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  • Pittsburgh emergency team simulates its first scenario-driven exercise for local flood response

    As heavy rain hit the Pittsburgh region, waters flooded homes and carried debris across roadways that blocked emergency routes. Quickly, local resources became overwhelmed, and county leaders requested additional aid.
  • Corps to host public information session for first Lake Stonycreek flood study

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will host a public information session about an upcoming flood study for Lake Stonycreek in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The flood study will assess property surrounding the lake and be used to update FEMA mapping and the county’s flood insurance study.
  • Workshop equips park rangers with tools of the trade

    PADUCAH, Ky. (March 11, 2024) – Corps of Engineers officials equipped park rangers throughout the Cumberland River Basin with the tools of the trade during a workshop March 5-7 at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Emerging Technology Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
  • Locking temporarily suspended at McAlpine Locks and Dam

    The lock chambers at McAlpine Locks and Dam (Ohio River mile 606.8 ) in Louisville, Kentucky, are currently closed to traffic due to a navigation accident, which occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. today, March 8.
  • Corps of Engineers Begins Dredging Muskegon Harbor, First of Season

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District began dredging today, March 8, in Muskegon Harbor to remove about 133,000 cubic yards of sediment from the federal navigation channel. The project marks the start of the 2024 Detroit District dredging season on the Western Michigan shoreline of Lake Michigan to maintain Great Lakes navigation for commercial shipping to harbors along Western Michigan.
  • Scott Poffenberger: learning engineering in the classroom and the field with USACE

    Opportunities for hands-on learning in engineering and a chance to help solve some of the nation’s toughest challenges may exist in your own back yard or near your college campus. Scott Poffenberger joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Cleveland Project Office as an intern while attending his first year at Cleveland State University’s engineering program school.
  • Headwaters Highlights: Surveyors measure a thousand times, take no shortcuts

    In the world of carpentry and construction, a famous proverb cautions laborers to "measure twice, cut once," but in the field of survey work, measuring twice is not enough.
  • USACE Chicago begins structural design charrette for T.J. O'Brien Lock major rehab.

    Last week, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District, hosted the T.J. O’Brien Major Rehab Structural Value Based Design Charrette at the district headquarters. Two of these meetings are planned with the first focusing on structural components and the next on mechanical updates for the lock.
  • Soo Locks Open Early for 2024 Shipping Season

    The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan will open the Poe Lock to all marine traffic at 6 p.m. on March 22, marking the start of the 2024 Great Lakes shipping season. The shipping industry requested an early season opening due the urging of major steel producers. “The St. Lawrence Seaway has announced that it will open this spring on March 22. We would like to match that early opening at the Soo,” President of the Lake Carriers’ Association James Weakley said. “We also note that the Seaway strike in 2023 and extreme wind events toward the end of the last operating season left the fleet with undelivered cargo.” “Our winter maintenance period is a critical time for us to invest in our aging locks,” Detroit District Commander Lt. Col. Brett Boyle said. “This year, a number of factors worked in our favor that allowed us to safely deliver this critical maintenance and also open to navigation traffic a few days early, with the St. Lawrence Seaway.”
  • Ohio Partnership Meeting

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Rivers Division met with representatives from the Ohio state agencies to discuss their respective programs, as well as explore collaborative efforts
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