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  • Hurricane Preparedness Starts at Home Before a Storm Strikes

    May 31, 2013

    The 2013 Central Pacific Hurricane season began June 1 in Hawaii. Are you and your family prepared for the potential arrival of a hurricane? Since 1955 Hawaii has been impacted by three major Hurricanes, Dot in 1959, Iwa in 1982 and Iniki in 1992. Numerous hurricanes have also tracked through the Central Pacific Ocean and close enough to the Hawaiian Islands in recent years to put a scare into everyone.

  • Corps implements recreational boating lockage policy

    May 30, 2013

    After receiving extensive input from the public, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District will implement a new program for recreational boaters on 11 of the 13 Arkansas locks along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

  • Albuquerque District Employees Discuss Dams, Water with Students at Water Festival

    May 30, 2013

    TRINIDAD, Colo., -- Employees from the Albuquerque Districts' Trinidad Lake Recreation Area joined more than 40 presenters at the second annual Water Festival at Trinidad State Junior College, May 16, 2013.

  • USACE Galveston District proposes changes to GIWW permit setback policy; seeks public input

    May 30, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (May 30, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is seeking public input on proposed changes to its permit setback policy along the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway to specifically address the oversight of construction of structures and /or fill permits along the GIWW to increase safety and preserve the ability to maintain the waterway.

  • The Vicksburg District Prepares for 2013 Hurricane Season

    May 29, 2013

    Vicksburg, Miss -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecasts a "busy" hurricane season for 2013. NOAA states that higher than normal water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa will see an increase in the number and severity of hurricanes this season. Hurricane season begins 1 June and ends 30 November with the peak threat period starting in mid-August and going through October.

  • Sardis Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

    May 29, 2013

    Sardis, Miss… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District (Corps), the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and First Security Bank of Batesville, Mississippi are partnering to host the 25th annual Sardis Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo. It will be held 1 June 2013 at the Cypress Point Recreation Area. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the rodeo starting at 7:30 a.m.

  • Corps worker creates culture of learning in workplace

    May 29, 2013

    When Laura Stiegler came to the Engineering and Support Center-Huntsville in 1981, she had one goal in mind -- to learn all there was to know about contracting and build a great career. More than 32 years later, she said she has done both.

  • 3 Afghan National Police headquarters facilities now complete in Western Afghanistan

    May 28, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of three Afghan Uniform Police headquarters facilities in Western Afghanistan, well ahead of schedule.

  • Corps of Engineers begins post-Sandy comprehensive study of North Atlantic coast

    May 28, 2013

    As directed by Congress with the passage of the Disaster Relief Appropriation Act of 2013, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scientists and engineers launched a collaborative study, May 28, 2013, to determine how best to reduce flood and storm damage risks for people and communities along the North Atlantic coast.

  • College students trade books for boots during Corps wetlands exercise

    May 28, 2013

    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- What do you get when you combine 18 college students, 7 federal regulators, and a wetland? For students at Savannah State University, it was a chance to learn about the expertise needed to delineate and protect wetlands across the state of Georgia.

  • USACE Galveston District begins jetty repair work at South Padre Island, Texas

    May 28, 2013

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, began work on a $14.5 million jetty repair project at the entrance to the Brownsville Ship Channel with scheduled completion in 2014.

  • Flags In ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    May 23, 2013

    Tomb Sentinels honored America's fallen heroes with a " Flags In" ceremony, May 23.

  • Improving water quality: Corps biologist fights algae blooms at Salamonie

    May 23, 2013

    Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been plaguing the Salamonie Watershed in Northern Indiana since 2009, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District Water Quality Biologist Jade Young has been working for more than three years to combat the problem.

  • Three Sisters, One Corps of Engineers District

    May 23, 2013

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., -- When Albuquerque District Commander Lt. Col. Gant figuratively talks about District employees being like a family, Monika Sanchez and Michelle and Melissa Mann take her literally.

  • Students 'Discover Water' in Pueblo, Colo.

    May 23, 2013

    PUEBLO, Colo., -- Corps employees from John Martin Reservoir presented water safety classes to elementary school students attending the annual Discovering Water in Pueblo event May 7, 2013, at the Colorado State University - Pueblo campus.

