NRCS and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) National Partnership | NRCS
The NRCS/USACE Partnership Agreement, signed July 7, 2005, promotes a long-term working relationship to improve the management of water and related natural resources under the missions and authorities of NRCS and USACE. The agencies have pledged to work together in the following areas: 1) watershed planning; 2) wetlands creation, restoration and enhancement; and 3) natural disaster recovery. Activities related to Wetlands Conservation and Regulatory Compliance (The "Swampbuster" Provision of the Farm Bill and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act) will also be coordinated.
An interagency team has worked on the development of mechanisms for strengthening working relationships between NRCS and USACE. A draft action plan has been circulated at both the national and field level for review, and this action in itself has stimulated increased collaboration between staff. It has also yielded a great deal of thoughtful input, information on how the agencies are currently working together and suggestions for new joint activities and projects.
On June 26, 2008, Chief Arlen L. Lancaster and George Dunlop, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works renewed the commitment to the interagency partnership and concurred on the implementation of the Action Plan developed jointly by NRCS and USACE. NRCS National Bulletin NB.210.8.17 contains a copy of the Concurrence Letter on the NRCS/USACE Partnership Action Plan and the Action Plan is available on the Partnership Web site. For more information, please contact the NRCS Liaison to the USACE, at (501) 210-8926, or e-mail: email@example.com.