USACE Philadelphia District provides update on status during COVID-19 public health emergency

USACE Philadelphia District
Published March 19, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District is taking precautionary measures to protect its workforce, while also remaining committed to executing its key missions during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The District remains operational, while leveraging flexible work schedules, situational telework, technology, and virtual and teleconference meetings to keep projects moving forward. At this time, Visitor’s Centers are closed at Beltzville Dam, Blue Marsh Lake, and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Museum. All Blue Marsh Lake programs and events are cancelled through the end of April.

The District workforce continues to work with local, state and federal partners on projects throughout its five-state area of responsibility. Construction activities are ongoing, and the organization continues to monitor and staff its dams and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

Additionally, the USACE Regulatory Program is continuing to process permits, with the request that applicants, consultants, agencies and the general public submit all correspondence electronically to minimize potential disruptions or delays. 

Additionally, disruption to normal operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may result in responses to FOIA requests being delayed. Information about how to submit a FOIA request can be found at:

In accordance with Department of Defense guidance, the USACE Philadelphia District is limiting all official travel. Exemptions may be granted for mission-essential travel. 

The USACE Philadelphia District Emergency Management Office and District leadership will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 emergency situation.

About the USACE Philadelphia District:

Established in 1866, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District manages water resources of the Delaware River basin; builds facilities for the Army and Air Force; and provides engineering and environmental services for other agencies. We serve more than nine million people across portions of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Our reach extends around the world with our support to Overseas Contingency Operations.

Most of our approximately 500 employees work out of the home office in the Wanamaker Building across from Philadelphia’s City Hall, with the rest at field locations throughout the District’s 15,000-square-mile geographic area.

USACE Philadelphia District

Release no. 20-026