  • Memorial Day: The Surrender of Soldiers to the Nation

    May 22, 2013

    Few people will challenge the significance of a Soldier's ultimate sacrifice. All men die, but for the sake of a higher cause the fallen Soldier's life is stripped away. Therefore it seems most people, and rightly so, consider fallen combatants worth honoring because of the untimely nature and violent condition of their deaths.

  • New STEM agreement strengthens USACE support of DODEA

    May 22, 2013

    STUTTGART, Germany -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general made a pitch to spur more interest in science, technology, engineering and math among American students during a visit May 14 to Patch High School.

  • USACE Galveston District stresses water safety awareness prior to busy Memorial Day holiday

    May 22, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is gearing up for a busy Memorial Day holiday along the Texas coast by stressing water safety awareness to all those who will enjoy outdoor activities this extended weekend.

  • All-In: Army Engineers unite in solving global military engineering issues

    May 21, 2013

    In one of the most momentous occasions in the history of the United States Army Engineer Regiment, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's Engineer TEC-ASCC Planning Exercise (ENTAPE) has proactively brought all of the Army engineering components together to bridge capability gaps in an era of declining resources.

  • 80 Year old US Army Colonel and former Army Corps Inspector General not yet ready to fully retire.

    May 21, 2013

    At an age when most people live their days at home, enjoying their family, their grandchildren, and the life they have created, Col. Philip Hoge, U.S. Army (retired) , has chosen a different path. At the age of 80, Col Hoge is currently working full time for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), spearheading the agency's long-term recovery efforts in response to Super Storm Sandy. When he's not being tasked by FEMA to handle federal emergency response, he acts as a consultant to a number of other federal agencies and private companies.

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Engineer Planning Exercise (ENTAPE) comes to a close

    May 20, 2013

    The Engineer TEC-ASCC Planning Exercise (ENTAPE) hosted by the 412th Theater Engineer Command in Orlando, Fla. ended May 18, 2013, after three days of discussion and friendly debate.

  • DoDEA students learn the science behind the magic

    May 17, 2013

    For Brian Temple, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District public affairs chief, magic is a passion. On May 10, Temple integrated his hobby into his day job and taught students from Department of Defense Education Activity's Aukamm Elementary School about the science behind the magic as part of the district's science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, educational outreach program.

  • USACE-TVA 80-year partnership a definite plus for Cumberland, Tennessee Rivers Basin

    May 17, 2013

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2013) -- Although creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority by Congressional Act on May 18, 1933 relieved the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of most of its role in developing the economic potential of the Tennessee River and its tributaries, the Corps retained a development and operational role on the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $3.6 million contract to dredge Freeport Harbor channel

    May 17, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $3,600,200 to Mike Hooks Inc., for maintenance dredging of the Freeport inside channel and turning basins in Brazoria County, Texas.

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command hosts Engineer Planning Exercise Day Two

    May 17, 2013

  • Employee Spotlight: Reflecting on Hawaiian heritage, Corps employee shares her pride

    May 16, 2013

    Though born on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, Hawaii is home to this self-proclaimed "army brat." For Renee Sedlak, growing up and attending school during her father's three separate tours in the Aloha State enlightened her about her heritage.

  • STEM, career day at Carver Elementary

    May 16, 2013

    Outdoor Recreation Planner Chris Smith from the Little Rock District sits with pre-k and kindergarten students from Carver Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark., for the school's annual career day May 15. Smith visited with 125 students from pre-k to fifth grade telling them how cool her job is and how to pursue a career with the Corps in the future. "I've been with the Corps for 34 years, and I've been wearing this uniform the whole time, well ... not this exact uniform but one like it," Smith said to get a laugh from the students. Smith used her time to focus on water safety, while Public Affairs Specialist Jay Townsend talked about the district's past, present and how the students could be part of the Corps' future all while stressing the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Carver Magnet offers a full-range curriculum, with a focus on science and math that equips children at an early age with the academic and social skills to live in a technical world.

