Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

New suit brought in Missouri River flooding

Jan. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The federal government faces a second lawsuit over flooding along the Missouri River after it was ordered last month to pay some landowners for damages. R. Dan Boulware, of the Polsinelli law firm, filed the new class-action lawsuit on behalf of 60 plaintiffs who experienced damages...

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker speak during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Mississippi pump project gets go-ahead, but needs funding

Jan. 15, 2021 6:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday gave the green light to long-debated flood control project in Mississippi. But the project still needs federal funding, and the start of construction could be years away — if it happens at all. Conservation groups sued the...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 1, 2010 file photo, a least tern checks her two eggs on the beach in Gulfport, Miss. The interior least tern, a hardy Midwestern bird that survived a craze for its plumage and dam-building that destroyed much of its habitat, has soared off the endangered species list. Federal officials said Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2020, that 35 years of legal protection and habitat restoration efforts had brought the tern back from the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Dave Martin File)

Recovered Midwestern bird soars off endangered species list

Jan. 12, 2021 12:53 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The interior least tern, a hardy Midwestern bird that survived a craze for its plumage and dam-building that destroyed much of its habitat, has soared off the endangered species list. Federal officials said Tuesday that 35 years of legal protection and habitat restoration...

Equipment staged for construction of power transmission line

Jan. 12, 2021 9:44 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An excavation company is starting to plow access roads and stage equipment for construction of an electricity transmission corridor aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. Much of the 145-mile (233-kilometer) New England Clean Energy Connect calls for widening...

Army Corps proposes $2B to improve levees in south Louisiana

Jan. 11, 2021 4:02 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal agency is proposing $2 billion in improvements to the levee system that protects against hurricane flooding along portions of seven parishes in south Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers plans virtual public meetings Tuesday and Wednesday on its planned revisions to the...

Alaska governor plans appeal of mine project denial

Jan. 8, 2021 9:38 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit for a proposed copper and gold mine in a region that supports the world's largest sockeye salmon runs. Dunleavy, in a statement Friday, called the corps' decision flawed...

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. Illinois, Michigan and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by upgrading defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish

Jan. 7, 2021 6:06 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday. The two states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will share...

Judge drops suit since Corps reconsidering plastics complex

Jan. 6, 2021 3:12 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a Taiwan-based conglomerate’s plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana because the Army Corps of Engineers is reconsidering its permit. Formosa Plastics Group plans to build 10 chemical plants and four other major...

Judge allows oil, gas lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Jan. 5, 2021 10:24 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to halt an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that was pushed by the Trump administration in its final days. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's decision came after conservationists and Indigenous groups...

The Union Street Dam, foreground, the last remaining dam on the Boardman River is seen in Traverse City, Mich., on Dec. 4, 2020. Construction on FishPass, a selective two-way fish-sorting system slated to replace the dam could start in mid-January. (Jan-Michael Stump/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

Traverse City's FishPass construction could start in January

Jan. 4, 2021 1:01 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Construction on FishPass, a selective two-way fish-sorting system slated to replace the Union Street Dam in Traverse City, could start in mid-January. That’s a huge leap for an idea that Dan Zielinski, Great Lakes Fishery Commission project lead, said he’s been...