Rivers and Harbors Act of 1965

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For other versions of the Rivers and Harbors Act, see Rivers and Harbors Act.

The Rivers and Harbors Act of 1965, Title III of Pub.L. 89–298, was enacted October 27, 1965, by the 89th United States Congress.[1] The act authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design and construct numerous navigation and beach erosion projects.

The Flood Control Act of 1965 was also part of Pub.L. 89–298 (Title II).


Sec 305 of the Act authorized 46 navigation projects in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Beach erosion[edit]

The Act authorized 9 beach erosion projects in Rhode Island, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, and Hawaii.


The Act authorized surveys of 19 rivers and bodies of water, including the Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Chesapeake Bay[edit]

The Act authorized a complete investigation by the Corps of Engineers of the Chesapeake Bay basin in all aspects, to include navigation, fisheries, flood control, aquatic plants, water quality, water supply, beach erosion, and recreation.

Modification of other acts[edit]

See also[edit]

each of which deal with water resource issues.


  1. ^ "Public Law 89-298: Rivers and Harbors Act" (PDF). Congressional Record. October 27, 1965. Retrieved 2014-12-10.