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  • October

    Natural features to play crucial role in building a more resilient Great Lakes coastline

    Communities along the Great Lakes coastline are experiencing increased frequency in coastal flooding and erosion, causing property damage, putting lives at risk, and disrupting local economies. Recent historic high lake levels illustrate the widespread vulnerabilities along the coast.
  • Dwindling capacity at Tuttle Creek Reservoir calls for an urgent and innovative solution

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is no stranger to sediment build-up issues. The organization is responsible for maintaining and managing thousands of miles of inland and intracoastal waterways, channels, ports and harbors with a dredging budget of more than $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2023 alone. Presently, USACE researchers are taking on a slightly different challenge and investigating new methods to diminish the accumulation of sediment in lakes and reservoirs caused by dams.
  • August

    The Corps Environment - August 2023 issue now available

    The August 2023 issue of The Corps Environment is now available! This edition highlights how collaboration and partnerships across the Army environmental community are shaping a sustainable future for current and future generations.
  • Biden-Harris Administration announces $454 million in Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works investments for emergency repairs, flood and storm damage reduction, aquatic ecosystem restoration, and navigation projects

    WASHINGTON – The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works announced today additional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studies and projects funded through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (DRSAA) of 2022, and the DRSAA of 2023. These actions invest over $454 million to help communities reduce their flood risks from coastal storms and to restore delicate aquatic ecosystems.
  • July

    Research shows minerals can help mitigate PFAS in groundwater

    Emerging chemicals of environmental concern in water represent a major challenge for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in terms of exposure risks to humans and the environment. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is working to understand detection, fate and transport, and remediation of a group of these chemicals, generally known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
  • Wrackcycling: Using nature to build stronger dune systems

    Most beachgoers don’t think anything of the brown line of seaweed and other organic material that marks beach tide lines. This natural material that washes onto the beach – called wrack – includes algae, sea grasses and some invertebrates such as sponges and soft corals. Despite its unassumingness, wrack may be essential to helping dunes in protecting coastal shorelines from damaging weather such as hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • EWN toolkit streamlines and standardizes USACE Coastal Storm Modeling

    Natural and nature-based features (NNBFs) are becoming more prevalent in coastal resiliency and protection design as climate change threatens social, economic and environmental systems along the U.S. coast. However, planners need enhanced processes to predict and quantify their benefits prior to implementation.
  • Digital buoys could expand inland navigation communications network

    With more than 12,000 buoys already playing a critical role in our nation’s inland navigation system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is researching a way to use patented technology to make those buoys even more valuable.
  • June

    RISEUP Program Launches to Help Temporarily Repair Metal Roofs

    GUAM - The U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the Office of the Governor, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Mayor’s Council of Guam, have launched the Roofing Installation Support Emergency Utilization Program (RISEUP) to help temporarily repair metal roofs damaged by Typhoon Mawar.
  • May

    USACE readies for Typhoon Mawar Disaster Relief

    The US Army Corps of Engineers is working in partnership with the local and federal partners in response to Typhoon Mawar.

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