Archive: 2017
  • 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.
  • The value of training federal employees: My Puerto Rico story

    The feature story provides a personal anecdote about the specialized training a public affairs specialist received, while showing how that training was applied to a real life scenario working in Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria.
  • 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.
  • November

    USACE IA team inspires young interpreter’s career plans

    After Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was tasked to assist with inspecting and evaluating the damage to the island’s schools. While inspecting a school in Coamo in the southern part of the island, the Infrastructure Assessment team left a lasting impression on one particular student.
  • Diving in the St. Lawrence River to better understand Lake Erie and Ontario

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District Dive Team, accompanied by USACE Detroit District Hydraulic Engineers, traveled north to the St. Lawrence River and installed an Acoustic Doppler Velocity Meter (ADVM) 4-miles upstream of Morristown, New York.
  • USACE Buffalo District delivers in Fiscal Year 2017

    During Fiscal Year 2017 the USACE, Buffalo District delivered $92.3 million worth of programs, contributing to the Army Corps of Engineers mission success, while delivering on promises to District stakeholders.
  • October

    USACE Buffalo District Provides Valuable Flood Management Services

    The importance of sensible floodplain management cannot be overstated, especially given the extreme damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, flash floods in 2009, and the recent slew of hurricanes that have battered the southeast United States and outlying islands.
  • 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.
  • Combating the flu with a quick shot

    It is that time of year when the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone receives an annual flu shot.
  • September

    Using remote technical review collaboration to ensure successful project delivery

    In the design of engineering products, a critical component is collaboration, whether it’s at the initial design phase or the final review before the project is posted for bid.
  • Will your project pass a USACE permit compliance inspection?

    When you buy a car and register it at the Department of Motor vehicles, that’s not the last thing you ever have to do with your car. In New York State, for example, vehicle owners are required to get an inspection annually. Ignoring the law and not getting an inspection can result in a fine or even lead to the owner having to turn in the license plates and take the car off the road. Similarly, obtaining a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a project is subject to follow-up compliance inspections, and permittees are expected to construct and maintain an approved project according to the terms and conditions of the permit issued.
  • Determining the return on investment of Civil Works projects: A look behind the scenes

    BUFFALO, NY—A team of economists and analysts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources, Michigan State University and the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science met with the Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District at the Buffalo District headquarters in August 2017 to review the Regional Economic System (RECONS) model, which is a program used to assess the regional, state, and national impacts of projects.
  • August

    Corps of Engineers does its part to protect federal assets domestically and abroad

    BUFFALO, NY—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carried out four major facility conditions assessments at U.S. military installations in South Korea in late June 2017, under an agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency in place since 2009.
  • Herbicide treatment of invasive Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake completed near Aurora, NY

    BUFFALO, NY—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District completed a scheduled herbicide treatment of the invasive Hydrilla plant in Cayuga Lake near Aurora, NY in late July 2017, having previously conducted a plant survey in the location the last week of June and again on July 17, 2017.
  • U.S. Military Academy and Corps of Engineers join forces to protect turtles

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager Chris Akios joined forces with West Point’s Natural Resource Manager Christopher Pray to conduct a survey of two turtle species throughout the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) installation, West Point, NY.
  • July

    Parma, Ohio sees the benefits of the Ohio Environmental Infrastructure Program firsthand

    BUFFALO, NY—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District met with local sponsors in Parma, Ohio July 19, 2017 for a kickoff meeting regarding a sanitary relief system project to be constructed in a residential area near Broadrock Court in Parma (see VIDEO).
  • Gauging who does what: USACE, NOAA and how the Great Lakes water levels are measured

    The 2017 spring and summer flooding event along Lake Ontario garnered considerable media and
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District performs project condition surveys for three Alaskan harbors

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Survey Team conducted project condition surveys (PCS) for the Alaska District in Southeast Alaska from June 5, 2017 through June 16, 2017, covering the Aurora and Harris harbors in Juneau, and the North Harbor in Petersburg.
  • June

    Army Corps of Engineers dive team returns from South Korea after inspecting dock at Pier 8

    Two members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District dive team traveled to Busan, South Korea to inspect a joint base dock at Pier 8, shared by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and South Korean military on May 30, 2017 and returned on June 9, 2017.
  • Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander shows leadership by engaging students

    The Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski visited his alma mater, Silver Creek Central School in June. The visit was part of his ongoing commitment to community outreach with the purpose of showing what the Buffalo District can do to help positively impact local villages, towns and cities within its footprint.