• November

    Through the lens on Sandy recovery

    I saw blue skies, and in the distance, the skyline of Manhattan with the sunlight glistening off the glass-clad skyscrapers like it would on any typical day. But, as I would quickly find out first-hand, nothing was typical in Lower Manhattan, or in many parts of the tri-state area.
  • NAO-2012-00247

    The proposed VARTF mitigation site is located on approximately 287 acres of land to be placed under easement by the Conservancy. The site is located on the Chickahominy River in Henrico and New Kent Counties, Virginia. The proposed mitigation site includes 116 acres of non-tidal forested wetlands and approximately 3,500 linear feet of streams, including frontage along both banks of the Chickahominy River and several unnamed tributaries. The proposed amendment to the mitigation site is to conduct restoration on approximately 311 lf of an unnamed tributary to the Chickahominy River and 0.5 acre of riparian buffer. This restoration component was not included in the initial establishment of the mitigation site in 2010.
  • Corps completes emergency dredging of Rudee Inlet

    Rudee Inlet, a man-made inlet sited along one of Virginia Beach’s most dynamic shorelines, was recently dredged as a result of shoaling from Hurricane Sandy.
  • Norfolk District awards Sandbridge beach replenishment contract

    The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the contract for the Sandbridge Beach replenishment project to Weeks Marine, of Camden N.J. They were the low bidder with a bid of $15,350,000, all inclusive, to place 2 million cubic yards of sand along the five-mile beach from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the Dam Neck Naval Facility.
  • Corps responds to City of Virginia Beach’s request for emergency dredging of Rudee Inlet

    In the wake of tropical storm Sandy, the city of Virginia Beach has requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an emergency dredge of Rudee Inlet. The federal navigation channel shoaled significantly as a result of the storm, impeding navigation.
  • October

    NAO-2005-00254, 12-V1595

    Capital One Services, LLC proposes to discharge fill material in forested wetlands to construct an approximately 150,000 square feet one-story building to be used for data center expansion, customer service center, and/or administrative office in Chesterfield County, Va. The project also includes the construction of approximately 900 parking spaces. Public comment period ends Nov. 30, 2012.
  • NAO-2012-0669

    The City of Chesapeake, Va. proposes to construct approximately 2,900 feet of new roadway west of existing Woodlake Drive to form a 1.4 mile connection between Greenbrier Parkway and Battlefield Boulevard. Permanent wetland impact projected.
  • Waterfield Building reopens Oct. 30

    The Norfolk District's Waterfield Building will open for normal operations Tuesday, Oct. 30. Liberal leave is authorized. High tide is expected at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning and may cause some localized flooding and travel concerns. Please time your commute appropriately.
  • Waterfield Building closed Oct. 29

    Due to local weather and travel conditions, the Waterfield building is closed Monday, Oct. 29. Administrative leave is authorized for employees who work in the Waterfield building. Employees who work at area military installations should follow the instructions of the garrison commander. Employees who work from field or home offices throughout the Commonwealth should work as conditions allow.
  • NAO 2007-04682

    The applicant proposes to impact 1.74 acres of Palustrine Forested wetlands and conversion of 0.18-acre of PFO and 509 linear feet of stream associated with commercial development of retail, restaurants, gas station, parking and infrastructure in Caroline County, Va.
  • Big plans await Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven Inlet

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – In a continuing effort to reduce annual costs associated with maintaining federal navigation channels in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a federal interest determination study at the entrance of the Lynnhaven Inlet. The federal study will determine if jetties or a combination of coastal structures is cost-effective in reducing critical shoaling and annual costs of maintaining the navigation channel, as well as reducing damages incurred on structures in the channel due to continuous wave action.
  • Regulators focused on mission as Clean Water Act turns 40

    The Clean Water Act turns 40 today and, though opponents and supporters still debate the scope and effectiveness of the landmark legislation, employees of the regulatory branch here have a clear understanding of their mission. “It’s about being consistent and operating within the scope of our authorities,” said Col. Paul Olsen, Norfolk District commander. “It’s about balancing the nation’s passion to build with the needs of the environment.”
  • NAO-2009-00949

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has amended an existing permanent danger zone in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Wallops Island and Chincoteague Inlet, Virginia. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility flight range capabilities have been expanded to accommodate larger classes of orbital rockets. This amendment increases the permanent danger zone to a 30 nautical mile sector and is necessary to protect the public from hazards associated with rocket-launching operations.
  • 12-1169-09

    The applicant proposes to replace and upgrade the four-lane Route 60 “Lesner Bridge”, along Shore Drive over the Lynnhaven Inlet. The existing bridges will be removed, and each new bridge section will have two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, 10-foot-wide outside and 6-foot-wide inside shoulders, and a 10-foot multi-use path. The project will require the dredging of 2,530 cubic yards of subaqueous material for the installation of the 10 new instream bridge piers. It will also require, for construction access, the construction of a temporary bulkhead, the excavation of 10,200 cubic yards (20,425 square feet) of upland area, the dredging of 1,289 cubic yards (6,034 square feet) of nonvegetated intertidal area, the dredging of 2,511 cubic yards (37,437 square feet) of subaqueous bottom, and the maintenance dredging of 1,825 cubic yards (37,459 square feet) of the Crab Creek channel. All dredging for this mooring area will be to a depth of -8 feet at mean low water (MLW). Dredge material that is suitable for beach nourishment is proposed to be placed on the existing beach northwest of the bridge and landward of mean high water (MHW), and on City-owned property southwest of the bridge.
  • NAO-2010-02727

    Modification of the existing restricted area published at 33 CFR §334.260, “York River, VA.; naval restricted areas”: the restricted area has been modified to include Felgates Creek and Indian Field Creek along the York River in Yorktown, Va.
  • District leaders ‘stand down’ for suicide prevention training

    Employees wrapped up their suicide prevention stand-down activities here Oct. 15. The effort, which included manager-led training sessions and small group discussions for each employee was part of the Army-wide suicide prevention stand-down conducted Sept. 27. Training and discussions for supervisors and employees focused on the Army’s award-winning ACE or “Ask, Care and Escort,” which encourages Soldiers and employees at all levels to be alert to suicide warning signs, ask directly if a person is thinking about suicide, care for the person and escort to the person to professional help.
  • District one step closer to being accepted into OSHA program

    The Voluntary Protection Program uses performance-based criteria and requires extensive documentation in order to be in compliance. The program uses different models and tools to try and identify problematic areas so agencies can attempt to minimize and eliminate as many accidents as possible.
  • Choosing a STEM career: Army Corps of Engineers offers one-stop job opportunities

    The Norfolk District brought out their best when they were invited to a career conference last Friday. There was the doodler and reluctant biologist. The nature lover. The video-gamer. The guy who likes explosions. The fourth family engineer. It was Norfolk District’s dream STEM team: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Experts specifically chosen to draw young minds to STEM careers in the military.
  • Choosing a STEM career: Army Corps of Engineers offers one-stop job opportunities

    The Norfolk District brought out their best when they were invited to a career conference last Friday. There was the doodler and reluctant biologist. The nature lover. The video-gamer. The guy who likes explosions. The fourth family engineer. It was Norfolk District’s dream STEM team: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Experts specifically chosen to draw young minds to STEM careers in the military.
  • NAO-2007-01988/12-V1252

    Timber Ridge at EDS proposes to impact 1.37 acres of wetlands and 192 linear feet of stream channel for the construction of a mixed-use development, park facility and associated infrastructure in Fairfax County, Va. Comment period ends Nov. 5, 2012.