Water Resource Development Act of 1986: Implementation in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Water Resource Development Act of 1986, (WRDA'86), was a turning point in the Federal water resource development in the United States. The Corps of Engineers, as the principal agency responsible for the development of the Nation's water resources, had to make major changes to the process of planning, designing and constructing the Federal Civil Works program. With WRDA'86, gone are the days of large, visible Federal "Pork Barrel" projects. Now, each project has to stand the scrutiny of its most severe adversaries, the local taxpaying public. In the Savannah District, we have implemented the concept of WRDA'86 with an enlightened fervor, and have produced a project that is viable, enjoys strong local support, and will cost substantially less than originally authorized. This paper is a discussion of the changes initiated by WRDA'86, and what we at the Savannah District Corps of Engineers have learned about this new way of doing business.