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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What’s in WRRDA 2014 and the Status of Federal Appropriations

Judy DesHarnais
Deputy for Programs and Project Management
US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District


The President signed the Water Resource Reform Development Act (WRRDA) 2014 into law June 10, 2014.  The new law has many important changes for the Corps and more specifically, there are several parts that are important to the St. Paul District. 

Within the St Paul District, the new law authorizes:

  • the Fargo, N.D., Moorhead, Minn., flood risk reduction project;
  • the completion of the Roseau, Minn., flood risk reduction project;
  • an environmental restoration project at Marsh Lake, near Ortonville, Minn.;
  • the closure of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam within one year; and
  • other policy issues that affect our Nations Water Resource Development

Judy's presentation will highlight the significance of the passage of WRRDA, and highlight some of the appropriations issues that impact the Corps of Engineers and the St. Paul District.  

Speaker Bio:  

Judith L.A. DesHarnais (Judy) was selected as the St. Paul District’s deputy for Programs and Project Management in March 2001.  She was also responsible for Planning until 2010 when it was realigned across the region.

DesHarnais has served as project manager for the Devils Lake Project and chief of the hazardous toxic radiological waste section within the Engineering and Planning Division.  She has been a structural engineer, project engineer, engineer manager, technical manager and study manager for projects throughout the district.  From September 1999 through March 2001, she served as chief of the Project Management Branch.  During the periods of January to July 2001 and February to August 1998, she served as the acting deputy district engineer.  Additionally, from July to October 2006, she served as the acting commander of the St. Paul District.

She is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers.  She has received numerous personal awards and project awards, including the Chief of Engineers’ Award of Excellence for Civil Works in 1996 and 1998.  

Meeting Schedule and Logistics:

  • Social time and lunch (if you so desire) will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the dining room of the Officers Club.
  • The Club’s cafeteria-style lunches are typically $10.00 or less; people who partake in the cafeteria-style lunch will pay the Officers Club directly.  If you come only for the presentations, there is no charge. 
  • Post Meeting and Presentation will be from 12:30 PM to about 1:15 PM in the ballroom of the Officers Club.
  • No-PDH for this Presentation.



Please RSVP with your intent to either partake in the cafeteria-style lunch or to come for the presentation only; this will help the Officers Club staff to ensure that an adequate amount of food is prepared.  Either leave a voice mail message with Michelle Larson at 651-290-5632, or click the RSVP button in the left-hand column, or send an email message to


Meeting Location: 

Fort Snelling Officer's Club near Post Road.  See map at: