• July

    Agencies prune plant list

    When the national wetland plant list was initially rolled out to the web in May 2012 the Corp’s Regulatory Office said there would be periodic changes. Earlier this month those periodic changes became a reality.
  • Gathright Dam ‘pulse release’ to increase Jackson River water flow

    The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will conduct a pulse release on Tuesday, July 23, beginning at approximately 6 a.m.
  • Craney Island’s oyster mitigation project set for summer launch

    Oysters are expanding their real estate in the Elizabeth River and Hoffler Creek this summer, thanks to a USACE, VPA partnership to construct 16 acres of oyster reef, part of the Craney Island Eastward Expansion project.
  • June

    2-plus million cubic yards added to Sandbridge beachfront; Big Beach completion now under way

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A five-mile hurricane protection and beach renourishment project in Sandbridge is complete.
  • Flood plain manager flooded with praise

    Michelle Hamor, chief of Norfolk District’s flood plain management section, is the 2013 recipient of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Manager of the Year Award. The Corps gives the award yearly to individuals who excel in the field of flood plain management, which plans for and identifies ways at controlling and reducing flood damages experienced by citizens living in flood plains.
  • Officials cancel Gathright Dam pulse release

    Federal and commonwealth officials have canceled Gathright Dam’s pulse release scheduled for Tuesday. The Norfolk District, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, determined that June’s higher-than-average flows in the Jackson River eliminated the need for the first planned pulse release.
  • Corps assists park service in protecting parkway from river

    As the York River encroaches on the Colonial Parkway, engineers have found that rocks are part of the answer to fixing critically damaged and eroded shoreline. That is why contractors, working for the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are using heavy equipment to place large boulders along the edge of the York River to stabilize and strengthen a section of the shoreline.
  • Corps begins Rudee Inlet dredging

    The Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging the Rudee Inlet Federal Navigation Project here Monday. The Corps’ dredge Merritt, based out of Wilmington, N.C., will dredge for four days to remove shoaling in the channel. Engineers expect to dredge about 20,000 cubic yards of material, which will be placed directly north of the entrance channel and inlet jetties. The $78,000 project is 72 percent federally funded. Virginia Beach will fund the remaining 28 percent.
  • May

    FNOD Restoration Advisory Board meets June 6

    Restoration efforts at the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot, or FNOD, remains an ongoing priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Community members can learn more about the formerly used defense site here and latest clean-up progress during the project’s quarterly restoration advisory board meeting.
  • Corps begins post-Sandy study of North Atlantic coast

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scientists and engineers launched a collaborative study May 28 to determine how best to reduce flood and storm damage risks for people and communities along the North Atlantic coast.
  • Corps of Engineers and commonwealth of Virginia announce Gathright Dam pulse release dates

    COVINGTON, Va. – The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will deviate from Gathright Dam’s existing water control plan in order to conduct six pulse releases from June through October 2013.
  • New burner installed for Eternal Flame at the President John F. Kennedy gravesite

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The temporary flame that has been operating at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and his family since April 29 was removed today and the new burner at the Eternal Flame has been relit.
  • Arlington National Cemetery dedicates columbarium

    Arlington National Cemetery will dedicate its ninth columbarium court here today. Officials will mark the dedication of Columbarium Court No. 9 with a joint, full-honors committal service for six unclaimed remains of veterans from all branches of military.
  • April

    Contractors begin work on JFK Eternal Flame burner

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Contractors began work here yesterday on the burner of the President John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame, which has been lit since 1967. Technicians from Meltech Corp., Inc.; based in Landover, Md.; built an 8-foot temporary fence and installed a temporary flame at one of the most visited sites in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Corps begins $144K Bennett’s Creek dredging

    SUFFOLK, Va. -- The Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge Currituck arrived here Saturday to dredge the federal navigation channel in Bennett’s Creek. Significant shoaling, caused by natural transport and deposit of sediment, made dredging necessary. The natural shoaling was exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Court opens up niche space at Arlington

    Work is wrapping up on the new 12.9-million-dollar, 62,820-square-foot Columbarium Court 9, which is slated to be the final columbarium court in this section of the cemetery. The new facility increases the cemetery’s inurnment capacity by 20,296 niche spaces.
  • Engineering a difference

    Thumbing through the pages of his chartreuse logbook where he writes down thoughts, project plans and drawings, Capt. Antonio Pazos stops to point out a particular drawing. It’s a rough sketch diagram of how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and federal and state engineers designed a dewatering plan to remove 400 million gallons of water from the Brooklyn Battery and Queens tunnels after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast Oct.29, 2012.
  • March

    For eroding island, engineers' efforts start with models

    Researchers are using wind, wave, turbidity data and more to understand the conditions in the Tangier Federal Navigation Channel and harbor. The resulting computer model will help determine what type and size of jetty will protect the waterway and harbor from wave attack, ultimately saving the local watermen tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs during storms.
  • Corps responds to emergency dredging in Thimble Shoals federal channel

    NORFOLK – Hazardous shoaling in the Thimble Shoals federal navigation channel launched action between local and federal agencies as they raced to reopen a closed navigation lane. The Virginia Pilots Association alerted the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, of the hazard on March 13, and within hours, a survey team was mobilized.
  • Leading lady: Classic character, modern methods

    Juergens, a logistics management specialist with the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was doing what she did best just before boarding a plane from Virginia to South Bridge, Mass.: last-minute packing.