Webinar presented by David Leach, PE, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Project Planning and Review
Registration closes on Monday, October 19. Click HERE to register.
The Civil Works Program of the Army Corps of Engineers focuses on responsible development, protection and restoration of the Nation’s water and related land resources. Civil Works projects are implemented and operated for commercial navigation, flood risk management, environmental restoration, hydroelectric power, recreation, and municipal and industrial water supply. In addition to these direct Federal investments, the Civil Works Program includes an important regulatory mission whereby the Corps regulates construction in navigable waters and the deposition of dredged and fill material in waters of the United States, including wetlands.
The Civil Works Program also includes disaster preparedness response and recovery missions, under the Corps own authority (Public Law 84-99). In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated the Corps as the lead agent for public works and engineering in support of FEMA’s Federal Response Framework (Public Law 93-288).
For this presentation, David Leach will present on the Water Resource Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). He will discuss the WRDA history, legislative process, and current status of WRDA 2020. Additionally, he will describe the role of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works in the WRDA legislative process, the policy review of water resource projects, the recommendations to Congress, and the development of implementation guidance. There will be opportunity for questions at the conclusion of the presentation.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
WHERE: Online webinar.
FEE: Registration (members, non-members, life members, students): $5.
One (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH) will be awarded for attendance.
About the Speaker David Leach, P.E. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Project Planning and Review) Mr. David Leach serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works on the planning and review of water resources projects across the nation. He is responsible for evaluating U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects which encompass navigation, flood risk management, environmental restoration, water supply, hydropower, and recreation.
Previously, he served as the Chief of Military Programs Integration Division, HQUSACE, responsible for the execution of worldwide military programs and the integration of engineering, construction, real estate, and environmental activities in support of Department of Defense, Federal agencies and foreign nations. Mr. Leach entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2011 and was appointed as the Director of Programs for the North Atlantic Division, USACE. He was responsible for military, civil works, interagency and international programs throughout the Northeast United States, Europe, Africa and Israel.
Mr. Leach joined the Department of the Army in 1985, working with the Corps. He served as the Chief of the Military Integration Division at Corps Headquarters from 2016 to 2017. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Leach served as the Programs Director for the Corps’ North Atlantic Division. While with the Corps, Mr. Leach also served as the Chief of Interagency, International and Environmental Programs in the North Atlantic Division; the Deputy Director of Programs and Business Management and the Director of Capacity Development, Project and Contracting Office in the Corps’ Gulf Region Division in Baghdad, Iraq; and worked in the New York District, Philadelphia District, Europe District, and worked in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia while with the Corps’ Trans Atlantic Division. Mr. Leach also worked for seven years with the US Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Leach received a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and attended the Army Management Staff College. He holds a Facilities Engineering Level III Certification; a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act, Contracting Level III Certification, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.