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  • July

    LTC Michael Bliss assumes command of the USACE Philadelphia District

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District ushered in a new era of leadership as Lt. Col. Michael A. Bliss assumed command from Lt. Col. John C. Becking during a July 1 ceremony in the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. Bliss is the 58th commander in the District's history.
  • April

    Army Corps and City of Philadelphia celebrate ecosystem restoration

    PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and the Philadelphia Water Department celebrated the completion of a first-of-its-kind ecosystem restoration project during an April 25 ribbon cutting and site tour event at Morris Park in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.
  • Chief of Engineers visits Philadelphia District

    Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General and the Chief of Engineers, toured the Philadelphia District and met with leadership, staff, student interns, and the crew of the Dredge McFarland during an April 22-23 visit.
  • Army Corps dredges Barnegat Inlet

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted dredging operations at Barnegat Inlet in New Jersey earlier this month. The work involved removing 60,000 cubic yards of sand and material from the federal channel prior to the summer boating season. The Dredge MURDEN, owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District, conducted work in the inlet.
  • August

    Officials commend Army Corps’ efforts to restore Delaware coastline

    Federal, state, and local officials gathered at the north shore of the Indian River Inlet in Delaware on Aug. 5 to witness the dredging, pumping and placing of sand onto a beach that was significantly eroded by Hurricane Sandy. The work at the inlet is one of three contracts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has awarded to help restore the Delaware coast and is part of a larger effort to restore projects across the northeast.
  • July

    USACE and partners hold stream restoration workshop in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department to host a stream restoration workshop July 22-24.
  • Prompton hosts barefoot waterskiing event

    On July 19-20, 2013, the American Barefoot Waterski Club held its Eastern Regional Championship at Prompton Dam for the second straight year. Before last year’s event, Prompton had not hosted a barefoot waterskiing tournament since 1991.
  • June

    USACE holds emergency response exercise in Philadelphia

    More than 150 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel descended on Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia June 10-14 to participate in a national emergency response exercise. The exercise, which involved simulating response activities to a category 3 hurricane, was designed to prepare teams and individuals for real events.
  • February

    Army Corps repairs canal bulkhead with innovative project

    POINT PLEASANT, NJ – When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to repair a dam outlet, marine bulkhead or any other infrastructure submerged in the water, it presents an engineering challenge. The added variable can make repairs more difficult, costly and time-consuming. Ongoing repair work along the Point Pleasant Canal has been just that – a challenge – but through resourcefulness and innovation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and its contractor are nearing completion of work.
  • October

    Blue Marsh Lake visitors, volunteers celebrate National Public Lands Day

    More than 3000 visitors and 60 volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day at Blue Marsh Lake Sept. 29-30 with hikes, tours and a number of cleanup and repair projects. National Public Lands Day, held annually in September, showcases public lands and the importance of protecting natural resources through responsible use and volunteerism.
  • September

    Division commander visits Philadelphia District

    Col. Kent Savre, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, met with regional stakeholders and held a town hall meeting during a visit to the Philadelphia District Sept 10-12.
  • August

    USACE celebrates Prompton Dam project

    WAYNE COUNTY, PA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District celebrated improvements at Prompton Dam with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of a recently completed project Aug. 22. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, attended the event and said the project will benefit local communities.
  • June

    Philadelphia District holds Change of Command Ceremony

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District ushered in new leadership as Lt. Col. John C. Becking assumed command from Lt. Col. Philip M. Secrist III during a June 26 ceremony in the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. Becking became the 57th commander in the District's 148 year history.
  • Get Outdoors Day makes a splash at Blue Marsh Lake

    More than 1000 people celebrated the great outdoors at Blue Marsh Lake on June 9 with kayaking, hiking, fishing and various outdoor and water safety activities. 'Get Outdoors Day,' hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District, included a visit from Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and featured exhibits and demonstrations from 43 organizations from the region.
  • April

    Philadelphia fish passage proving successful

    Four years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District completed construction on a rebuilt fish ladder at the Fairmount Dam in Philadelphia. The project was designed to help migratory fish travel further up the Schuylkill River to spawn. Today, the project has proven to be an overwhelming success.
  • March

    Project Spotlight: Lower Assunpink Creek Ecosystem Restoration

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and the City of Trenton are working to restore part of the Assunpink Creek ecosystem. The 25 mile-long creek drains approximately 91 square miles in central New Jersey. The project is located in downtown Trenton where the creek is contained in a concrete box culvert. The Army Corps is developing plans to "daylight" the stream.