule Posted on US EPA website 27 May Final CW Rule published in Federal Register 29 June 2015 Rule effective 28 August days following publication in Federal Register on Sec 7001 WRRDA 2014 NF entities recommend study authorities / modifications to existing water resources projects Proposals due 23 September 2015

24 The Hydroillogical Cycle

25 Public Communications ONE message You can have confidence in the Army Corps of Engineers. MANY media Social Media, websites, news media, mobile apps MULTIPLE markets DFW, Houston, South Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas Digital Media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, website, mobile apps, etc.) Tulsa District Facebook more than 22M impressions (2/3 of all of USACE) Districts conducted conversations with public on Facebook, news media and stakeholders on Twitter =Stratcom breakthrough on use of social media Social media exploded during this event. Driven by solid key messages and dazzling high quality photos and videos (70+ videos uploaded to YouTube), Tulsa District alone reached more FB users than the entire population of Oklahoma. Stakeholders and news media continued to use Twitter as a preferred social media platform. Traditional Media (news releases, news media interviews, TV, radio, print) Almost 500 news media engagements National & International news media Subject matter experts and command leadership were well-trained and articulate =Traditional news media primary source of info in large media markets, expertise reassured public

26 A respected organization that develops & cares for its people while engineering solutions for our Nation s toughest challenges 26

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