›› The Bureau of Reclamation is exploring a program alternative for Section 106 review of water distribution systems (e.g. canals and ditches, culverts, and drainage systems) to reduce repetition, cost, and time associated with Section 106 reviews for repair, maintenance, upgrade, and re-alignment of components of these systems; and focus preservation efforts on documenting the unique features and systems in most need of further recordation, protection, and interpretation. The program alternative will also facilitate the implementation of programs enacted to reduce water waste and increase water use efficiency.
SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS TO HELP MANAGE HISTORIC PROPERTIES
The ACHP continues to see the use of partnerships to manage historic properties trending upwards. As in the 2017 progress reports, federal agencies are increasingly receptive to, and entering into, preservation partnerships to manage historic properties. These may be with another federal agency or with state or local governments, Indian tribes and NHOs, or private organizations. Some are short term for a specific resource, while others result in long-term protection or management relationships. Working to be better stewards with limited financial and personnel resources is the reason agencies most often cite for establishing these arrangements. It continues to be clear that federal agency partnerships with others are critical to resource protection and must be fostered and encouraged. Such partnerships are especially important for agencies lacking specific kinds of expertise or stewardship capacity.
›› The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered into several different partnerships:
• The San Francisco District has partnered with Sonoma County and the Dry Creek Pomo Tribe to monitor construction of the Dry Creek Restoration Project. Public outreach included mentoring of younger tribal members in the identification of traditional cultural resources. • The Mobile District partners with state and federal law enforcement to investigate Archaeological Resources Protection Act violations within the District’s fee-owned land. The current program has focused on Mississippi, but is looking to expand to the District’s lands in Alabama and Georgia. ›› The Maritime Administration entered into an Interagency Agreement with the USACE, Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, to complete a manual regarding property maintenance and repair for buildings at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, (Kings Point, New York).
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