US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District

  • June

    Archaeological discovery utilizes being both ‘on’ and ‘off’ the grid

    People often talk about the need to be “off the grid,” a phrase with meanings as varied as the individuals who say it. Archaeologists Amy Williams of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Dr. James Wilde of the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center (USAFCEC) made important discoveries in March when they strayed off the grid – several grids, actually.
  • May

    Franklin County and Jefferson County Sheriff Department’s Partner with the Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake, along with Jefferson County Sheriff Travis Allen and Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones established a framework of cooperation among the agencies when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding Wednesday, May 18, at Rend Lake.
  • MV Pathfinder receives special gift from partners on the river

    The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley presented the crew of the St. Louis District’s MV Pathfinder with a custom made inscribed Louisville Slugger (direct from the factory) that reads, “"From Your Grateful Friends - US Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley- PATHFINDER.”
  • April

    St. Louis District volunteers make a difference

    “Volunteers with the Corps of Engineers are a vital part of the natural resource management program. With limited resources, volunteers allow us to stretch our manpower, helping us to increase our interaction with visitors and the community,” Erin Hilligoss-Volkmann, park ranger and volunteer coordinator with the Rivers Project Office said.
  • March

    St. Louis District taking part in Metro East Small Business Symposium

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District will present information about contracting with the Corps at a Small Business Symposium themed "Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers."
  • Flood preparedness workshops prepare partners for flood season

    Flooding is the most common, costly and deadly natural disaster in the United States each year. One of the Corps of Engineers' main missions is providing assistance when natural disasters or other emergencies strike. Emergency preparedness and response is primarily a state and local responsibility, but the Corps of Engineers is authorized to assist communities in pre-flood preparedness, during-flood and post-flood response.
  • February

    Unique program celebrates five years changing veterans’ lives, preserving history

    On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, Maj. Gen. Michael Wehr, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division, recalled part of the sixteenth President’s second inaugural address as part of celebrating another important anniversary.
  • President’s budget includes $121.8M for St. Louis District 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.
  • January

    Corps’ oldest dredge still going strong after 83 years

    The Corps oldest dredge wrapped up another successful dredging season on the Middle Mississippi, January 8. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District’s Dredge Potter, built in 1932 during the Great Depression did not let age stand in her way as she moved more than 3.2 million cubic yards of sediment this year – enough to cover a football field to a height of 1,500 feet.
  • November

    Corps, City of St. Louis celebrates the completion of $16 million floodwall reconstruction

    Twenty one years after the Great Flood of 1993, which overwhelmed levees along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, the City of St. Louis and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers celebrated the completion of the St. Louis Flood Protection Reconstruction Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 14.
  • August

    AmeriCorps volunteers rejuvenate Chief Illini Trail: Partnership helps revitalize nationally-recognized trail network

    Popular recreational areas are often victims of their own success and need a little TLC to bring them back to full usefulness. Chief Illini Trail is among the more popular trails in the St. Louis District, but the effects of literally millions of visitors over the years were beginning to show. A new partnership and the hard work of dedicated volunteers are helping restore the popular trails. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the water and land around Lake Shelbyville, a multipurpose reservoir in central Illinois fed by the Kaskaskia River. The area is popular with campers, hunters and boaters, and a source of pride to the surrounding community.
  • July

    Wappapello Lake Water Safety Success Story

    Park Ranger John Daves assisted two individuals who were having trouble in the water at Wappapello Lake, July 12. Park Ranger John Daves heard a yell for help and spotted two individuals struggling in the water at Wappapello Lake. Daves immediately ran toward the beach and instructed other swimmers in the area to throw something that floats to the individuals in trouble as he controlled a crowd of people who wanted to go in and help.
  • Kids Explore Archaeology At Summer Camp

    College for Kids is a summer camp program offered by the Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. The program this year included a camp titled Can You Dig It? Adventures in Dirt, which was held at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, Missouri. This camp was designed to teach children about careers like archaeology that involve outdoor adventures and getting dirty. Riverlands staff partnered with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, Center for American Archaeology, Principia College, and Cahokia Mounds to provide this year’s participants with a fun and educational experience.
  • Newest Corps vessel honors river innovator

    Mentor, river man, devoted family man… innovator. These are all words that are used to describe the late Thomas George, master of the St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dredge Potter. During his time with Corps, George worked diligently to bring to life an innovation that will improve versatility and provide ecological benefits from routine maintenance dredging on the Mississippi River. The Corps’ District team recognized his efforts when the M/V Thomas N. George, a specialized barge that completes his vision, was christened in a ceremony July 15 on the Mississippi River at the Corps’ St. Louis Service Base.
  • May

    A Walk Through Time - 2012 Wappapello Lake Periodic Inspection

    ince I was young, I have gazed in wonder at the Wappapello gatehouse. I have seen larger structures, but this one was built near my childhood home during the Depression era by locals. I never thought that one day I, too, would step back into time and experience what these men saw during the genesis of this project.
  • Today’s Life Jacket: Style, Variety and Comfort

    Most boaters know they’re required to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for every passenger on their boat. Boating safety advocates recommend that all boaters and passengers not only have a life jacket, but ‘Wear It!’ at all times while boating.
  • April

    Engineers build on experiences overseas

    Employees of the St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have deployed around the nation in support of natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the 2011 Mississippi River flood and Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. But often the need for the nation’s engineers takes them overseas for a new experience.
  • Dinosaur loans and crowd-sourcing archaeology: How Army archaeology supports historic preservation and modern education

    In an unassuming office in St. Louis, Dr. Michael “Sonny” Trimble and his team are working to get a 66-million-year-old, seven ton tyrannosaurus safely packed and moved cross country. This effort is just one part of a greater undertaking to preserve and share America’s cultural and natural history.
  • March

    Federal partners ask for public comments on wildlife refuge habitat restoration plan

    Huddled around a small conference table at the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Annada, Mo., March 4, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the public discussed a draft plan to improve the wetland ecosystem of the entire 3,750-acre refuge.
  • February

    Kaskaskia Eagle Fest a success

    Nearly 300 people braved the cold and ice Feb. 1 for the 4th Annual Kaskaskia Eagle Fest at the Kaskaskia Lock & Dam in Modoc, Ill.