This page provides a description of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, its mission to reduce risk in coastal areas and how its work relates to FEMA’s mission. The page is intended for community members and stakeholders who are interested in understanding how the USACE’s work compliments FEMA’s work.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) works with federal, state and local partners to reduce risk to lives, property and the environment and to strengthen coastal community resilience.
USACE coastal projects reduce vulnerability to storm surge and coastal erosion impacts. USACE projects and activities along the coast not only provide storm protection but can also restore coastal ecosystems and facilitate navigation for commerce.
USACE provides coastal floodplain technical services and planning guidance to state, regional and local governments, tribes and other non-federal entities to foster public understanding of the impacts of flood hazards and the actions the public can take to manage those hazards. USACE promotes informed management of floodplains to encourage the resilience of coastal communities.
USACE assists during times of disaster. USACE emergency response teams around the country can mobilize to respond quickly and effectively when disasters strike. The efforts of these teams help save lives, protect communities and safeguard against economic calamity. In addition to these immediate measures, USACE responds to emergencies by developing long-term solutions to emergency management issues. Shore protection projects are frequently implemented following storm events to prevent future damages.
Increasingly, USACE projects integrate environmental considerations designed to reduce impacts to the natural environment and, in some cases, restore coastal ecosystems. USACE works with partners to protect and restore coastal ecosystems through restoration projects and its regulatory program.
USACE strives to provide safe, reliable, efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable waterborne transportation systems for movement of commerce, national security needs and recreation. Federal coastal navigation projects allow commercial and recreational vessels to transit confined near-shore areas and use ports and harbors along the coast.
Resources from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers