Environmental Quality


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts strive to achieve sustainability while providing a full range of Environmental Quality (compliance, conservation and pollution prevention) support to military installations throughout the world; seeking ways and means to assess and integrate natural resource laws, values, and sound environmental practices. A Corps' district project manager is fully empowered to coordinate EQ compliance and stewardship initiatives in support of installation activities. Corps personnel provide support in National Environmental Policy Act documentation, Base Realignment and Closure Act environmental initiatives, resource management plans, low impact development, invasive species management and in all military conservation, compliance, and pollution prevention efforts. USACE technical and project management support sound environmental stewardship.

HOUSTON - Al Meyer, a project engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, holds a European Barn Owl during a visit to a dredge placement area in the Houston Ship Channel to review the bird abatement program which began March 6. The barn owl is one of nearly a dozen birds used in this innovative and environmentally sensitive effort to temporarily deter migratory birds from nesting in the project site until the construction phase concludes this summer. Meyer serves as the lead engineer in charge of the Houston Galveston Navigation Channel Multiple Site Repairs.

Updated Principles and Guidelines

The Principles and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies are the rules that govern how federal agencies evaluate proposed water resource development projects. 

Federal water planning has been guided by a process that has remained largely unchanged for over 25 years. The first set of "Principles and Standards" was issued in September 1973 to guide the preparation of river basin plans and to evaluate federal water projects.  Following a few attempts to revise those initial standards, the current principles and guidelines went into effect in March 1983.  Find out more about the revised principles and standards which include a number of important changes that modernize the current approach to water resources development in this country.