Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires Federal Agencies to consider the effects of their actions on "historic properties", which are the physical traces of our nation's history considered to be "significant". When a historic property is negatively affected by a federal action, agencies must develop management strategies to protect the property or to mitigate for those effects.
In order to effectively manage historic properties, the FCRPS Cultural Resource Program (Program) was created in 1997 as a jointly-administered effort overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration to address NHPA section 106 compliance. Work is guided by a programmatic agreement for management of historic properties affected by the operation and maintenance of the FCRPS.
The Program is also a partnership with state, tribal, and federal technical staffs that participate in Cultural Resource Cooperating Groups. Together, specialists in Columbia River Plateau archaeology and cultural resources share information and develop creative solutions in the management of cultural resources within the FCRPS.
Program Status as of October 2020
- 14 dams and reservoirs
- 659,000 total acreage for all projects
- 23 program participants including 10 federally recognized Native American tribes
- 4,619 archaeological sites and historic structures documented
- 784 traditional cultural properties documented
- 200-400 sites monitored for their condition annually