The comment period on the draft Engineering Circular (EC) for implementing EO 11988 (now revoked) closed on May 1, 2017. Approximately 250 comments were received, which were reviewed for the purpose of considering revisions to the draft EC prior to finalizing and implementing the document.
USACE extended the deadline for public comments on the draft EC for implementing EO 11988 from 30 January 2017 to 1 May 2017. This extension was offered in response to several requests as well as in recognition of the difficulty in compiling comments over the holiday season, the level of complexity and uncertainty around some of the changes in process being considered, and uncertainty due to the recent change in Administration.
USACE sought feedback from partners, other government and non-government stakeholders, Tribes, and members of the general public on the proposed draft guidance that has been developed. A notice was placed in the Federal Register to announce the availability of the draft Engineer Circular (EC). A fact sheet was also released to provide additional information and details.
USACE requested assistance in the form of data, comments, literature references, or field experiences, to help clarify the policy requirements for implementing EO 11988 and EO 13690 for agency activities. A draft EC was made available for review. An Executive Summary of the draft EC was also made available on the website to provide a high-level overview of the document and summary of the more substantial changes since the original 1984 ER. Additionally, a list of topics and issues for which feedback was thought to have been especially helpful was posted for reviewers' consideration. While USACE welcomed any and all feedback on the draft EC, feedback responding to the list of identified topics and issues was particularly helpful to USACE in clarifying areas requiring new policy or practice. The most useful comments were from specific experiences and case examples. Commenters were encouraged to use their knowledge of working with USACE on various types of federal actions as well as their understanding of EO 11988 and EO 13690. When comments were made on specific sections of the document, USACE requested that commenters identify the relevant page and line numbers to which the comment applied.
All comments, literature citations, experiential references, data, other relevant reports, and input in response to the guiding topics and issues were accepted through email, or through the postal service. All comments submitted by May 1, 2017 were compiled and sent to the PDT for their consideration. Comments were able to be addressed to:
Include "Implementation Comments" in the subject line of the message
HQ, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20314-1000
Given the many questions and concerns that have been raised since the issuance of EO 13690 regarding the Climate-informed Science Approach, USACE provided the following additional guidance to assist reviewers in understanding its current climate-informed analysis approaches.
- ECB 2016-25 – Guidance for Incorporating Climate Change Impacts to Inland Hydrology in Civil Works Studies, Designs, and Projects
- ETL 1100-2-1 – Procedures to Evaluate Sea Level Change: Impacts, Responses, and Adaptation
- ER 1100-2-8162 – Incorporating Sea Level Change in Civil Works Programs
- Sea Level Change Curve Calculator
- Additional tools for evaluating and considering climate change in both riverine and coastal environments were available at the Climate Preparedness and Resilience COP Applications Portal