Author: Romanda Walker
  • July

    St. Louis District has recreation for everyone

    St. Louis District recreation sites provide a diverse range of outdoor recreational activities that promote a healthy lifestyle to those who visit every year, with the commitment to providing visitors a safe, fun and secure experience. Each year, the St. Louis District hosts millions of visitors who come to enjoy the many recreational opportunities available at our rivers and lakes. Whether it is fishing, camping, boating, picnicking, swimming, sight-seeing, bird watching, hunting, or a variety of other recreation activities, we have something for you.
  • May

    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

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • November

    Lasting partnerships coming together at the confluence of America’s great rivers

    For some visitors, it may appear the concrete and steel chambers jetting into the waters of the Mississippi River at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam seem to divide the river, cutting into the water, separating the channel and creating a barrier for wildlife.