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  • March

    Corps defends against invasive lizards

    Cold-stunned green iguanas, dubbed “chicken of the trees,” made national headlines as they fell from the trees in south Florida during a recent cold snap. News stories and social media helped to raise public awareness about the damage that can be wrought by the large invasive lizards, which can reach more than five feet and twenty pounds. According to the media reports, these invaders weren’t just munching their way through the succulent plants of south Florida’s gardens, they also wreaked havoc on private properties and important public infrastructure, shorting out power lines and burrowing under structures, causing some of them to collapse. In one city, they reportedly contributed enough damage to a water control structure that the repair bill reached $1.8 million. Construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of critical infrastructure are key missions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for the 143-mile Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, five navigation locks and dams and recreation areas along the 154-mile long Okeechobee Waterway, and Everglades restoration. Maintaining the integrity of these structures and protecting them from damage is integral to the success of these missions.
  • October

    Hydrilla Invasive Aquatic Plant Control: Buffalo District Becomes Regional Technical Experts

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District has a highly skilled workforce that has been completing hydrilla surveys and herbicidal treatments in multiple locations since 2012 when hydrilla was initially found in the Finger Lakes region and the Erie Canal in Western New York (WNY).
  • June

    Seneca Bluffs ecosystem restoration project ready for native species planting phase this summer

    The Corps of Engineers ecosystem restoration project at Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park, along the Buffalo River in South Buffalo, is approaching its final phase. The project team will plant native riverbank plant species to replace the invasive species like Japanese knotweed and phragmites removed last year.
  • May

    Natural resource management benefits spill over into recreation

    The Kansas City District has a large Natural Resource Management Program which provides many
  • The fight against invasive species and how you can help

    Invasive species can be an animal, plant or fungus. Typically, it’s a species that has been brought
  • April

    Earth Day cleanup project highlights improvements in Seneca Bluffs Park in Buffalo

    Seneca Bluffs Park is located along Seneca Street in Buffalo, N.Y., and borders the Buffalo River. Since Aug. 2016, the Buffalo District’s NY/PA Construction Office has managed a project at this park, which is a staple in the surrounding community. The Seneca Bluffs Habitat Restoration Project is entering its final year of construction as the contractor is finishing invasive treatment this summer and will be planting the final shrub clusters in the fall. To date, work on the park’s lower terrace has consisted of riverbank stabilization, habitat improvements, creation of a wetland area, enhancement of the small recreation boat launch, and removal of invasive species, namely Phragmites and Japanese Knotweed.
  • March

    Government agencies collaborate to restore coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes

    Sometimes, when people at different levels of government put their minds together, good things happen.Take what’s going on at Port Clinton, Ohio, where the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Port Clinton, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have joined together to restore 12 acres and add another 1.4 acres of coastal wetlands on Lake Erie.
  • August

    Herbicide treatment of invasive Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake completed near Aurora, NY

    BUFFALO, NY—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District completed a scheduled herbicide treatment of the invasive Hydrilla plant in Cayuga Lake near Aurora, NY in late July 2017, having previously conducted a plant survey in the location the last week of June and again on July 17, 2017.
  • November

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers biologist shows value of fieldwork in higher education

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boasts a highly educated staff. In the Buffalo District alone, employees collectively have over 60 different types of certifications, more than 30 master’s degrees, and four doctorate degrees. Buffalo District biologist Kathleen Buckler recently obtained a Master of Science degree in Wetland Ecology from SUNY Brockport and is already using her education on the job.
  • July

    Reducing the impact of invasive species through partnership

    In an effort to reduce the impact of invasive species, Coralville Lake was one of the first agencies to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Hawkeye Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) in 2007. This partnership is just one of the ways the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with others to fight invasive species. Since then, the Mississippi River Project has also signed an MOU with them.

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