Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Corps trims water flowing into lower Missouri River

Jan. 21, 2020 3:55 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam will be reduced slightly to protect drinking water supplies even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still working to eliminate water from last year. The Corps said Tuesday it is trimming the amount...

Court tosses Louisiana's suit over widening waterway

Jan. 21, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's lawsuit alleging that a federal canal has expanded well beyond its legal boundaries and is eating away at state land was rejected Tuesday by a federal appeals court. The 2018 suit claimed the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is 670 feet (200 meters) wide at some points. It was...

Rebuilding a bridge over Danbury’s once troubled waters

Jan. 21, 2020 7:30 AM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — When contractors rip open a section of Kennedy Avenue later this year to repair a 56-year-old bridge, they will also expose a section of the Still River with a conflicted city history. The $3 million Kennedy Avenue bridge repair project will uncover a stretch of the Still River that...

Army Corps studying weather network to help control flooding

Jan. 20, 2020 11:53 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the possible construction of an $11.1 million network of weather stations to improve flood control across the Upper Missouri River Basin, officials said. Stations are being upgraded for proof of concept in Bozeman at Montana State University...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. January 16,2020 Another Medicaid insurer, another round of stiffing Iowa’s health care providers Iowa Total Care is one of the for-profit insurers hired by the state to participate in the fiasco known as privatized Medicaid. The company was not among Iowa’s first picks for a...

Historic nuke plant in Virginia to be fully dismantled

Jan. 19, 2020 12:38 PM EST

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — Plans are underway to completely dismantle the first nuclear power facility that provided electricity to the U.S. power grid. In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed fully removing the SM-1 Reactor Facility at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, WTOP reported ...

Katrina levee failures subject of new book

Jan. 19, 2020 10:27 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The founder of an organization dedicated to educating the public about levee failures in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina has written a book. A news release from activist Sandy Rosenthal says the book is entitled “Words Whispered in Water: Why Levees Broke in New...

Dismal Swamp Canal to be closed to traffic for about 90 days

Jan. 18, 2020 10:36 AM EST

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Dismal Swamp Canal on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between North Carolina and Virginia will be closed to traffic for about 90 days for maintenance. The locks at South Mills and at Deep Creek in Virginia have temporarily discontinued operations while the work is being...

Supervisor Marvell Howard inspects the slope failure as he climbs up the side of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam west of Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Officials said a breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi county OKs plan to drain lake with failing dam

Jan. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Leaders in a Mississippi county approved a plan Thursday to drain a swollen lake where officials say a decades-old earthen dam could fail after days of heavy rain. The Starkville Daily News reported that Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously endorsed the proposal during a...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...