  • STEM, career day at Carver Elementary

    May 16, 2013

    Public Affairs Specialist Jay Townsend and Outdoor Recreation Planner Chris Smith from the Little Rock District demonstrate how not to wear a life jacket and how dangerous wearing one upside like a diaper could be if a swimmer became unconscious. "If he fell in the water with his life jacket on like this he would be upside down and could drown," Smith said. One of the very intelligent students from Carver promptly replied with, "Yeah, cause you can't breathe through your butt!" Smith and Townsend visited Carver Magnet Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark., for the school's annual career day May 15. Carver Magnet offers a full-range curriculum, with a focus on science and math that equips children at an early age with the academic and social skills to live in a technical world. The team spoke with 125 students from pre-k to fifth grade about the Corps' past, present and how the students could be part of the Corps' future all while stressing the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Bridge to success

    May 16, 2013

    Mike Biggs, Corps of Engineers Little Rock District's chief of reservoir control and students from Little Rock Christian Academy assemble a bridge kit on May 14. Before the kids built the bridge Biggs explained to them the importance of engineering to bridge building. The Corps recognizes the critical role that science, technology, engineering and mathematics education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leaders of the global marketplace

  • Q-and-A with Little Rock District's Water Safety Champion Russell Malahy

    May 16, 2013

    Official position: Natural resources specialist/SWL Water Safety Team chair Years with SWL: 3.5

  • Arkansas crappie fishing is lauded by

    May 16, 2013

    If you can believe a fisherman then here's a tale for you. We'll call them crappie in this story but they're known by many different names in Arkansas and southern Missouri: paper mouths, sacalait, slabs, specks and the large ones are called netters, the medium ones lifters and the small ones are called tater chips.

  • Burrowing owls get a helping hand from the Corps of Engineers and shareholders

    May 14, 2013

    In the middle of the busy city lies an area that appears to be designed specifically for burrowing owls to nest.

  • Corps continues STEM outreach through interactive program in Baltimore

    May 14, 2013

    More than 80 students from eight different counties throughout the State of Maryland -- some driving for more than three hours -- gathered in Baltimore, Md., to dissect a squid, investigate a crime scene, and compete in a windmill competition. What may seem as a day of simple games and experiments actually represents a critical step forward in furthering the awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

  • Corps Finishes Largest Humanitarian Assistance Project Ever Built in Cambodia

    May 14, 2013

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Preah Ang Duong High School on April 23 in Prey Veng City, Cambodia.

  • Two new Afghan National Police fire stations complete in Herat province

    May 13, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of two, new Afghan National Police fire stations in Herat province May 5, well ahead of schedule. The facilities, built by Afghan-owned and operated construction firms with oversight by the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, will serve as bases of operations for 25 ANP firefighters at each station.

  • Troopers in Alaska enlighten citizens with academy

    May 10, 2013

    The Alaska State Trooper Citizen Academy in Palmer started in 2012 to increase understanding and enhance awareness about the role of the troopers in the community.

  • Net Zero study earns national planning award

    May 9, 2013

    A U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern energy study for Sembach Kaserne has won an American Planning Association's Federal Planning Division award in the Outstanding Sustainable Planning, Design, or Development category.

  • Retired Marine enjoys being mom

    May 8, 2013

    Mother of seven keeps her faith

  • USACE LA District cleaning up FUDS in Kingman

    May 8, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District team is moving along with its clean-up work at the Formerly Used Defense Site just outside of Kingman, Ariz. which began Apr. 15. The work being done by the district and its contractor is part of the time-critical removal action for the range, which is referred to as Munitions Response Site 03 of the former Kingman Ground-to-Ground Gunnery Range.

  • Crooked Creek Lake participates in Bring Your Child to Work Day

    May 8, 2013

    April 25 was not like an ordinary day for one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District employee and his daugther. It was the day when she found out what her father does every workday.

  • ERDC Researchers Contribute to Historic Honor

    May 8, 2013

    A pair of researchers with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) have been recognized for their significant contributions to the Army's selection as a 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators Award.

