News Stories

Author: James D'Ambrosio
  • June

    Army Corps Partners with Academia to Collect Data for Coastal Programs

    The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Inlets Research Program (a team of scientists and engineers studying waves, current, sediment transport and sea-floor change at or near inlets) and James Madison University are collaborating on the new Sand Snap initiative to collect beach sediment data (sand grains) by engaging citizen scientists in data collection. The U.S. Geological Service, Marda Science, LLC, and Sea Grant are also contributing to the program.
  • July

    District Shares Water-Resource Missions at Waterfront Festival

    The New York District participated in the 12th Annual City of Water Day, a free harbor-wide event with a variety of activities celebrating some 1,600 miles of coastline in the New York region. Sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, a nonprofit agency advocating public involvement in water-based activities, the event brought together the public, water enthusiasts and families interested in harbor activities amid a carnival-like atmosphere with water as the main attraction.
  • May

    Home Relocations Make Way For Coastal Restoration Project, Dunes

    Thinking about physically relocating a home often conjures up images of a huge structure on a flatbed truck with a police escort and the words “Wide-Load” emblazoned on the back. This spring, the New York District is relocating several homes a much shorter distance (20-40 feet), but it’s a no less complicated task.
  • New York District Looks Out For Threatened Species While Executing Critical Missions

    On a blustery spring morning, Jeffrey Fry, a biologist in New York District’s Environmental Analysis Branch, Planning Division, travels to Great Kills Park on the south shore of Staten Island, with binoculars, spotting scope (a portable high-power telescope), field guide and waterproof boots.
  • March

    Career Fair Draws Interest, Job Offers Extended

    With the New York District below full staffing levels largely due to a wave of retirements, Commander Col. Thomas Asbery implemented an innovative method to hire staff more quickly than the usual tedious process, which can take up to 120 days. He found the solution by using the federal government’s Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) and a District career fair.
  • December

    Experience, teamwork aid New York District emergency response to Pacific Ocean Super Typhoon

    Several members of the Army Corps’ New York District’s Critical Public Facilities Team deployed to the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in the North Pacific Ocean. Charged with maintaining life and sustainability functions in federally-declared disaster areas, the team supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency and provided temporary classrooms for 1,500 students. This was done because their schools were severely damaged when 180-MPH winds from Super Typhoon Yutu struck the region in October.
  • New York District Builds Combination of Features to Withstand Force of Atlantic

    Work continues on the District’s Fire Island to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) coastal-storm risk reduction project on Fire Island in Suffolk County repairing a 19-mile stretch of coastline from erosion and damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The $281 million project includes placing seven million cubic yards of sand, demolishing nearly 50 structures, installing more than 40 vehicle and pedestrian crossovers for beach access, building several miles of dunes with plantings, and relocating a water line. FIMI is 100 percent funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (PL 113-2) repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
  • Richard Dabal Earns FEB Chairman’s Award for Valor

    The honor recognizes his participation in Operation United Assistance — providing logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa), helping contain the Ebola virus. His three-month deployment with the District’s Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced (FEST-A) ran from October 2014 - January 2015.
  • USACE New York District Receives Army Superior Unit Ward for Sandy Recovery

    New York District received the Army Superior Unit Award for excellence for response and recovery work after Hurricane Sandy in fall 2012. This prestigious award, established in 1985, is presented in peacetime to a unit of the U.S. Army displaying outstanding performance in a difficult, challenging mission accomplished under extraordinary circumstances.
  • May

    New York District Supports Small Businesses in Greater Metro Area

    New York District’s Deputy for Small Business provides wealth of information and assists small business owners in New York and New Jersey more equitably participate in the federal contracting process.
  • February

    Westhampton Beach Interim Project Update

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, many areas of the New York and New Jersey coastline suffered
  • August

    Army Cadet travels far, learns much during internship at Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

    In summer 2014, Army ROTC cadets interned with the New York District through the Reserve Officers Training Corps’ Cadet Troop Leader Training, providing a variety of leadership experiences prior to the senior year of college.
  • July

    Army Corps of Engineers begins new flood risk reduction project in Port Monmouth, New Jersey

    For nearly a year, the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has been repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy to previously-engineered beaches in New York and New Jersey. Now, restoration has expanded to a new area where the Corps of Engineers hasn’t previously worked ─ Port Monmouth, N.J.
  • March

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins work on Keansburg Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Project

    In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Corps is restoring the Keansburg Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Project through two contracts.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes Jones Inlet Project

    New York District, recently completed the maintenance dredging of nearly 680,000 cubic yards of sand from the Jones Inlet Federal Navigation Channel in Nassau County.
  • New York District personnel visit middle school in lower Manhattan as part of National Engineers Week

    New York District staff, led by Deputy District Commander Lt. Col. John A. Knight, visited The Benjamin Altman School in Lower Manhattan presenting a program on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to nearly 130 fifth-graders.
  • January

    Army Corps of Engineers Continues Restoring Jersey Coast Post-Sandy

    The immense scope of recovery work for the Sea Bright to Manasquan project ─ divided into four contracts totaling $109.2 million ─ is pumping sand onto nearly 18 miles of shoreline with completion planned for spring 2014. A final project, a three-mile stretch from Elberon to Loch Arbour, NJ, is in the planning stage.