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Contract awards come fast and furious as fiscal year 2016 wraps up

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District moved into high gear, awarding 179 contracts worth more than $122 million in September to close out the fiscal year. Overall in FY 2016, the Sacramento District awarded 849 actions worth more than $404 million, including $258.5 million for military construction projects.
Published: 10/6/2016

Corps awards $5.6 million contract for Hill Air Force Base flight simulator

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $5.6 million construction contract on August 24 to small business Provo Wasatch JV, LLC of Orem, Utah, for the second phase of construction of an F-35 Flight Simulator at Hill Air Force Base.
Published: 8/29/2016

Corps awards $81 million for Common Mission Control Center at Beale AFB

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded an $81 million contract Sept. 18 to Walsh Federal JV of Chicago for construction of the Common Mission Control Center at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, California.
Published: 9/28/2015

Army Corps awards $3.2 million for MOTCO engineering, maintenance shop

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $3.2 million contract Sept. 18 to Federal Solutions Group, Inc. of Dublin to construct an engineering and housing maintenance shop at Military Ocean Terminal Concord, better known as MOTCO.
Published: 9/19/2014

Army Corps awards $32.9 million contract for new Defense Logistics Agency distribution center

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $32.9 million contract Sept. 5 to Gilbane Federal of Walnut Creek to build a general purpose warehouse for the Defense Logistics Agency at the Defense Distribution Depot in Tracy.
Published: 9/10/2014

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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) considers its levee vegetation management standards critical to flood risk reduction project performance and reliability, and most importantly, life safety. These standards include a minimum 15-foot vegetation-free-zone, its primary purpose to provide critical accessibility for safety inspections, operation and maintenance, and floodfighting. USACE recognizes carrying out its responsibility for life safety through the operation and maintenance of structurally-sound levee systems requires the agency to address environmental and natural resource needs and the rights and interests of Tribal Nations through compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and treaties. For these situations, a levee sponsor, to include USACE, may request a vegetation variance to implement alternative vegetation management standards for a levee or portion of a levee as long as structural integrity and functionality of the levee are retained.

In August 2009, USACE began revising its existing vegetation variance request process, issued in 2001, to reflect changes in the organization and to foster greater consistency. The main revisions included,

  • Variance requests will be considered on an individual levee system basis to account for site-specific levee and natural resource conditions.
  • Variance requests must meet specific technical requirements.
  • A technical review requirement and final approval by USACE Headquarters to ensure national consistency in approaches and decision-making.
  • A corresponding vegetation management plan is required to ensure that vegetation retained on a levee will not increase risk over time from lack of attention.
  • Environmental compliance responsibilities were clarified to promote effective collaboration with federal and state natural resource agencies and Tribes.

USACE does not typically solicit formal public comments on internal agency policies, but because of levee sponsor interest regarding how changes to this vegetation variance request process may impact them, USACE solicited comments on the proposed revisions through the Federal Register (FR) from Feb. 9, 2010 to Apr. 26, 2010. For a summary of the public comments and USACE responses, please visit http://www.nfrmp.us/guidance.cfm.

USACE posted, for the second time, a revised draft vegetation variance request policy in Feb. 2012 in the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period. The revised draft policy reflects review and consideration of public comments; coordination with resource agencies at the national level; and synchronization with agency-wide approaches and policies implemented since the previous vegetation variance request policy issued in 2001. The key revisions between the 2010 draft and the current draft include clarification of responsibilities during the request process; clarification of technical requirements so the likelihood of obtaining an approved vegetation variance is identified early in the process; incorporation of language to ensure resource agencies and Tribal Nations are engaged throughout the process; and description of the overlap with the System-wide Improvement Framework policy.