The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District has updated the recreation plan for the Francis E. Walter Dam. The Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be scheduled if enough water storage is accumulated in the reservoir. Precipitation throughout the spring and summer has allowed the Corps to add the first five increments of the plan, which includes 4 additional whitewater releases and fisheries enhancement water releases from July 26-Sept 12 [Read More]
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District ushered in a new era of leadership as Lt. Col. Michael A. Bliss assumed command from Lt. Col. John C. Becking during a July 1 ceremony in the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. Bliss is the 58th commander in the District's history. [Read More]
NASA's Pegasus barge, which throughout the space shuttle era ferried shuttle external tanks and other hardware from NASA's manufacturing site in New Orleans to its Florida launch facilities, is about to cast off on a new mission as part of NASA's efforts to send humans to deep space. NASA is collaborating in the barge's return to service with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' Marine Design Center, headquartered in Philadelphia, which made the contract award May 14. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, maintains the barge for the agency. [Read More]
With the reduction in lake level, the staff at Blue Marsh will open the Dry Brooks Day Use area and Church Road Access for day use activities on Saturday, May 3. Swimming at the beach area will be prohibited. Restroom facilities at both areas will be restricted to portable toilets only. [Read More]
May 2, 1014— Blue Marsh Lake recreation facilities have been closed to the public due to recent heavy rain and flood damage reduction actions. The lake level rose nearly five and a half feet higher than the normal summer pool.
On the evening of May 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined the Schuylkill River could accept additional storm run-off and at 10 p.m., dam operators started taking actions to reduce water levels in the lake. The current release level from the dam is 2500 cubic feet per second. While this is not a major release, it is a significant amount of water. [Read More]
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and the Philadelphia Water Department celebrated the completion of a first-of-its-kind ecosystem restoration project during an April 25 ribbon cutting and site tour event at Morris Park in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. [Read More]
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General and the Chief of Engineers, toured the Philadelphia District and met with leadership, staff, student interns, and the crew of the Dredge McFarland during an April 22-23 visit. [Read More]
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted dredging operations at Barnegat Inlet in New Jersey earlier this month. The work involved removing 60,000 cubic yards of sand and material from the federal channel prior to the summer boating season. The Dredge MURDEN, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District, conducted work in the inlet. [Read More]
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and the Philadelphia Water Department partnered to complete a transformative restoration of the West Branch of Indian Creek as part of the Cobbs Creek Habitat Restoration project.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour will be held on Friday, April 25 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Charles Papa Playground, at 6839 Lansdowne Avenue in Philadelphia [Read More]
PHILADELPHIA -- On Friday April 4, representatives from more than 100 groups --- public and private, environmental and economic, regulatory and academic -- will gather at the Academy of Natural Sciences here to discuss the Delaware River and its surrounding watershed, so vital to the region. [Read More]