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  • September

    Braddock Bay Restoration: The last piece of the Rochester Embayment AOC puzzle

    To address the gradual loss of a historic barrier beach and the erosion of over 100 acres of wetlands at Lake Ontario’s Braddock Bay, a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project team has implemented Engineering With Nature principles to provide a sustainable restoration solution. This project completed the last management action necessary for the future delisting of the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern.
  • New BFDF Building Underway

    The LRB Special Project Branch was retained by Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) to initially prepare site planning/Charrette level documents for the construction of an office building to alleviate over-crowding within the ICE law department, otherwise known as Office of the Principal Legal Advisor or OPLA. The new office space required offices, cubicles, conference room and mechanical/IT rooms. Multiple building solutions were presented and evaluated over a six-month period. A stand-alone building in a vacant area adjacent to the newly constructed warehouse proved to be the most economical solution to the problem.
  • August

    Canandaigua VA Medical Center Mega Project will deliver vital healthcare services to veterans

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Veterans Affairs are partners in delivering the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Mega Project, providing a state-of-the-art medical facility and health care service infrastructure to approximately 65,000 veterans living in and around the greater Canandaigua, NY area.
  • Setting the stage for future beneficial use of dredged materials in the Great Lakes

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District began implementing an innovative project for aquatic ecosystem restoration along the Niagara River in summer 2018 by using a resource that is abundantly available to the agency: dredged sediment.
  • July

    Buffalo District and Cory the Tugboat teach water safety at the Bornhava school

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District procurement technician Jean Brockner and her friend, Cory the Tugboat, visited the Bornhava school's Vehicle Day, July 26, 2018, educating kids and adults on water safety.
  • Buffalo District and partners sign Cleveland Huletts agreement

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District, Cleveland Port Authority, and several Cleveland preservation groups signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) June 1, 2018, resolving 20 years of debate over dredging the Cleveland Bulk Terminal and its impact on the Cleveland Huletts.
  • June

    Buffalo native species of sub-aquatic vegetation returning to Buffalo River after over a century

    An old commercial stretch along the Buffalo River is getting a serious environmental makeover, thanks to the Corps of Engineers Buffalo District and their contractor, L.D.C. Construction.
  • USACE Buffalo District employee raises disability awareness through volunteer work

    Karen Keil, Buffalo District Environmental Toxicologist, performed with the Gliding Stars of Western New York as a volunteer assistant skater at its 14th annual ice show at the Northtown Center in Amherst, NY, Apr. 14, 2018.
  • Seneca Bluffs ecosystem restoration project ready for native species planting phase this summer

    The Corps of Engineers ecosystem restoration project at Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park, along the Buffalo River in South Buffalo, is approaching its final phase. The project team will plant native riverbank plant species to replace the invasive species like Japanese knotweed and phragmites removed last year.
  • May

    Buffalo District sends good wishes to Patti McKenna

    Longtime Buffalo District employee Patti McKenna is officially retiring at the end of June 2018, after 35 years of outstanding service to the District. Her retirement party will be held on June 28.
  • Facilities Engineering training prepares USACE Buffalo District for long-term facilities planning

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District held Advanced Facilities Engineering training (known as FE-302) at the District headquarters, May 7-11, 2018, in order to increase facility lifecycle efficiencies and save taxpayer dollars.
  • April

    USACE Buffalo District springs into April with 4 project ceremonies

    In just a matter of two weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District has already participated in four project ceremonies, foreshadowing what the district expects to be a busy spring and summer in 2018.
  • March

    Ever-active USACE Buffalo District dive team inspects Guajataca Dam in Puerto Rico

    Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in late Sept. 2017. While the majority of sustained news media coverage was concerned with power restoration, there were countless other blows to critical infrastructure resulting from the storm; the 90-year-old dam in Guajataca was one such structure.
  • USACE works with Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Cuyahoga River bank stabilization

    National Parks in the U.S. are popular tourist destinations. Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, for example, had over 2.2 million visitors in 2017. National Parks are set aside for us to appreciate nature’s beauty, and guests who visit these areas expect to see healthy wildlife, lush vegetation and clean waters. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is within the Cuyahoga River Watershed, which drains about 809 square miles, split right down the center by the Cuyahoga River; the river is one of the park’s most important natural assets.
  • Government agencies collaborate to restore coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes

    Sometimes, when people at different levels of government put their minds together, good things happen.Take what’s going on at Port Clinton, Ohio, where the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the City of Port Clinton, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have joined together to restore 12 acres and add another 1.4 acres of coastal wetlands on Lake Erie.
  • February

    USACE Buffalo District engineer visits his project after more than 30 years in retirement

    Retired former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Design Chief Joseph Foley tours the Eisenhower and Snell Navigation Locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Aug. 2017.
  • January

    Life-saving skills are the calling card for USACE Buffalo District’s Jean Brockner

    Ms. Brockner’s selfless heroism is known in the Western New York community and deservedly, she’s been previously recognized for assisting others in critical need.
  • December

    The value of Value Engineering in USACE projects

    The Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 1121, 1711), requires each executive agency to establish and maintain cost-effective VE procedures and processes. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-131 requires Federal agencies to apply VE procedures to all new projects and programs with estimated costs of at least $5 million or such lower dollar threshold as determined by the Senior Accountable Official and identified in the agency's VE guidelines. For USACE, any project of $2 million or above must go through the VE process.
  • USACE Buffalo District shows the spirit of giving this holiday season

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a premiere engineering organization that performs a host of critical services and manages projects from maintaining dams, operating locks, dredging waterways, to restoring ecosystems. However, at this time of year, the USACE Buffalo District is focused on a different type of project—spreading joy in the community.
  • October

    Piping Plover returning to Presque Isle State Park reflects power of federal and state partnerships

    Having been absent from Presque Isle State Park for over 50 years, the endangered Piping Plover has made a modest, yet significant return to the Park.