US Army Corps of Engineers
New Orleans District

Economics Branch

a. Conducts field investigations, collects, and analyzes data for computing damages due to individual flood occurrences and those losses resulting on an average annual basis. Evaluates flood control, hurricane protection, and major drainage benefits for completed, authorized and proposed projects. Prepares and establishes guidelines for pertinent reports in connection with individual stream river basin, and coastal area studies. Conducts complex socioeconomic studies in the field of water resources development. Studies, evaluates, and develops new analytical techniques for application to Corps programs and projects.

b. Serves as a Corps-wide center of navigation expertise for MVN and other districts. Makes navigation field investigations, collects pertinent data related to tonnages, destinations, and transportation rates, projects future waterway movements, and prepares and establishes guidelines for complete economic analyses of all river and harbor projects, including those in the reporting, planning, and design state, and those completed and in operation. Conducts complex socioeconomic studies in the field of water resources development. Studies, evaluates, and develops new analytical techniques for application to Corps programs and projects.

c. Establishes guidelines for conducting regional and base economic studies. Makes field investigations and collects historical data of record for pertinent economic indicators to be used in economic base studies relating future needs for water resources projects and land use. Identifies, measures, and forecasts the social, physical, geographical, and other technological factors relevant to past, present, and future development within the areas under study. Conducts complex socioeconomic studies in the field of water resources development. Studies, evaluates and develops new analytical techniques for application to Corps programs and projects.

d. Conducts field investigations, collects, and analyzes data for determining annual damages such as losses related to recreational and commercial fisheries, flood control, and real property resulting from wetland loss and streambank, beach, and shoreline erosion. Estimates benefits realized by completed, authorized, and proposed protective works.

e. Identifies and measures flood control, drainage, navigation, and water supply needs as related to various objectives, and the future output of completed projects, for use in the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System. Provides economic data to the Testifying Office for use in congressional hearings.

f. Determines employment and other secondary benefits attributable to all water resources projects. Makes cost allocations for multiple-purpose projects, distributing project costs equitably among the purposes served. Makes cost-sharing allocations to determine increments of Federal and non-Federal participation and makes ability-to-pay and repayment determinations.

g. Appraises the needs and benefits of providing adequate water supplies for various municipal, industrial, and agricultural purposes.

h. Acquires and provides historical flood information in support of flood plain management programs.

i. Conducts field investigations and collects and analyzes data for determining flood insurance rates for the Federal Insurance Administration.

j. Serves as COR for contracts for services of consultants or specialized experts engaged in work in connection with economic and social analysis activities.

k. Provides technical assistance on economic and social analysis matters to other District elements as required. Serves as senior district technical expert with respect to matters of economic and social analysis.

1. Prepares economic and socioeconomic data for inclusion in project environmental impact statements, mitigation plans, as well as permit assessments. Performs market and demand analyses, and other assessments to ascertain public need for various private proposals in conjunction with the regulatory process.

m. Conducts financial analyses and evaluations of local sponsors with regard to ability to pay the non-Federal share of project construction costs.

General Water Resources Section

a. Conducts field investigations, collects, and analyzes data for computing damages due to individual flood occurrences and those losses resulting on an average annual basis. Evaluates flood control, hurricane protection, and major drainage benefits for completed, authorized and proposed projects. Prepares and establishes guidelines for pertinent reports in connection with individual stream river basin, and coastal area studies. Conducts complex socioeconomic studies in the field of water resources development. Studies, evaluates, and develops new analytical techniques for application to Corps programs and projects.

b. Establishes guidelines for conduct of regional and base economic studies. Makes field investigations and collects historical data of record for pertinent economic indicators to be used in economic base studies relating future needs for water resources projects and land use. Identifies, measures, and forecasts the social, physical, geographical, and other technological factors relevant to past, present, and future development within the areas under study. Conducts complex socioeconomic studies in the field of water resources development. Studies, evaluates and develops new analytical techniques for application to Corps programs and projects.

