Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) is a useful tool to support smaller community projects without the lengthy study and authorization process typical of most larger Corps of Engineers projects. It allows the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division to plan, design, and construct projects of limited size, cost, scope, and complexity. It is ideal for funding projects for flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and streambank protection.

The CAP draws on a collection of ongoing water resource authorities issued under several different laws. Under each, the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, is authorized to plan, design, and implement water resources projects. These projects do not require specific congressional authorization. Congress funds the program and works on a cost-share basis with a sponsoring agency, such as a city, county, state, or other groups.

To promote comprehensive, collaborative planning, CAP also supports the formulation of multipurpose projects. Examples of multipurpose functions: flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, recreation, water supply, storm damage reduction, and education.

CAP authorities

Under CAP, the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division supports communities under four different authorities. Click on the links below for opportunities each offers

Four authorities at a glance

Summary of the CAP Process

Sponsor Tool Kit

  • Sample Study Request Letter
  • Sample Project Partnership Agreement (PPA)
    • Section 14 – Streambank Erosion Protection
    • Section 205 – Local Flood Damage Reduction - Structural
    • Section 205 – Local Flood Damage Reduction - Structural and Recreation 
    • Section 206 – Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration
    • Section 206 – Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation
    • Section 1135 – Environmental Restoration
    • Section 1135 – Environmental Restoration and Recreation
  • Engineering Regulation ER 1105-2-100 - Planning Guidance Notebook with Appendix F: Continuing Authorities Program  
  • Executive Order 11988 Updated 2015 - Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input