Water Resources Development Act

Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA 2000, Public Law No. 106-541) as amended, allows USACE 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.
  • USACE will not eliminate any procedures or decisions that would otherwise be required for that type of project and permit application under consideration.
  • USACE 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 USACE Philadelphia District currently accepts funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to expedite review of permit applications and to provide programmatic support.  These agreements may be viewed by clicking on the links provided below:

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

Information pertaining to all permit decisions and authorizations from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers executed under those agreement can also be found at the USACE Public ORM Portal

Questions regarding WRDA 214 may be directed to Nik Tranchik, Philadelphia District, Regulatory Branch, at