c. Conducts field investigations, collects, and analyzes data for determining annual damages such as losses related to recreational and commercial fisheries, flood control, and real property resulting from wetland loss and streambank, beach, and shoreline erosion. Estimates benefits realized by completed, authorized, and proposed protective works.

d. Identifies and measures flood control, drainage, and water supply needs as related to various objectives, and the future output of completed projects, for use in the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System. Provides economic data to the Testifying Office for use in congressional hearings.

e. Determines employment and other secondary benefits attributable to all water resources project. Makes cost allocation for multiple-purpose projects, distributing project costs equitably amount the purposes served. Makes cost-sharing allocations to determine increments of Federal and non-Federal participation and makes ability-to-pay and repayment determinations.

f. Appraises the needs and benefits of providing adequate water supplies for various municipal, industrial, and agricultural purposes.

g. Acquires and provides historical flood information in support of flood plain management programs.

h. Conducts field investigations and collects and analyzes data for determining flood insurance rates for the Federal Insurance Administration.

i. Acts as COR for contracts for services of consultants or specialized experts engaged in work, in connection with economic and social analysis activities.

j. Provides technical assistance on economic and social analysis matters to other District elements as required.

k. Prepares economic and socioeconomic data for inclusion in project environmental impact statements, mitigation plans, as well as permit assessments. Performs market and demand analyses, and other assessments to ascertain public need for various private proposals in conjunction with the regulatory process.

1. Conducts financial analyses and evaluations of local sponsors with regard to ability to pay the non-Federal share of project construction costs. 

The General Water Resources Section frequently utilizes statistical relationships between the depth of flooding to a structure and the percentage of the structure's value that is damaged. Also used are ratios of the value of contents for a structure to the total value of that structure. These data are used to compute expected flood damages over a given period of analysis. Because considerable resources have been required to develop highly specific relationships for a wide variety of structures and flood characteristics, the results of specific studies have generated considerable interest among government agencies and academic institutions. For the benefit of individual researchers and the general public, copies of the full reports are provided in the links below:

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Navigation Support Center

a. Serves as a Corps-wide center of navigation expertise for MVN and other districts. Makes navigation field investigations, collects pertinent data related to tonnages, destinations. and transportation rates, projects future waterway movements, and prepares and establishes guidelines for complete economic analyses of all river and harbor projects, including those in the reporting, planning, and design state, and those completed and in operation. Conducts complex socioeconomic studies in the field of water resources development. Studies, evaluates, and develops new analytical techniques for application to Corps programs and projects.

b. Establishes guidelines for conduct of regional and base economic studies. Makes field investigations and collects historical data of record for pertinent economic indicators to be used in economic base studies relating future needs for water resources projects and land use. Identifies, measures, and forecasts the social, physical, geographical, and other technological factors relevant to past, present, and future development within the areas under study. Conducts complex socioeconomic studies in the field of water resource development. Studies, evaluates and develops new analytical techniques for application to Corps programs and projects.

c. Identifies and measures navigation needs as related to various objectives, and the future output of completed projects, for use in the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System. Provides economic data to the Testifying Office for use in congressional hearings.

d. Determines employment and other secondary benefits attributable to all water resources project. Makes cost allocations for multiple-purpose projects, distributing project costs equitably among the purposes served. Makes cost-sharing allocations to determine increments of Federal and Non-Federal participation and makes ability-to-pay and repayment determinations.

e. Acts as COR for contracts for services of consultants or specialized experts engaged in work in connection with economic and social analysis activities.

f. Provides economic and socioeconomic data for inclusion in project environmental impact statements, mitigation plans, as well as permit assessments. Performs market and demand analyses, and other assessments to ascertain public need for various private proposals in conjunction with the regulatory process.

9. Conducts financial analyses and evaluations of local sponsors with regard to ability to pay the non-Federal share of project construction costs.