  • Royal Engineers learn from U.S. Army; benefits for all

    May 7, 2013

    Royal Engineers Capt. Matthew Fry and Capt. Ben Hancock, arrived from the United Kingdom last year, filling the only two foreign officer slots in the entire U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a 16-month training with industry in order to earn their Professional Engineer (P.E.) license.

  • U.S.-Qatar Corps of Engineers discuss partnership, collaborative assistance

    May 7, 2013

    The Qatar Emiri Corps of Engineers plans to improve its organization, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in a good position to help.

  • USACE Galveston District wins 2013 Hermes Creative Gold Award

    May 7, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (May 7, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District was recognized with a Gold Award from the 2013 Hermes Creative Awards competition for its Corps Cares: Congressional Report.

  • USACE strikes deals with Afghan land owners

    May 6, 2013

    It was handshakes, signatures and smiles May 6, as nine rightful Afghan land owners and the government of the United States, via the Afghanistan Engineer District-South Real Estate Division, entered into leases for land currently being used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

  • Setting the stage to prepare cadets for combat

    May 6, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is constructing the first Urban Assault Course at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. This course will prepare cadets to perform combat missions in unfamiliar foreign communities.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $8.9 million contract to dredge Houston Ship Channel

    May 6, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (May 6, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract to Orion Marine Construction Inc., in the amount of $8,927,250 for maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel.

  • Army MATOC - First awards under $7 billion renewable energy contract

    May 6, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), today awarded the first of its kind Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) for the first technology under this contract to support renewable energy on Defense Department installations.

  • Former Soldier, contracting newcomer wins accolades

    May 4, 2013

    Maybe Tim Gevedon is a natural, or maybe he puts the same steadfast effort he applied to his 20-year career as a logistician in the Army to his new, civilian job in contracting. Whatever the case, he is excelling. In the span of just three years in contracting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gevedon has earned accolades and awards that some contracting professionals do not receive in a lifetime of service.

  • USACE leadership group hosts 'Take Your Child to Work Day'

    May 3, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Some Wiesbaden Middle School students saw what happens when military working dogs "attack" and also got a peek at engineer life recently during "Take Your Child to Work Day" at the Amelia Earhart Center.

  • Sign marks flood awareness initiative on third anniversary of May 2010 flood

    May 3, 2013

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 2, 2013) -- The commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District joined Nashville officials and representatives from other federal agencies today at England Park to draw attention to flood risk and awareness on the third anniversary of the May 2010 flood.

  • USACE Galveston District completes $39.9 million U.S. Border Patrol Station in Kingsville, Texas

    May 3, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District completed the $39.9 million design-build U.S. Border Patrol Station project in Kingsville, Texas, and will celebrate this milestone with the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector during a grand opening ceremony May 8, 2013.

  • Interagency Military Pass waives day-use fees at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation sites

    May 2, 2013

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today it will continue to accept the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program's Interagency Annual Pass for Military (Military Pass) at its more than 2,500 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide.

  • USACE Galveston District's public affairs team earns communication award

    May 2, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (May 2, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Sandra Arnold, APR+M, chief of the Public Affairs Office, and Deputy Public Affairs Chief Isidro Reyna, APR, were recognized with a first place USACE 2012 Locke L. Mouton Award for excellence in the category of Command Information. The award honors public affairs practitioners for superior achievement and promotes outstanding efforts in public affairs activities.

  • Corps of Engineers Cleans Up Waikiki Beach for Earth Day 2013

    May 2, 2013

    Volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the Waikiki Improvement Association, the Hale Koa Hotel and other concerned citizens to participate in the Waikiki Beach Clean-up on April 27 as part of Earth Day 2013.

  • USACE People: Corps project manager sets future conditions in Afghanistan

    May 1, 2013

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Over the course of four years, Robert Medlock has traveled to two separate combat zones to help set future conditions for local communities through his management of construction projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Iraq and Afghanistan. Medlock, a 10-year veteran of Jacksonville District, just returned from his second deployment with the Corps in February and is now incorporating new skill sets he acquired while overseas into his management of Everglades restoration projects in the district's Ecosystem Branch.

