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  • Army Corps to host virtual public meetings Sept 20, 21 on New Jersey Back Bays Study

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting virtual public meetings on Sept 20 and 21 on the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. In August, USACE released a draft report for the study. The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework, which includes three storm surge barriers, two cross-bay barriers, and the elevation of more than 18,000 structures to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. During the virtual public meetings, study team members will present a summary of the report findings and answer questions
  • Army Corps updates water release schedule for Francis E. Walter Dam

    The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District updated the 2021 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan. The Army Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be scheduled if enough water storage is accumulated in the reservoir.
  • Boat Launches Remain Closed at Blue Marsh Lake

    Due to heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ida and the resulting runoff, the boat launches at Blue Marsh Lake remain closed to the public. The lake level is currently nine feet above the normal summer pool. With key gaging stations on the Schuylkill River below flood stage, this morning dam operators began to reduce water levels in the lake by increasing outflow to 3000 cubic feet per second.
  • Boat Launches Closed at Blue Marsh Lake

    Due to heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ida, the boat launches at Blue Marsh Lake are closed to the public. The lake level is five feet above the normal summer pool and still rising. The dam will continue to impound water until the level of the Schuylkill River drops enough to allow for releases from the dam. There is no projection of when the lake levels will drop to a level that will allow the launches to open.
  • Army Corps to draw down reservoirs at Francis E. Walter Dam and Blue Marsh Lake in advance of Hurricane Ida

    The U.S. Army Corps Engineers Philadelphia District has announced it will draw down the reservoirs at Blue Marsh Lake and Francis E. Walter Dam in preparation for significant forecasted rainfall associated with Hurricane Ida. Blue Marsh Lake is located on the Tulpehocken Creek, a tributary of the Schuylkill River, about four miles northwest of Reading, Pa. Francis E. Walter Dam is located at the confluence of the Lehigh River and Bear Creek in Luzerne and Carbon Counties, Pa.
  • Army Corps releases draft report for Nassau County Back Bays study

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the release of a draft report for the Nassau County Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework, which includes the elevation of more than 14,000 residential structures and dry flood proofing of more than 2,500 industrial/commercial properties to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. It’s important to note that the plan is subject to change. It has not yet been approved by higher authorities, including Congress, and has not been funded for implementation at the federal or state level.
  • Blue Marsh Lake - Hazardous Algae Bloom Warning and Closure

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Philadelphia District is advising visitors to   Blue Marsh Lake to be aware of the presence of extremely high levels of blue-green algae in the lake and the potential for harmful toxins to be present. Due to the high levels of algae in the lake, the Swim Beach at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area will be closed. Additionally, visitors are advised to avoid contact with the lake water until further notice.
  • Army Corps releases draft report for New Jersey Back Bays study

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the release of a draft report for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework, which includes three storm surge barriers, two cross-bay barriers, and the elevation of more than 18,000 structures to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. It’s important to note that the plan is subject to change. It has not yet been approved by higher authorities, including Congress, and has not been funded for implementation at the federal or state level.
  • Army Corps updates water release schedule at Francis E. Walter Dam

    The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District updated the 2021 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan. The Army Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be scheduled if enough water storage is accumulated in the reservoir.
  • Army Corps updates water release schedule at Francis E. Walter Dam

    The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District updated the 2021 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation plan. The Army 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 early part of the summer has enabled the Army Corps to schedule the first four increments of the plan