West Thompson Lake celebrates 50 years with ceremony, displays and tours
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, completed the West Thompson Lake Dam to keep the citizens of Connecticut safe from devastating floods. On Oct. 3, residents traveled to the project to commemorate its construction and to celebrate the faithful service it has provided. Project Manager Ed Greenough served as Master of Ceremonies for the West Thompson Dam celebration. Nearly 200 people braved the cold temperatures and cloudy skies to be a part of the event.
Northfield Brook Lake Dam holds 50th Anniversary celebration
It was fitting that it rained at Northfield Brook in Thomaston, Connecticut during the flood damage reduction project’s 50th anniversary celebration on Oct. 3. Fitting because rain is the reason why this project came to be built. “This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1955,” said Project Manager Vincent Gualtieri during the opening of the official ceremony, held under one of the project’s large shelters.
New England District, volunteers celebrate National Public Lands Day
Several New England District recreation sites held celebrations of volunteerism with National Public Lands Day events in September. The dams at West Hill, Buffumville Lake, Hodges Village and Black Rock all held celebrations. “National Public Lands Day is an event that is held annually in September,” said Steven Stockton, P.E., Director of Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “Its purpose is to showcase the nation’s public lands and emphasize the importance of protecting natural resources through responsible use and volunteerism.”
Cape Cod Canal personnel hire goats to 'dine' on invasive plants at the Railroad Bridge
When people visit the Cape Cod Canal they expect to see some pretty amazing things – the occasional whale or seal passing through the water, birds, squirrels and so on. Goats are typically not on that list; however, a small herd of goats were seen at the Canal in September snacking on the vegetation on the south side of the Railroad Bridge at the tidal flats recreation area.
West Hill Dam hosts Butterfly Story Walk
Butterflies are fascinating to adults and children alike. Their fluttering wings bring giggles from children and smiles from adults. West Hill Dam, in conjunction with the Building Bridges Community Outreach for Early Education Program and the Uxbridge Police Department Interagency Office, held a Monarch Story Walk Sept. 13 at the dam.

Who We Are

New England District is responsible for managing the Corps' civil works and military program responsibilities in a 66,000-square-mile region encompassing the six New England states east of the Lake Champlain drainage basin.

The region has:

  • 6,100 miles of coastline
  • 171 harbors with Corps improvements
  • 13 deep draft commercial waterways
  • 13 major river basins
  • thousands of miles of rivers and streams

The District employs about 500 professional civilian employees, with several military officers serving in key management positions. Seventy-five percent of the staff is stationed at the Concord, Mass., headquarters, while the others serve at Corps projects and area offices throughout the region.

The missions of the New England District are many and varied. They include:


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Cover of the 2014 Year In Review of the Yankee Engineer depicting a tall ship docked in the Cape Cod Canal.