Contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District install a 23-foot-tall concrete shaft enclosure weighing approximately 120,000 pounds as part of the guard wall at the Monongahela River Locks and Dam 4 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, Nov. 16, 2023.

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  • December

    Headwaters Highlights: Elizabeth Locks and Dam crews keep navigation afloat through one of the oldest locks in the Nation

    The quiet waters of the Monongahela River may experience some explosive rumblings next summer. One of the oldest navigation dams in the nation is planned to go out with a blast in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, after more than a century of service to the region.
  • July

    Recap: Ohio River Basin Day on the Hill

    On June 13, 2023, the members and leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division joined stakeholders and partners from across the Ohio River Basin for the first Ohio River Basin Day on the Hill in Washington, DC.
  • June

    Warning signs on the horizon bring visibility to an invisible danger

    Inexperienced boaters face hidden dangers on the Allegheny River that could result in severe injury or death if they don’t pay attention.
  • April

    Pittsburgh District’s Water Quality team conducts first “spring pulse”

    Millions of gallons of water rushed out of the Kinzua Dam every minute for eight hours straight into the Allegheny River. The outflow caused the Allegheny River to rise by almost two feet. The water pushed out of the dam with massive force, resembling giant firehoses opened to full blast. This water release event was seven years in the making, a perfect storm of conditions that allowed water quality experts to replicate a spring pulse.
  • March

    LRD Programs Director retires after almost 40 years with USACE

    On February 23, 2023, a retirement ceremony was held for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Program Director, Mr. Stephen G. Durrett, at the Federal Building in downtown Cincinnati, OH.
  • May

    Introducing Louisville District’s first ever River Ranger: Lisa Freeman

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District manages nine locks and dams: seven on the Ohio River and two on the Green River in Kentucky. The Ohio River projects operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, serving both the towing industry and recreational boaters. It is a known fact that USACE is the steward of the lands and waters located on its projects. The Corps’ guiding philosophy for natural resource management is to manage, conserve, and improve these natural resources that contribute to an increased quality of American life, now and for posterity. However, this it not only taking place at lake projects that provide recreational activities for the public, but also at the locks and dams. 
  • April

    Louisville District celebrates National Volunteer Month

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District celebrates National Volunteer Month every April by recognizing the tremendous effort of the volunteers who give their time at the recreational sites in the district’s footprint. Volunteers are an essential part of delivering the district’s recreational activities.
  • January

    Hundreds attend Eagle Fest at Shenango River Lake

    As people’s schedules start calming down after the Christmas season, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike had the chance to come together at Shenango River Lake and learn about America’s avian rockstar: the bald eagle.
  • September

    Olmsted Locks and Dam sets record, replaces first wickets

    Near the confluence of the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers is where more commerce passes through than any other location on the entire U.S. inland waterways, making the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District’s Olmsted Locks and Dam one of the busiest locks in the country. More than 70 million tons of commerce passes through the Olmsted, Illinois, facility each year. Olmsted Locks and Dam is very different from the other locks and dams on the Ohio River because it is the only one with a wicket dam.
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