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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor built two sections of a seawall and rebuilt portions of the Atlantic City boardwalk along the Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, N.J. Work was completed in April of 2018 and is designed to reduce damages from coastal storms.
Absecon Inlet Seawall & Boardwalk Ribboncutting
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor built two sections of a seawall and rebuilt portions of the Atlantic City boardwalk along the Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, N.J. Work was completed in April of 2018 and is designed to reduce damages from coastal storms.
USACE Philadelphia District Deputy Commander MAJ Brian Corbin made remarks during a ribboncutting ceremony for the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk rebuild on May 25, 2018 in Atlantic City.
Absecon Inlet Seawall & Boardwalk Ribboncutting
USACE Philadelphia District Deputy Commander MAJ Brian Corbin made remarks during a ribboncutting ceremony for the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk rebuild on May 25, 2018 in Atlantic City.
On May 25, 2018, USACE and its partners celebrated the completion of the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk rebuild in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The project accomplishes two goals - reduces the risk of storm damages for the community and restores access to recreational opportunities along the inlet.
Absecon Inlet Seawall & Boardwalk Ribboncutting
On May 25, 2018, USACE and its partners celebrated the completion of the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk rebuild in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The project accomplishes two goals - reduces the risk of storm damages for the community and restores access to recreational opportunities along the inlet.
On May 25, 2018, USACE and its partners celebrated the completion of the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk rebuild in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The project accomplishes two goals - reduces the risk of storm damages for the community and restores access to recreational opportunities along the inlet.
Absecon Inlet Seawall & Boardwalk Ribboncutting
On May 25, 2018, USACE and its partners celebrated the completion of the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk rebuild in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The project accomplishes two goals - reduces the risk of storm damages for the community and restores access to recreational opportunities along the inlet.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor J. Fletcher Creamer & Son completed the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk project in April of 2018. Work involved building the seawall along two previously unprotected sections of the Atlantic City shoreline and rebuilding the historic boardwalk behind those two sections.
Absecon Inlet Seawall and Boardwalk Rebuild
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor J. Fletcher Creamer & Son completed the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk project in April of 2018. Work involved building the seawall along two previously unprotected sections of the Atlantic City shoreline and rebuilding the historic boardwalk behind those two sections.
The Dredge McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District
Dredge McFarland Morehead City 2018
The Dredge McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
Dredge McFarland Marine machinery mechanic and drag tender Ray Bailey prepares to lower a drag arm. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
Dredge McFarland Morehead City 2018
Dredge McFarland Marine machinery mechanic and drag tender Ray Bailey prepares to lower a drag arm. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
Dredge McFarland 2nd Mate Jim Davidson, left, and 3rd Mate Steve Walls navigate the vessel in the shipping channel during dredging operations in North Carolina. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District
Dredge McFarland Morehead City 2018
Dredge McFarland 2nd Mate Jim Davidson, left, and 3rd Mate Steve Walls navigate the vessel in the shipping channel during dredging operations in North Carolina. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
Dredge McFarland Captain Mitch Tillyard points to a survey of shoaled areas in the shipping channel that the vessel must clear. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District
Dredge McFarland Morehead City 2018
Dredge McFarland Captain Mitch Tillyard points to a survey of shoaled areas in the shipping channel that the vessel must clear. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
The Dredge McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
Dredge McFarland Morehead City 2018
The Dredge McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
Dredge McFarland 2nd Mate Jim Davidson, left, and 3rd Mate Steve Walls navigate the vessel in the shipping channel during dredging operations in North Carolina. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
Dredge McFarland Morehead City 2018
Dredge McFarland 2nd Mate Jim Davidson, left, and 3rd Mate Steve Walls navigate the vessel in the shipping channel during dredging operations in North Carolina. The McFarland, one of four ocean-going hopper dredges owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted urgent dredging in Morehead City, N.C. in March and April of 2018. The McFarland is based out of the USACE Philadelphia District.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the non-profit Delaware Center for the Inland Bays co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Del. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
Engineering With Nature Workshop Sussex County, DE
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the non-profit Delaware Center for the Inland Bays co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Del. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
USACE co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, DE. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
Engineering With Nature Workshop Sussex County, DE
USACE co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, DE. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
USACE co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, DE. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
Engineering With Nature Workshop Sussex County, DE
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the non-profit Delaware Center for the Inland Bays co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, DE. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
USACE co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, DE. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
Engineering With Nature Workshop Sussex County, DE
USACE co-hosted an Engineering with Nature workshop April 10-12 in Delaware. Participants conducted a planting demonstration project at Bubblegum Beach on the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, DE. Workshop participants planted 1000 herbaceous plants and 40 shrubs and trees.
The USACE Survey Vessel EWELL is owned and operated by the USACE Norfolk District. The 61 foot vessel has a top speed  of 32 knots. Its construction was managed by the USACE Marine Design Center.
USACE Survey Vessel EWELL
The USACE Survey Vessel EWELL is owned and operated by the USACE Norfolk District. The 61 foot vessel has a top speed of 32 knots. Its construction was managed by the USACE Marine Design Center.
Attention all shutterbugs! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District invites you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you are out enjoying USACE projects, be sure to have your camera handy to capture the great landscapes, dams, and recreational opportunities that are only found throughout the District’s northern area.Visit http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/PhotoContest/ for more details.
Northern Area Projects Photo Contest
Attention all shutterbugs! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District invites you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you are out enjoying USACE projects, be sure to have your camera handy to capture the great landscapes, dams, and recreational opportunities that are only found throughout the District’s northern area.Visit http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/PhotoContest/ for more details.
Attention all shutterbugs! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District invites you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you are out enjoying USACE projects, be sure to have your camera handy to capture the great landscapes, dams, and recreational opportunities that are only found throughout the District’s northern area.Visit http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/PhotoContest/ for more details.
Northern Area Projects Photo Contest
Attention all shutterbugs! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District invites you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you are out enjoying USACE projects, be sure to have your camera handy to capture the great landscapes, dams, and recreational opportunities that are only found throughout the District’s northern area.Visit http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/PhotoContest/ for more details.
A vulture soars above Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport, PA. The project is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District and includes more than 36 miles of trails, 5,000 acres of land, 1,147 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches. The lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts! (Photo by Christopher Wiederspahn).
Vulture at Blue Marsh Lake
A vulture soars above Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport, PA. The project is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District and includes more than 36 miles of trails, 5,000 acres of land, 1,147 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches. The lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts! (Photo by Christopher Wiederspahn).
Blue Marsh Lake, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, features more than 36 miles of trails, 5,000 acres of land, 1,147 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches the lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts (Photo by Christopher Wiederspahn).
Blue Marsh Lake Foliage
Blue Marsh Lake, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, features more than 36 miles of trails, 5,000 acres of land, 1,147 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches the lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts (Photo by Christopher Wiederspahn).

