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  • September

    Gathright Dam pulse release underway

    At 6 a.m. today, operators at Gathright Dam near Covington, Virginia began conducting a pulse release. The pulse will gradually increase and peak at 3,500 cubic feet per second by 9 a.m. The maximum surge will last two hours, begin to gradually decrease at 11 a.m., and return to 240 cfs by 1:30 p.m.
  • Gathright Dam pulse release scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23

    Operators at Gathright Dam near Covington, Virginia will conduct a pulse release Wednesday.
  • August

    Gathright Dam pulse release scheduled for Sept. 2

    Operators at Gathright Dam near Covington, Virginia will conduct a pulse release Wednesday. The pulses will increase levels 3 to 4.5 feet in the Jackson River, and experts advise people who use the river to be aware of the river fluctuations caused by the pulses.
  • FNOD Restoration Advisory Board to meet Thursday

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host their quarterly public meeting regarding restoration efforts at the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot Thursday. The Restoration Advisory Board meeting; which will take place at the Courtyard Marriott, 8060 Harbour View Blvd. in Suffolk from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.; will feature discussions regarding the latest cleanup progress.
  • June

    Great Bridge Lock to close temporarily July 1 to conduct final repairs

    The Great Bridge Lock on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal will temporarily close to vessel traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 1, to facilitate diving and crane operations to remove cofferdam and return lock to full operation.
  • Great Bridge Lock scheduled maintenance causes limited closures to navigation

    The Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia, will temporarily close to navigation during specified hours for scheduled maintenance June 9-10, 15-19 and 22-25.
  • May

    Officials to update public on FNOD restoration progress

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to attend a meeting about restoration efforts at the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot 6:15-8:15 p.m., June 4. Corps project managers will discuss the latest clean-up progress at the Formerly Used Defense Site during the project’s second quarterly Restoration Advisory Board meeting at the Courtyard Marriott, located at 8060 Harbour View Boulevard here.
  • Lake Drummond Reservation access curtailed due to scheduled maintenance

    The Lake Drummond Reservation on the Dismal Swamp Canal, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Chesapeake, Virginia, will limit public visitation beginning today due to scheduled maintenance.
  • April

    Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference seeks solutions to pressing maritime issues

    With “Planning for the Future: Challenges and Opportunities” as their theme, professionals from government and industry met at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference in Portsmouth, Virginia, this week to discuss the future of the maritime community.
  • Norfolk beach expansion combats sea-level rise

    Mayor Paul Fraim and other city of Norfolk leaders joined Col. Paul Olsen, Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander, along Ocean View Beach to sign a historic project partnership agreement that lays the foundation for construction of a coastal storm damage reduction project.
  • March

    First quarter FNOD Restoration Advisory Board scheduled for March 5 cancelled due to inclement weather forecast

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' first quarter Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot's restoration advisory board meeting is cancelled for March 5, due to local area weather forecast of heavy wintry mix of rain and snow. The meeting will be rescheduled for later in March. Please follow this website for updates.
  • February

    Norfolk 135: Thomas Lincoln Casey, Jr.

    The story of Thomas Lincoln Casey, Jr. is difficult to tell.A search for his name in tomes of
  • President’s budget includes $27.9M for Virginia civil works projects

    President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget transmitted to Congress includes $4.732 billion in gross discretionary funding for the civil works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Of that sum, the budget provides $27,968,000 for a variety of Norfolk District projects, including $800,000 to study the deepening of the Norfolk Harbor Channel to 55 feet.
  • December

    Norfolk District 135: Edward Burr

    Edward Burr served as the sixth commander of the Norfolk U.S. Engineers Office. While in command, oversaw improvements to the inland water route (Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal) from Norfolk, Virginia to Albemarle Sound, North Carolina. These improvements included logging and dredging operations on the North Landing River, as well as straightening the river and making it 80 feet wide and 9 feet deep.
  • November

    Great Bridge Lock reopens after temporary work closure

    The Great Bridge Lock on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal reopened for 24-hour operations at 7 p.m. today after Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed repairs.
  • Great Bridge Lock to temporarily close Nov. 18-20

    The Great Bridge Lock on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal will temporarily close to vessel traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 18-20, to facilitate diving and crane operations to reposition one of the lock valve chambers.
  • October

    Historic Fort Norfolk to close for maintenance and repairs Oct. 14

    Fort Norfolk will close to visitors from Oct. 14 to Dec. 12 as contractors perform various maintenance and repairs to the historic War of 1812-era coastal fortification.
  • September

    VDOT, FHWA, USACE sign, release draft SEIS for Route 460 project

    VDOT, FHWA and USACE signed the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Route 460 Corridor Improvements Project Sept. 18 and released it for public comment.
  • August

    Norfolk District 135: William Price Craighill

    William Price Craighill was the fourth officer in charge of what would later become the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He became the Corps’ first Southeast Division Engineer, overseeing coastal fortification projects in Hampton Roads.
  • July

    Norfolk District 135: James Mercur

    On June 15, 1881, Capt. James Mercur took command as the second engineer in charge of the Norfolk office after Capt. Charles B. Phillips, the first engineer in charge, died while still in command. He was in charge of improving the Norfolk, Virginia and Beaufort and Edenton, North Carolina harbors; Cape Fear River and Currituck Sound