Planning and Environmental Branch
Honorable Robert C. Byrd
United States Senate
311 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Byrd:
This is in response to your letter of July 14, 2006 concerning the request from Mr. Donald C. Strimbeck, Secretary of the Upper Monongahela River Association, for member fact sheets for the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny Rivers.
Mr. Strimbeck's request relates to the budget formulation process. Corps field office participation in this process is guided by the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters memorandum enclosed with this letter. Member fact sheets, when they are prepared upon requests received from Members of Congress for extraordinary repairs or modifications of project features, are considered to be "process information", and not intended for public release, for the reasons stated in the memorandum. Member fact sheets are not ordinarily prepared for ongoing Operations and Maintenance funded activities on the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny Rivers. Information on these projects is publicly available on the Pittsburgh District's internet web site at http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil.
Mr. Strimbeck is commended for his interest in our management of the inland waterways navigation facilities. He may choose to advocate with Members of Congress on behalf of the Upper Monongahela River Association for increases in funding that will better satisfy the requirements of recreational boaters. With respect to the Corps of Engineers budget formulation process, the release of the President's budget to Congress is when proposed funding levels for the projects become publicly available.