  • Army to focus on motorcycle safety in May

    May 1, 2013

    May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and while the nationwide campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges drivers to "share the road" with motorcyclists, Army officials are placing greater emphasis on personal responsibility while riding.

  • USACE Galveston District summer water safety campaign in full swing

    May 1, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Water Safety Team is gearing up to "strike out drowning" this summer as part of an aggressive community outreach and public information campaign to educate those who use its recreational facilities, to enhance the commitment of community leaders and stakeholders in executing its mission of promoting public safety and to reduce water-related public fatalities along the Texas coast.

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Kenneth Pablo

    May 1, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas - When Kenneth Pablo decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Technology to learn how to manage the flow of materials, oversee the transformation into finished goods and coordinate the delivery to the final buyer, he never dreamt he would be able to apply these skills to projects of national significance and play a part in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' mission of providing vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen the nation's security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.

  • Irigoyen named "Communicator of the Year" for STEM Program efforts

    May 1, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (May 1, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Eduardo Irigoyen, construction manager in the USACE Galveston District, was recognized as the USACE Ronald J. Ruffennach Communicator of the Year. The award recognizes a member of the USACE outside of the public affairs career field for his/her outstanding contributions in communicating the USACE missions and programs.

  • U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel is 2X the citizen

    May 1, 2013

    Over the course of nearly 30 years, U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Clifford A. Conklin has built a rock-solid Army Reserve and civilian career in engineering. He currently serves as the Helmand Area Office officer in charge with the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Corps begins repairs JFK Eternal Flame

    Apr 30, 2013

    Contractors began work Monday, April 29, on the burner of the President John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery, which has been lit since 1967.

  • Vehicle maintenance facility receives Silver Award in Massachusetts engineering competition

    Apr 30, 2013

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project received honors in an engineering competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts.

  • Corps plans to modernize military port's piers

    Apr 29, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Army is developing a plan to safely modernize the Military Ocean Terminal Concord -- or MOTCO -- and address environmental concerns, so the terminal would be able to safely and efficiently carry out its ammunition distribution mission for a long time.

  • Students 'geeked' about Earth Day

    Apr 26, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany- Earth Day, or "Green Day," as Wiesbaden Middle School student Jona Cardenas calls it, is a day to celebrate and honor the environment. On April 22, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District Environmental Branch colleagues Vanessa Pepi, Erika McCormick and Nicole Silva presented Earth Day topics to more than 200 students here.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $3.75 million small business contract for breakwater construction

    Apr 26, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a small business contract to Apollo Environmental Strategies Inc., in the amount of $3,750,050 to construct a rock containment perimeter at the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) adjacent to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Calhoun County, Texas.

  • USACE lauds Our Lands and Waters Foundation with national partnership award

    Apr 26, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently selected Our Lands and Waters Foundation as the 2012 Excellence in Partnerships Award winner. The national award recognizes outstanding contributions by a partner to the Corps Recreation and/or Environmental Stewardship programs.

  • Redstone Arsenal Victim Advocate Program team members visit Huntsville Center

    Apr 26, 2013

    The Army launched its official recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month April 5, with the announcement of a new theme, "We own it, we'll solve it, together," meant to convey how the service hopes to eradicate sexual assault within the ranks.

  • Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

    Apr 25, 2013

  • Going Green: Wind turbine installed on Fort Buchanan

    Apr 25, 2013

    The first of three 275-kilowatt wind turbines to be erected on Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, started producing energy April 19. The turbines are part of a 10-project energy and water reduction effort that, in addition to installing wind power generation, includes solar photovoltaic systems, and water conservation measures.

  • Army Corps helps support the Army Family through school construction

    Apr 25, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is renovating the historic middle school at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. This project continues West Point's commitment to educate the children of our service members.

