Archive: 2012
  • December

    NASA proclaims strategic partnership with Corps for support

    NASA Langley Research Center officials reached an agreement with the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to have the Corps support the research center’s facility-engineering needs.
  • Survey crews to start work on Tangier Jetty

    Physical work on the feasibility phase of the Tangier Jetty program is set to begin this week, weather dependant. A Norfolk District survey crew will operate in the water where the jetty is to be built at the federal navigation channel entranceway on the western side of the island.
  • Corps responds to significant shoaling at Rudee Inlet

    The Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge Currituck, based out of Wilmington, N.C., is scheduled to begin dredging the Rudee Inlet Federal Navigation Project for five days beginning Dec. 7, 2012.
  • Norfolk District ‘green initiative’ injects 25-year life into derrick boat Elizabeth

    In recent years, the Elizabeth’s creaky, smoking engines and worn vessel parts, all ravaged by old age and years of corrosive seawater damage, has called into question her durability and reliability; moreover, her crew’s ability to work safely. But thanks to a “green initiative” begun four years ago by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a grand vision to inject new, superior, eco-friendly life into the venerable Elizabeth, she and her crew will soon resume serving the community here at greater capacity for another 25 years.
  • Final 2012 FNOD Restoration Advisory Board meets Dec. 6

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host its final 2012 quarterly meeting of the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot, or FNOD, Restoration Advisory Board Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Courtyard Marriott located at 8060 Harbour View Boulevard in Suffolk, Va.
  • November

    Corps, congressional delegation discuss Martinsville project

    Members of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality met with members of Virginia's congressional delegation here today to discuss the permit application for a Martinsville, Va., business center complex. The meeting focused on a federal permit application for the Commonwealth Crossing Business Center, a proposed 726-acre development in Henry County, Va.
  • Town's need for deeper channel illustrates funding process

    The color-coded depth maps of the navigation channel lined each the top of table – each map in front of a stakeholder who wanted the same thing as the person in the next seat. The Corps of Engineers map wasn’t necessary for Chad Saunders. He knew the depths. And he knew what was needed. “My company needs more ... The town of Cape Charles needs more.”
  • Corps to begin $11.9 million Virginia Beach renourishment project Dec. 1

    The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to replenish the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The $11.92 million renourishment project, which will begin Dec. 1, includes the placement of 1,250,000 cubic yards of sand from 17th Street to 70th Street.
  • Governor, USACE announce funding for Tangier Island jetty

    Gov. Bob McDonnell and Col. Paul Olsen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers traveled today to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay to announce they have signed an agreement to build a long-awaited seawall and jetty to protect the Island's endangered harbor. The project will involve both state and federal funding.
  • 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.
  • 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

    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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.