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Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

The program aims to protect lives and reduce damages resulting from hurricanes and storms. The Army Corps of Engineers partners with coastal communities to share the cost of placing sand on beaches or building structures such as jetties or groins. Most projects involve regular, recurring sand placement for up to 50 years.


What This Rating Means

Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • The program lacks necessary information on its success in reducing damages from hurricanes and storms in communities where the Corps has built projects or placed sand on beaches. Additional funding may be needed to collect such performance information for completed projects. At this time only anecdotal evidence is available on the program's success.
  • The Administration does not support Federal funding for long-term beach renourishment (for up to 50 years); it supports a scaled back Federal role instead. The Administration supports Federal funding for the initial placement of sand on beaches after which states and local communities would finance the long-term, periodic beach renourishment.
  • Greater coordination may be needed between the Army Corps of Engineers and other Federal, state and local entities to help prevent unwise future development in coastal communities, including those where the Corps has partnered to provide long-term beach renourishment.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Collecting information on the economic and other benefits from completed projects that have reduced hurricane and storm damages. Additional funding may be needed for this data collection effort.
  • Proposing funds in the budget for the initial sand placement, and long-term renourishment only if it is necessary to mitigate the impacts of operating and maintaining a Federal navigation project.
  • Conducting two pilot projects to promote improved coordination among Federal and non-Federal programs that address damages from floods, storms and hurricanes.

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