Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

Tree farm or warehouses: Which is better for Biscayne Bay?

May. 21, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It might seem like an easy question. What’s better for the environment, a tree farm or a crop of warehouses? But with a massive development and an unprecedented expansion of Miami-Dade’s urban development boundary on the line, that question has developers and...

To stop Baton Rouge floods, they’re carving a 12-mile river

May. 15, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — You can’t quite see it yet from Plank Road or La. 19 near Zachary, but work crews are building a man-made river from scratch. Down inside a huge, wide “V” carved out of the earth, concrete pillars for a bridge have been poured and smoothed out by workers....

Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database

May. 05, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

Americans wondering whether a nearby dam could be dangerous can look up the condition and hazard ratings of tens of thousands of dams nationwide using an online database run by the federal government. But they won't find the condition of Hoover Dam, which impounds one the nation's...

EPA recommends against reissuing permit for PolyMet mine

May. 03, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal regulators recommended Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers decline to reissue a key permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine, saying the project could raise levels of mercury and other pollutants downstream from the site in northeastern Minnesota. ...

Revolutionary find: 19 cannons in river likely sunk in 1779

Apr. 29, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A warehouse along the Savannah River is holding historical treasures that evidence suggests remained lost for more than 240 years — a cache of 19 cannons that researchers suspect came from British ships scuttled to the river bottom during the American Revolution. ...

Buffeted by weather, a historic Black town strives to endure

Apr. 28, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As she exits her hometown’s only restaurant clutching an order of cabbage and hush puppies, Carolyn Suggs Bandy pauses to boast about a place that stakes its claim as the oldest town chartered by Black Americans nearly 140 years ago. “It is sacred to...

Alaska weighs taking over part of federal permitting program

Apr. 25, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers are considering a request by Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration that the state take over part of a federal environmental permitting program, though some members of the Senate's budget-writing committee have expressed concerns with the potential costs. ...

Cooling pond at North Dakota radar station seeks input

Apr. 19, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input on a draft environmental assessment of a proposed cooling pond at a military radar station at Cavalier Space Force Station, in remote northeastern North Dakota. The proposed project at the Perimeter...

Mangroves vs. seawalls? Mix may be ‘best of both worlds’

Apr. 17, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Along most of the historic South Florida coast, mangroves were nature’s way of protecting the coast from waves and hurricanes. As development inched closer to the water, seawalls became the method of choice to separate land and sea. With two feet of sea level rise on...

Mississippi River tow kicks off start of navigation season

Mar. 21, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The first Mississippi River towboat has marked the unofficial start of the 2022 navigation season. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say the Motor Vessel W. Red Harris was due to pass through Lock and Dam 3 near Welch on Monday afternoon. ...