  • Going Green: Sustainable coastal North Carolina tidal marsh still thriving after 16 years

    Apr 25, 2013

    In 1996 Wilmington District biologists and engineers, with help from other North Carolina resource agencies, designed and constructed a former dredged material disposal island to offset impacts from construction of the Army Reserve Center in Morehead City, and turned it into a thriving coastal tidal marsh. Sixteen years later the marsh is a sustainable ecosystem that has exceeded the Corps' goals and expectations

  • Sedimental journey: Olmsted team welcomes win-win wetsuit work

    Apr 25, 2013

    Army divers feeling their way through the murky Ohio River waters of an Olmsted lock culvert April 8 were on a recon mission with great potential. For the first time in the project's history Army divers were being used, and at a fraction of the cost for contract divers. At the same time, the divers were gaining useful experience and ensuring their qualifications remain current.

  • USACE employee with physical disability earns flight scholarship

    Apr 25, 2013

    A Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee is one step closer to his dream of obtaining a pilots' certificate after receiving a scholarship to attend flight training at Purdue University on May 19. Dennis Akins, who is paralyzed from the chest down resulting from a trampoline accident at 14, will train in a Sky Arrow 600, a light sport aircraft that is specifically designed with adaptations for hand controls to meet his special needs.

  • Mitigation plantings in harsh North Texas climate challenge US Army Corps of Engineers team

    Apr 25, 2013

    Last month the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was removing Trinity River bottomland trees and brush at the foot of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge to reduce flood risk in the city. Woody plants on the 4.7-acre parcel were ground into mulch and hauled away. At the very same time and several miles downstream, a Corps of Engineers team infused by Texas college students was doing just the opposite. They were helping upgrade habitat by planting new Texas native trees, shrubs and vines to offset the loss. This is how the mitigation process works under the National Environmental Policy Act within the Dallas Floodway Extension Project. It is part of the Corps' environmental stewardship mission.

  • Flash Training: Train the Teachers

    Apr 24, 2013

    There's an old Chinese proverb, "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This was the idea behind the Buffalo District's "Flash Training" for the teachers of Mullen Elementary School, Tonawanda, NY, on Thursday April 18, 2013.

  • Going Green: "Landfarming" sustainably cleans soil at nation's largest Army Reserve post

    Apr 24, 2013

    At Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using sunlight to sustainably clean contaminated soil at a former fueling site on the nation's largest U.S. Army Reserve installation.

  • Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard urges boaters to stay off flooded rivers

    Apr 24, 2013

    The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are urging recreational boaters to avoid going out on the water.

  • Engineering innovation: Olmsted outside envelope placing concrete in congested shells

    Apr 23, 2013

    The "warm joint," in tandem with the application of self-consolidating concrete, gave the Olmsted team the time to beat the rising Ohio River by making placement in a tainter-gate pier in 72 hours rather than 44 or more days.

  • Officials say Lake Cumberland on the rise with barrier wall complete

    Apr 23, 2013

    RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (April 19, 2013) -- During a completion ceremony today in the Russell Springs Auditorium and Natatorium, a live feed of the last concrete placement on the work platform at Wolf Creek Dam drew applause from dignitaries, stakeholders and citizens in attendance.

  • Army Corps' New York Harbor Deepening Project Provides Environmental and Economic Benefits

    Apr 23, 2013

    The Harbor Deepening Project being accomplished by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involves deepening 38 miles of shipping channels in the New York and New Jersey Harbor to bring them to a safe depth of 50 feet.

  • Housing Planning and Response Team members complete Level 2 certification training

    Apr 23, 2013

    Six members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center Huntsville's Housing Planning and Response Team recently completed Level 2 Certification training, making them eligible to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to a disaster.

  • Going Green: Corps builds largest induction solar wall in the country

    Apr 23, 2013

    As the sun beats down on one of the biggest buildings in the country, solar thermal collectors go to work providing enough heat for a 1.7 million square foot warehouse.

  • USACE Galveston District completes maintenance dredging of Houston Ship Channel barge lanes

    Apr 22, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District completed maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel barge lanes between Bayport and Morgan's Point to relieve a critical navigation hazard caused by shoaling in the busy waterway.

  • Construction underway of ANA brigade compound in Zhari district

    Apr 20, 2013

    Construction of the future home of the 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps Afghan National Army is underway in the Zhari district in Kandahar province. Once complete, the installation will accommodate 6,000 personnel.

