Sample Section 208 Request Letter

Published Sept. 3, 2012

To request assistance under Section 208, use the sample letter below to provide a written request to the Corps' Omaha District.


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District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
ATTN: Planning, Programs and Project Management Division, Planning Branch
1616 Capitol Avenue
Omaha, Nebraska 68102-4901


Dear Sir or Madam:

We have identified a [type of problem] problem at [location]. [Provide a brief description of the problem.] We are requesting assistance from the Corps of Engineers to investigate the problem under its Clearing and Snagging Program (Section 208 of the 1954 Flood Control Act, as amended).

We understand that the Corps of Engineers will initially investigate the problem to determine whether it meets the requirements for federal participation. We understand the feasibility study costs in excess of the first $100,000 are cost shared at 50 percent federal and 50 percent non-federal. We also understand that project implementation costs are cost shared at 65 percent federal and 35 percent non-federal.

Please contact [name, address, telephone] to discuss our eligibility in this program.


[Name and title]