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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society signed a partnership agreement today that provides Native American students with formal access to Army Science, Technology, Engineering and Math job and educational opportunities. The agreement, a memorandum of understanding, was signed by Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general; and Ms. Sarah EchoHawk, American Indian Science and Engineering Society chief executive officer. “By signing this memorandum of understanding, we are literally opening the doors to the USACE,” said Spellmon. The MOU provides USACE opportunities to better engage with Native Americans through job fairs, career days, engagement with the USACE workforce, and access to projects, labs and research.  It also provides employment opportunities for Indigenous peoples to contribute their passion, talent and ingenuity toward enhancing the USACE workforce.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District completed sampling for radioactive materials at the Jana Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri, this week as part of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program. Preliminary results show no presence of radioactive material above the expected range of background levels (the level of radioactivity Mother Nature already provides). “From a radiological standpoint, the school is safe,” said Col. Kevin Golinghorst, St. Louis District commander. “We owe it to the public and the parents and children of Jana Elementary School to make informed decisions focused on the safety of the community, and we will continue to take effective actions using accurate data.”
The Biden-Harris administration announced that starting on Veterans Day, veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to thousands of federal recreation sites spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be participating in the new pass program.
Lock and Dam 25 is located in Calhoun County, Illinois, and Lincoln County, Missouri, at approximately Mile 241.4 on the Upper Mississippi River above the mouth of the Ohio River near Winfield, Missouri. Proposed project features include construction of new 1200-foot, pile founded, lock located in the auxiliary miter gate bay, and construction of an upstream, ported guard wall totaling 1200 feet, and a 650-foot downstream approach wall. The existing 600-foot lock remains in place and will become auxiliary lock chamber to be used primarily by recreation traffic. The project also includes associated channel work, relocations and site-specific environmental mitigation. The majority of the Upper Mississippi River locks were designed and constructed in the 1930’s and the lock chambers are 600-ft. long. The 600-ft. lock chamber cause significant average delays to navigation because of double lockages required for tows larger than 600-ft.The new1200-foot lock will significantly reduce delays and increase safety. The combination of ecosystem and navigation in a single U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program required many years of coordination with both the navigation and ecosystem partners and it will alter the future of the Upper Mississippi River System to ensure it remains the vital transportation and ecosystem corridor for the next 100 plus years.
America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Interagency Passes are available for purchase at St. Louis District Lake Offices and Visitor Centers.
Engineers Far From Ordinary: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis takes a look at the story of the St. Louis District beginning with the rich and legendary history of the river as well as the modern history of the District’s innovations in response to the challenges of simultaneously maintaining and regulating navigation, protecting again flooding, and protecting the environment.

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The St. Louis District is responsible for maintaining a navigation channel nine feet deep and 300 feet wide on 300 miles of the Mississippi River from Saverton, Missouri, to Cairo, Illinois. We are also responsible for maintaining a navigation channel on the lower 80 miles of the Illinois River as well as the lower 36 miles of the Kaskaskia River. Strategically situated at the crossroads of three major river systems, the St. Louis District is also located at the critical transition point on the Mississippi River where it is a “locking river” north of St. Louis and the “open river” from St. Louis on south.

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Lake Shelbyville Water Control Public Meeting
11/28/2022 UPDATED
Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is hosting a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.  The purpose of the meeting...
USACE to hold four public workshops for the Melvin Price water control manual revision
11/28/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting four public workshops for the Melvin Price Locks and Dam water control manual revision.  Workshops will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 1–3  p.m. and from 6–8...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Signs Partnership Agreement with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
11/17/2022
The U.S. Army and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society signed a partnership agreement today that provides Native American students with formal access to Army Science, Technology,...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosting open house tonight to discuss preliminary results from Jana Elementary, no new areas of concern identified
11/17/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District will host an open house this evening from 5-8 p.m., to discuss preliminary results from sampling efforts for radioactive material at Jana Elementary...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to host Open House, engage community about results from Jana Elementary testing
11/14/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, or FUSRAP, will host a townhall meeting, November 17, from 5-8 p.m., to present the results of...

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