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Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) is a group of nine water resource related authorities contained in several different laws. The purpose of the CAP is to plan, design, and construct water resources projects of limited scope and complexity. Unlike General Investigation (GI) studies, CAP projects do not require project-specific authorization from Congress. The four CAP authorities in the Albuquerque District are listed in the table below.

All projects in this program include a feasibility phase and an implementation phase. Planning activities, such as development of alternative plans to achieve the project goals, initial design and cost estimating, environmental analyses, and real estate evaluations are performed during the feasibility phase to develop enough information to decide whether to implement the project.

The feasibility phase is initially federally funded up to $100,000. Any remaining feasibility phase costs are shared 50/50 with the non-federal sponsor after executing a feasibility cost sharing agreement (FCSA).

The final design, preparation of contract plans and specifications, permitting, real estate acquisition, project contracting and construction, and any other activities required to construct or implement the approved project are completed during the implementation phase. The Corps and the non-federal sponsor sign a project partnership agreement (PPA) near the beginning of the implementation phase. Costs beyond the feasibility phase are shared as specified in the authorizing legislation for that section.

All CAP projects require a non-federal sponsor – typically a local agency such as a city or county. For some types of projects, non-profits may be the non-federal sponsor. The non-federal sponsor shares in the cost of both the feasibility study (except for Section 204 feasibility studies which are 100% federally funded, and of project implementation.

CAP Authorities within the Albuquerque District

Authority Project Purpose More Information

Section 14, Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended

Streambank and shoreline erosion protection of public works and non-profit public services Fact sheet & Template Letter of Request
Section 205, Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended Flood damage reduction Fact sheet & Template Letter of Request
Section 206, Water Resources Development Act of 1996, as amended Aquatic ecosystem restoration Fact sheet & Template Letter of Request
Section 1135, Water Resources Development Act of 1986, as amended Project modifications for improvement of the environment Fact sheet & Template Letter of Request