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  • November

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers biologist shows value of fieldwork in higher education

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boasts a highly educated staff. In the Buffalo District alone, employees collectively have over 60 different types of certifications, more than 30 master’s degrees, and four doctorate degrees. Buffalo District biologist Kathleen Buckler recently obtained a Master of Science degree in Wetland Ecology from SUNY Brockport and is already using her education on the job.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Chief of Counsel Retiring

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Chief of Counsel Michelle Barczak is retiring after 33 years of Federal service.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District is Active in Urban Search and Rescue

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 30 volunteers in the Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) program and five of the volunteers reside within the Buffalo District. The cadre of Structures Specialists provide technical expertise in the area of structural engineering. The deployment of Structures Specialists is imperative in disaster situations in which disaster victims may be trapped in collapsed buildings and rescuers require assistance with securing safe access to locate them.
  • October

    Corps of Engineers Project Management Chief deploying to Afghanistan

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Project Management Chief Tom LaVean is deploying to Afghanistan on October 30, 2016. This is Mr. LaVean’s third civilian deployment since starting with the Corps of Engineers in 2009.
  • Dive school prepares Corps of Engineers for high-risk projects

    Two employees from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District staff recently completed dive school at the Sonny Carter Training Facility at NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, TX. For Safety Manager William Pioli, taking the one-week course was a refresher course required for his position, but for engineer Brian Dockstader, his three-week course provided specialized training to work on construction sites that require diving expertise.
  • Sediment transport modeling is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers critical skillset

    The Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District is poised to assist state and local resource agencies in evaluating their watershed planning needs and alternatives for soil conservation and non-point source pollution prevention. If your organization would like to learn more, of get involved with the program contact: 716-879-4488 or Michael.E.Voorhees@usace.army.mil or visit our web page: http://www.lrb.usace.army.mil/Missions/Interagency-Support/Sediment/
  • Former U.S. Army 10th Mountain soldiers now leading the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes region

    COL Drew, LTC Czekanski, and LTC Sugrue each wear the unit patch of the 10th Mountain Division on the right arm of their uniform, signifying their time with the Division during tours of duty in combat. It is symbol of their commitment to protect our Nation in a time of war, a commitment they continue today serving with the Corps of Engineers during a time of peace.
  • September

    Corps of Engineers completes a major dike repair effort in Buffalo Outer Harbor

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District recently completed repairs to a confined disposal facility (CDF) at the Buffalo Outer Harbor, Buffalo, NY.
  • Corps provides update on Smokes Creek flood mapping

    USACE Buffalo District staff members Laura Ortiz, Paul Cocca, and Bob Remmers met with reporter Erica Brecher from WGRZ, Channel 2 on Wednesday, August 31 to discuss the role of the Corps in the multiagency flood mapping effort involving the Smokes Creek Flood Control Project in Lackawanna, NY.
  • August

    USACE launches annual flood fight team training program

    A common mantra of the military is “be prepared” and the same applies to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civilian personnel. To maintain an elevated level of preparedness, the Emergency Management Office of the Buffalo District provided a training class for the organization’s Flood Fight Team this month.
  • June

    Safety Day highlights summer safety, engages families

    When it comes to safety, engaging employees on a regular basis and encourage them to share that information with family members, save lives and grows a strong community. Which is why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District safety office combined the Safety Day with the annual Corps Day events.
  • Water safety reminder comes as warm weather begins

    It is still a few week away from the official start of summer, but across the Great Lakes warm weather has already arrived putting boaters and swimmers back in the water; and members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District on the water safety offensive.
  • May

    USACE Buffalo District Biologist Selected to Assist Research Lab

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Biologist Melissa Tarasiewicz has been selected to assist with the development and management of the National Wetland Plant List (NWPL) at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Hanover NH.
  • Soo Locks Maintenance Crew Arrives to Work on Black Rock Lock

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District maintenance crew dedicated to the Soo Locks, located at Sault Ste. Marie in the upper peninsula of Michigan, have arrived at the Buffalo District to repair a portion of the 100-year old Black Rock Lock, Buffalo, NY.
  • USACE Buffalo District Biologists Repair Common Tern Nesting Habitat

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Environmental Analysis Biologists Richard Ruby and Jay Miller, along with the Floating Plant Crew captained by Tim Colburn, were at the Ashtabula Harbor east breakwater, Ashtabula Ohio, May 4 repairing storm-damaged common tern (Sterna hirundo) habitat.
  • April

    USACE Buffalo District Biologists Get Kids Excited About Wetland Ecology

    U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Biologists Heather Adams and Dave Leput engaged students at Buffalo’s Lydia T. Wright Middle School in wetland ecology during the school’s second annual Job Fair April 26.
  • USACE Engineers Provide Valuable Insights to High School Students

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District engineers, with vastly different education and work backgrounds, teamed up to deliver valuable industry exposure to Niagara Falls High School science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) soon-to-be graduates, April 21.
  • Black Rock Lock Welcomes the First Barge of the Season

    The towboat “Calusa Coast” picked a glorious day to usher the “Delaware” on her maiden voyage through the Black Rock Lock May 20th.
  • USACE Leader Provides a Unique Engineering Perspective to High School Students

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District Environmental Branch Chief David Frothingham addressed a large group of French Studies students from Buffalo Public Schools Hutchinson Central Technical, Buffalo, NY, April 5.
  • Presque Isle Spring Beach Walk Shows Significant Erosion

    Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District, the Presque Isle Advisory Committee, the Park Operations Manager, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) gathered March 30th to walk the entire length of Presque Isle’s western beach to assess the condition of the beach ahead of the summer swimming season.