US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Lt. Col. David C. Park assumed command of the USACE Philadelphia District from Lt. Col. Kristen N. Dahle during a July 12, 2019 ceremony in the Wanamaker Building. Park became the 60th commander in the District's 153 year history.
The Francis E. Walter Dam has prevented more than $220 million in flood damages since its construction. It also supports recreation along the Lehigh River with planned fishing and whitewater rafting water releases.
In July 2019, USACE awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company for periodic nourishment of the Cape May Inlet to Lower Township (Cape May City) Coastal Storm Risk Management project. Work is expected to begin in the fall of 2019.
On July 21, USACE and its contractor completed dredging and sand placement for the Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management project. The project covers 13 miles of coastline along the Barnegat Peninsula and is designed to reduce the risk of storm damages for communities.

Latest News

Army Corps updates water release schedule at Francis E. Walter Dam
8/9/2019
The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District updated the 2019 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan. The Army Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be...
UPDATE: swimming area reopened at Blue Marsh Lake
8/2/2019 UPDATED
Swimming at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area of Blue Marsh Lake was re-opened on Aug. 6, 2019. The Swimming Area was restricted due to high bacteria levels. Water tests were conducted daily until the...
Army Corps awards contract for Cape May City beachfill project
7/26/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill. for $7.6 million to complete periodic nourishment of the Cape May...

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Wilmington Avenue Before and After - initial construction of an elevated 25 to 180-foot wide berm was completed in 1991 as part of the Cape May to Lower Township project. Cape May City beaches were often in a severely eroded state prior to the initial construction and periodic nourishments in subsequent years.
Hurricane Sandy breached the Barnegat Peninsula in October of 2012. In 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the dune and berm system in the same location. Work is designed to reduce the risk of damages from future coastal storms.
St. Georges Bridge (Delaware Route 13) is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District. The bridge was originally constructed in 1941.
Steve England and Jake Helminiak of the USACE Philadelphia District traveled to the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) to participate in workshops, field visits, and to share their expertise with government officials. During the visit, the group met with hydrologists and field technicians from the Department of Water Affairs. They visited multiple dams, gaging stations, and a local agricultural water impoundment.
Steve England and Jake Helminiak of the USACE Philadelphia District traveled to the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) to participate in workshops, field visits, and to share their expertise with government officials. During the visit, the group met with hydrologists and field technicians from the Department of Water Affairs. They visited multiple dams, gaging stations, and a local agricultural water impoundment.
The Chesapeake City Bridge was built in 1948 connecting the two sides of the city. The main span is 540 feet long and the overall length of the bridge is 3,954 feet.

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