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Flood Control Act of 1939

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Flood Control Act of 1939

Flood Control Act of 1939 (FCA 1939) Pub.L. 76–396 (ch. 699, 53 Stat. 1414), enacted on August 11, 1939 by the 76th Congress, is U.S. legislation that authorized construction of flood control projects across the United States.[1] The passage of FCA 1939, authorized the transfer of ownership of the local and state dams to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.[2]

Other effects

FCA 1939 ws instrumental in establishing the Federal policy of Cost-benefit analysis, the standard by which the government determines whether or not a project provides sufficient benefits to justify the cost of expending public funds. It specified the standard that "the benefits to whomever they accrue [be] in excess of the estimated costs.[3]

See also

Other flood control provisions enacted in 1939[4] can be found under:

  • the Omnibus Flood Control Act, which authorized 35 preliminary flood control surveys; declared the Pecos River, New Mexico, authorized for the purpose of controlling floods; and in other ways promoted the project of flood control.
  • the State-Justice-Commerce Appropriation Act (approved June 29), which authorized projects on the Rio Grande.
  • the Military Appropriation Act (approved April 26), which granted $305,188,584 for the civil functions of the War Department. The largest items here were $133,000,000 for general flood control work; $96,000,000 for the preservation and maintenance of existing river and harbor works; $39,000,000 for flood control along the Mississippi River and its tributaries and $24,774,924 for the Panama Canal and the Canal Zone.


  1. ^ By United StatesFederal Power ActGoogle book extract from the
  2. ^ Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Brief History
  3. ^ By George M. Guess, Paul G. FarnhamCases in Public Policy AnalysisGoogle book extract from
  4. ^ , 1939 in the United States"Encarta". Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 

External links

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Printable copies of legislation including this Act.
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