CAP Section 14, Streambank and Shoreline Erosion

Published Jan. 18, 2024

Emergency Streambank and Shoreline Protection (Section 14)

Section 14 of the 1946 Flood Control Act provides the Corps of Engineers authority to construct emergency shoreline and streambank protection works to protect public facilities, such as bridges, roads, public buildings, sewage treatment plants, water wells, and non-profit public facilities, such as churches, hospitals, and schools. The maximum Federal expenditure at any one site is $10 million and each project must be economically justified and environmentally sound.

Cost Sharing Requirements. Projects are undertaken on a cost shared basis. The Feasibility Study is 100 percent federally funded up to $100,000. The local sponsor is required to cost-share equally the cost of the Feasibility Study that exceeds $100,000. The local sponsor is also required to provide 35 percent of the implementation costs of developing plans and specifications and construction. The non-federal share of project implementation costs may include credit for lands, easements, rights-of-way, relocations, and disposal areas (LERRD) necessary for the project, plus a cash contribution of 5 percent of the total project implementation costs. In the event that the value of LERRD, plus 5 percent, does not equal at least 35 percent of the total project implementation cost, the non-federal sponsor must contribute additional cash to equal 35 percent.

Project Process. The Corps conducts an initial appraisal early in the Feasibility Study to determine whether the project meets program criteria and provides a basis for determining scope and cost of an entire feasibility study. The solution must be economically feasible and environmentally acceptable. If an acceptable alternative is identified in the feasibility study, the Corps prepares plans and specifications, then manages construction of the project.


Study Cost

The Feasibility Study is 100 percent federally funded up to $100,000. Costs over the $100,000 are shared 50/50 with the non-federal sponsor.

Project Cost

Design and construction costs are 65 percent Federal / 35 percent non-Federal. 


How to Request Assistance. Requests for assistance should be in the form of a letter (see sample provided below) describing the location and nature of the problem and requesting assistance under the program. The request should be submitted by a state or local government agency to your local district planning chief



To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to seek the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under (Reference the authority under which assistance is requested and identify the type and location of the problem.)

(Briefly describe your perception of the nature and severity of the problem.)

(Briefly describe the known issues which would affect the acceptability of any recommended solutions, from the perspective of municipal and local governments, and/or the public.)

We are aware as local sponsor that we will assume costs for lands, easements, right-of-way, relocations and disposal areas (LERRD) and/or assume costs to demonstrate ownership of such.  We also will assume responsibility for any operation and maintenance of the project. Your consideration of this request will be appreciated.  Please contact (name, address, telephone, etc.) for further coordination.  

The [NAME OF AGENCY OR COMMUNITY] has designated [NAME OF LOCAL CONTACT AT AGENCY AND PHONE NUMBER] as the point of contact for this project.