The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has real estate interests over lands for various purposes, including operations and maintenance of its navigation and flood risk management projects. These interests include fee ownership, perpetual easements, navigational servitude, rights-of-way, etc.
Non-federal entities often wish to gain access to these lands for various purposes. Some examples of these non-federal uses include: installation of temporary structures, staging areas for non-federal projects, installation of pipelines, disposal of dredged material, agricultural and recreational uses, etc.
In order to allow non-federal entities to use these properties, USACE will issue an Outgrant. An Outgrant is a written, legal document that authorizes the right to use real property managed by the USACE and establishes the timeframe, consideration, conditions and restrictions of its use.
Coordination with the Galveston District is required in order to use these lands. Depending on the scope and location of the non-federal project, coordination with one, or all, of the following Galveston District offices may be required: Regulatory Division, Real Estate Division and/or Operations Division.