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APPROPRIATION / PHASE: General Investigations / Reconnaissance

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Watershed Planning

AUTHORITY: U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Resolution No. 2495, Upper Delaware River Watershed, NY adopted May 9, 1996.

DESCRIPTION: Initial impetus for the study was the January 1996 storm event that caused significant flood damage throughout the area. Consecutive major floods in September 2004, April 2005 and June 2006, again caused devastation along the main stem Delaware River and its tributaries, repeatedly damaging property and disrupting tens of thousands of lives. Several interim studies are currently in process under this parent authority including a study for Livingston Manor and a floodplain reconnection study.  Delaware County, NY and the Corps are currently negotiating a project management plan and Feasibility Cost Share Agreement (FCSA) for a continuing study under this parent authority for flood risk management and ecosystem restoration along the East Branch Delaware River and its tributaries.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is also considering participation on the study.

STATUS: An expedited 905(b) reconnaissance study addendum was approved. Recent flood events and corresponding field visits of problem areas in the Upper Delaware River Watershed with other agencies show the need for a comprehensive Upper Delaware River Watershed Study to evaluate alternatives in the larger watershed beyond those already in the feasibility phase (ie. Livingston Manor). The Corps has made several field inspections over the last year and participated in multiple community meetings to better define problem areas in Delaware County, NY and identify cost share partners.  Additional site visits and coordination with Delaware County and NYCDEC were conducted in FY 2015. In order to initiate a full Feasibility Study, a cost-sharing sponsor and the Corps must execute a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement (FCSA).  The Corps did not identify a potential sponsor willing to participate in a feasibility study level effort for Delaware County, NY. However, several potential Continuing Authorities projects were identified during this reconnaissance investigation.

PROJECT GOALS:  The purpose of this project is to evaluate alternatives in the larger watershed beyond those already in the feasibility phase for flood risk management and ecosystem restoration.