Army Corps of Engineers News

Aging Dams Could Soon Benefit from $7B Federal Loan Program

Eight years after Congress created the program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a first step toward offering more than $7 billion of federally backed loans to repair aging dams owned by states, local governments and private entities …

To Stop Baton Rouge Floods, They’re Carving a 12-Mile River

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 …

Identifying Condition of Dams Complicated by Security Concerns, Missing Data

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 …

Yacht Full of Climate Scientists Plots Giant Sea Gate to Save Manhattan

Aboard the Manhattan II, a 100-foot yacht with glass walls and mahogany panelling, a group of scientists, engineers, politicians, and a ship captain spent a recent morning contemplating the deaths of their fellow New Yorkers at the hands of Hurricane …

New Plan For Lake Okeechobee Releases Still Raising Concerns

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of scientists, environmental groups, elected officials and agency heads met online Oct. 26 to talk about recent changes to a still controversial plan to govern Lake Okeechobee releases. Paul Gray, Audubon Florida’s director of …

Analysis: Wicker Says Yazoo Pumps Would Alleviate Injustice

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Installing massive pumps to drain water from the south Mississippi Delta would be a way to fight environmental injustice because the pumps would help low-income and minority residents whose lives are disrupted by flooding, Republican U.S. …

Officials: 2nd Breach Concern in Florida Phosphate Reservoir

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A drone discovered a possible second breach in a large Florida wastewater reservoir as more pumps were headed to the site to prevent a catastrophic flood, officials said Monday. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican, …

Analysis: Louisiana Weighs Hefty Borrowing to Pay Levee Debt

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana delayed paying its debts for improvements to the federal flood protection system stretching across five parishes in the New Orleans area. The massive bill totaling as much as $3 billion is …

Flooded Everglades: Boon for Birds But High Waters a Threat

MIAMI (AP) — A record-breaking rainy season has left the River of Grass looking like a real river. Shark Valley, a popular Everglades National Park tourist stop off Tamiami Trail, is temporarily closed and mostly underwater. The looping road leading …

Thousands Comment on Proposed Mississippi Pump Project

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers says thousands of people have sent comments about a proposal for huge pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta. They represent a wide range of viewpoints, Vicksburg …