  • Going Green: Corps of Engineers urges to call before you fill!

    Apr 19, 2013

    With construction season here, it is crucial to remind landowners to call before filling. Many landowners do not realize the importance of wetlands or that they may exist on their properties. Protecting streams, lakes and wetlands is critical due to their role in preventing flooding, improving water quality, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as the extensive recreational value they provide to the public.

  • Going Green: District powers debris-removal vessel with biofuel

    Apr 18, 2013

    Soybeans are helping power a debris-removal vessel operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District.

  • Army Corps civilian builds up Wounded Warriors with sled hockey program

    Apr 18, 2013

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civilian creates a sled hockey program for wounded warriors at Fort Drum, N.Y.

  • Progress continues on construction of Kandahar ANCOP compounds

    Apr 16, 2013

    Progress continues on construction of an Afghan National Civil Order Police Patrol Battalion compound and an adjacent Provincial Response Company compound in Kandahar province. The ANCOP play a vital role in supporting the security and stability of Afghanistan and is the most respected and advanced police force among the multiple forces that comprise the Afghan National Police. Once complete, the battalion compound will accommodate 500 police officers and the company compound will accommodate 125 personnel.

  • Earthquake specialist shares insight about California's next big one

    Apr 16, 2013

    California seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones spoke to Los Angeles District employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers April 15. Jones is the U.S. Geological Survey's Science Advisor for Risk Reduction.

  • Hand-me-down bonanza: Used government equipment saves millions

    Apr 15, 2013

    When an Army Corps of Engineers' construction project as big and complex as the Olmsted Locks and Dam is on the receiving end for excess government property, the savings to tax payers is huge. Not to mention the benefit to the environment when boats and cranes and barges are refurbished and recycled rather than built from scratch. Read how a retired Army logistician is applying his skills as a property administrator on the banks of lower Ohio River.

  • Going Green: Army Corps unveils new master plan for oyster recovery

    Apr 15, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and other key stakeholders, developed the Native Oyster Restoration Master Plan to identify large-scale, concentrated oyster restoration throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

  • Skiing Shrinks Employee's Impression In Snow

    Apr 15, 2013

    Overdressed and sweating in the frosty Alaskan weather, she falls over into the snow. Her elongated feet come unglued from the grooves they were sliding back-and-forth in. Standing up on two legs becomes an unexpected challenge when learning to cross-country ski. After solving the puzzle of entangled skis and poles, she presses on.

  • USACE gives Afghan Uniform Police a base of operations in Panjwai

    Apr 13, 2013

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed an Afghan Uniform Police district headquarters facility in the Panjwai district of Kandahar City March 31. The facility will provide the AUP with a base from which to carry out their mission of providing security for the people of Panjwai.

  • Far East District hosts the 28th Ministry of National Defense Exchange Program

    Apr 12, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District hosted the 28th Korean Ministry of National Defense Exchange Program March 25-April 12. The program started in 1985 to train military and civilian engineers from the defense ministry on design, project management, contracting, and construction processes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Going Green: Environmental engineer takes her work to heart

    Apr 11, 2013

    If you describe Sherry McCumber as "green," it's not because she's inexperienced, envious, or suffering the ill effects of expired yogurt.

  • Going Green: Corps prescribed fire program helps double butterfly population

    Apr 11, 2013

    The population of endangered Fender's blue butterflies has doubled at Fern Ridge Reservoir since last year, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey.

  • USACE concrete plant ensures quality, speed

    Apr 10, 2013

    Concrete intented for placement in a river or used for a lock or dam needs to be specially engineered. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has a state-of-the-art batch plant in Charleroi, Pa., that produces high quality concrete.

  • Holocaust survivor shares somber story with Los Angeles District employees

    Apr 10, 2013

    Albert Rosa, a Jew and Holocaust survivor from Greece, visited the Los Angeles District April 9 to tell his tragic story of time spent in concentration camps during World War II.

  • Corps of Engineers treats wounded warriors to barbecue at Kandahar Airfield

    Apr 9, 2013

    Since early 2011, volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South have looked for ways to support the wounded warriors who are recovering at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.