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Planning is a structured, rational approach to solving problems that requires experience, analysis, intuition, inspiration and collaboration. Planners help decision makers identify problems, develop solutions, and consider the importance of the conflicting values inherent in any solution.
Planning plays a vital role in supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' civil works water resources development mission in the Pittsburgh District. Members of a Corps planning team are professionals with expertise in water resources planning, including plan formulation, environmental evaluation, cultural resources evaluation, Civil Works policy, and public involvement.
In addition to possessing knowledge, skills and insights, Corps planners seek input from the public (homeowners, businesses, environmental advocates, Native American Tribes and interest groups) and agencies (federal, state, regional and local) to arrive at a solution for a water resource issue. Examples of water resource issues include flooding, degraded ecosystems, streambank erosion and stormwater management.
The Pittsburgh District can assist local communities with large or small water resource issues.