Navigation

We maintain more than 550 miles of navigable waterways, including the 40-foot-deep Delaware River federal navigation channel from Philadelphia to the Atlantic. The District operates and maintains the  Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Other navigation projects include the Schuylkill River, Wilmington Harbor, the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, and many coastal harbors and inlets. We also own and operate the Dredge McFarland.

Projects

Delaware River Deepening 
Chesapeake & Delaware Canal 

Coastal Storm Risk Management

We are especially noted for our key role in reducing damages to the New Jersey and Delaware Coasts. We've completed coastal storm risk management projects at Long Beach Island, Brigantine Island, Atlantic City and Ventnor, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Strathmere, Avalon and Stone Harbor, Cape May and Cape May Point in New Jersey, and at Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches, Bethany and South Bethany and Fenwick Island in Delaware.

Projects

Coastal Program
Absecon Island Project
Long Beach Island Project
Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet
Great Egg to Townsends Inlet 

Flood Risk Management

The District also protects communities in the Delaware River Basin from flooding while providing water supply and enhancing both water quality and recreation.  We operate 5 earthfill dams in eastern Pennsylvania: Blue Marsh Lake near Reading; Beltzville Lake and Francis E. Walter Dam in the Poconos; and Prompton Lake and Jadwin Dam in the northeastern corner of the state.

Projects

Blue Marsh Lake
F.E. Walter Dam
 Beltzville Dam
Prompton Dam
Jadwin Dam

Feasibility Studies

Our Planning Division partners with project sponsors to conduct feasibility studies. These studies involve comprehensive economic, environmental and engineering analyses. Current investigations include a comprehensive study considering solutions to back bay flooding problems in the state of New Jersey.

Studies

NJ Back Bays Flood Risk Management 

Continuing Authorities

The Continuing Authorities Program allows us to respond to a variety of water resource problems without the need to obtain specific congressional authorization for each project. This decreases the amount of time required to budget, develop, and approve a potential project for construction. Project areas include ecosystem restoration, streambank protection, environmental improvements, flood control and navigation.

Projects

Tookany Creek
                Chelsea Heights               

Civil Works

The Philadelphia District maintains more than 550 miles of navigable waterways in the Delaware River Valley. We own and maintain the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal and the 6 six bridges that cross it. The District nourishes beaches in New Jersey and Delaware to reduce storm damages. We operate 5 dams in eastern Pennsylvania that have prevented millions of dollars in floods damages. We also execute a number of smaller projects under the Continuing Authorities Program.  

Contacts

Operations 215-656-6722

Programs 215-656-6511

Planning 215-656-6541