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Author: Steve Rochette
  • December

    USACE Marine Design Center managing procurement of dredge for Azerbaijan

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Marine Design Center is managing the procurement of a dredge for the nation of Azerbaijan, as part of a broader U.S. Department of Defense program to enhance Azerbaijan’s maritime security.  The dredge will enable the Coast Guard of the State Border Service to operate its fleet of vessels and maintain access to the harbor entrance and shipping channels of ports located in the Caspian Sea. 
  • October

    Army Corps conducts environmental restoration through Handshake Program

    WHITE HAVEN, PA – The Francis E. Walter Dam, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was constructed approximately 60 years ago. During the construction process, millions of cubic yards of sediment and rock were excavated from two nearby borrow areas to build the earthen embankment of the dam. For the past 11 years, the Army Corps, Pheasants Forever Chapter 803, and other non-profit organizations have worked to reclaim and restore these borrow areas by removing invasive species and planting native and pollinator plant species that enhance wildlife habitat.  
  • September

    Army Corps dive team conducts inspections at Kwajalein Atoll

    The USACE Forward Response Technical Dive Team conducted above and below water inspections of waterfront infrastructure from Aug. 13-26 at the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The dive team performs underwater inspections around the world on behalf of the Army’s Installation Management Command. 
  • April

    Army Corps team members participate in water security mission in Africa

    Two USACE hydraulic engineers traveled to Africa in mid-March to share their expertise on a variety of groundwater-related issues. 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.
  • January

    Army Corps completes dredging and marsh restoration project near Stone Harbor, NJ

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor Barnegat Bay Dredging Company recently completed a dredging and marsh restoration project near Stone Harbor, N.J. Work involved dredging sediment from the channel of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway and beneficially using the material to create habitat on marshland owned by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife.   
  • May

    District celebrates completion of Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District joined elected officials and partners on May 25, 2018 to celebrate the completion of the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk rebuild in Atlantic City. The project – one of the more complex construction efforts undertaken by the District in recent years – involved building two separate seawall structures along approximately 1700 feet of the inlet and rebuilding the historic boardwalk.
  • January

    Philly District team members support emergency recovery efforts

    In 2017, more than 60 team members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District deployed to support recovery efforts associated with three major hurricanes, the California wildfires, and Louisiana flooding. The hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record as Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused widespread devastation.
  • October

    Army Corps continues Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts

    NEW YORK – It’s been five years since Hurricane Sandy made history as the largest Atlantic hurricane on record when it made landfall near Brigantine, N.J. on Oct. 29, 2012. With wind gusts in excess of 75 miles per hour and storm surge that inundated much of the New York and New Jersey coasts, the storm killed more than 100 Americans and caused more than $50 billion in damages. Since the storm, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has supported repair and recovery efforts throughout the northeast.
  • August

    Philadelphia District recognized with Chief of Engineers award for commitment to safety

    PHILADELPHIA (JUNE 5, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District was recently recognized with the North Atlantic Division Commanding General's Safety Award of Excellence for its ongoing commitment to a safe and healthy work environment. The District is now under consideration for nationwide safety honors.
  • July

    Students study snake population at the Francis E. Walter Dam

    A group of graduate students from East Stroudsburg University partnered with the staff at the Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven, PA as part of thesis work on rattlesnakes. The biological research involves measuring, tagging, determining the sex of the snakes and whether the females are gravid. Information gathered at dam will be used in a larger study that will help conservation efforts on the timber rattlesnake throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
  • April

    Northern Area Engineer retires after 41-year career

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District is bidding farewell to George Sauls, the Northern Area Engineer who retired after serving for more than 40 years. He was closely involved with numerous civil works projects and mentored many employees throughout his career.
  • January

    Philly District remembers former dam operators

    In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District mourned the loss of three former dam operators. Floyd “Jim” Wildrick and Mike Husovich were head dam operators at the Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven, PA and Carl Warner was the head dam operator at Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport, PA. The three men served the United States Army Corps of Engineers for a combined 101 years. All three were also veterans of the U.S. Army.
  • August

    Army Corps shares groundwater expertise with Cambodian officials

    A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers led a three-day groundwater modeling workshop for Cambodian government officials, representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and local non-governmental organizations from Aug. 9-11.
  • June

    Army Corps hosts Engineering With Nature workshop in Philadelphia

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) co-hosted an Engineering With Nature (EWN) workshop June 7-8 in Philadelphia. A multi-disciplinary team from around the country met to discuss the EWN program and highlight best practices and capture new project ideas.
  • December

    USACE and partners kickoff dredging and marsh restoration project in Avalon

    AVALON, N.J. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and its partners celebrated the recent start to dredging and marsh restoration efforts near Avalon, N.J. during a ceremony hosted by the borough on Dec. 11. The project began in late November and involves dredging approximately 50,000 cubic yards of sediment from shoals in the federal channel of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway and using the material to restore degraded marsh land owned by the state.
  • June

    Dredge McFarland completes urgent dredging of Mississippi River

    The Dredge McFarland, based out of Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, completed 62 days of urgent dredging at the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River 90 miles south of New Orleans. The McFarland, one of four Army Corps owned and operated deep-draft hopper dredges, arrived in the Gulf at the end of March and worked through the end of May. The dredge was called upon because critical shoals impacted navigation along the Mississippi River. High river stages occurred, which increased shoaling at the mouth of the river.
  • Army Corps hosts students at dam in Northeastern PA

    PROMPTON, PA (MAY 27, 2015) – High school students learned firsthand the importance of dam safety and emergency response practices during a visit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Prompton Dam in Northeastern Pennsylvania on May 27. The students are members of the Wallenpaupack High School Emergency Responders Club. The group participated in a tour and mock tabletop exercise simulating a flood event at the dam.
  • March

    Army Corps employee recognized for coastal work in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

    PHILADELPHIA – Monica Chasten, Operations Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District, received a national award on Capitol Hill for her efforts to help re-establish coastal navigation and restore degraded marsh in New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
  • August

    Army Corps partners with state, local, non-profits on dredging and marsh restoration demo project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has partnered with state, local, and
  • Camden students learn about environmental cleanup during visit with Army Corps

    VINELAND, N.J. – Eleven high school students from Camden County, N.J. learned about environmental