• March

    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.
  • January

    Scouting for Eagles at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam

    More than 200 Scouts from the St. Louis Metro region grabbed their binoculars and gathered Saturday at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Ill., for the annual “Scouting for Eagles” event. Hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows were a must as Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts rotated through five stations where they learned about the behavior, nesting habits, migration paths and adaptations that help our national symbol, the bald eagle survive the wild.
  • December

    Rend Lake's 2013 Accessible Deer Hunt, a success

    Cold rain fell on November 22 in the Dale Miller campsites of Rend Lake, Ill. It was the first day of firearm deer hunting in Illinois and supposed to be a weekend of hunting made more accessible for disabled hunters.
  • November

    Planning, Partners, Passion result in National honors to US Army Corps civilian planner upon retirement

    Jim Hill, Operations Manager on the Kaskaskia River Project in Southern Illinois, and nationally recognized master planning expert within the Corps of Engineers, has retired after 32 years of federal public service. Hill was presented the prestigious de Fleury Bronze Medal at retirement ceremonies in St. Louis.
  • October

    Veteran’s research shows new value for old maps

    The tables of the Veterans Curation Program lab in St. Louis are usually covered in artifacts and documents from the vast archaeological collections of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps has a responsibility to preserve cultural resources of the nation, and the three Veterans Curation Program labs have employed and trained more than 120 veterans in archiving and digitizing the Corps’ huge collection of materials since 2009.
  • August

    USACE volunteer professionals provide TAA surge

    There are few organizations with the means and resources to supply highly trained, skilled and enthusiastic professionals to a remote location on a short notice when a need is identified. Fortunately for Transatlantic Afghanistan District, USACE is an organization with a deep pool of talent from which to draw while working to deliver critical infrastructure for the Afghan people. Mark Jones, TAA Engineering and Construction Division Chief, explained the need at TAA and the solution.