New England News Releases

USACE hosts open house August 1 in Oxford, Mass., for Hodges Village Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house August 1, 2024, in Oxford, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1976 Hodges Village Dam Master Plan for the Hodges...
USACE hosts open house July 31 in Monson, Mass., for Conant Brook Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 31, 2024, in Monson, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1998 Conant Brook Dam Master Plan for the Conant...
USACE hosts open house July 30 in Uxbridge, Mass., for West Hill Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 30, 2024, in Uxbridge, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 2011 West Hill Dam Master Plan for the West Hill...

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Local bird watchers descended upon West Hill Dam armed with pen, paper and a few binoculars to participate in West Hill Dam’s annual Backyard Bird Count.
Construction of the System Management Engineering Facility (SMEF), the 40,000 square foot, 2-story addition, is well underway and progressing rapidly.
For vessels wanting to enter Plymouth waters, dredging to remove shoals from the Plymouth Harbor federal navigation project in Massachusetts is currently underway and on schedule.

News From Around the Corps

Resource Management director receives national award
6/18/2024
McCullough received the Chapter Leadership Award from the American Society of Military Comptroller Awards Program in Phoenix, Arizona, May 30...
Savannah District advances safety initiatives with CE-SOHMS progress
6/26/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District has reached a major milestone with the completion of phase two of the Corps of Engineers Safety and Occupational Health Management System...
Huntsville Center hosts justice department training
6/27/2024
Throughout the training, old case studies were used to show the participants real examples and demonstrate the importance of reporting to the proper authorities...

Feature Stories

Site visits, briefings keep North Atlantic Division Commander busy

Brig. Gen. William Graham, North Atlantic Division Commander gets a tour and briefing of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence, Rhode Island on November 29, 2016.

Brig. Gen. William Graham, North Atlantic Division Commander gets a tour and briefing of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence, Rhode Island on November 29, 2016.

Brig. Gen. William Graham, North Atlantic Division Commander, visited the New England District to meet customers, go on site visits and to get informational briefings from District team members. 

The General’s first stop was to West Hill Dam in Uxbridge, Massachusetts on the West River.  The project was built as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Diane in August 1955.   The storm resulted in 90 lives lost and more than $540 million in damages.  Completed in 1961 at a cost of $2.3 million, the West Hill Dam has prevented $96.6 million in flood damages.  Dave Margolis, Acting Chief, Operations, Eric Pedersen, Deputy Chief, Operations, Basin Manager Adam Durando and Project Manager Joe Zanca were on hand to brief the General and answer questions.

From West Hill Dam, Brig. Gen. Graham visited the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence, Rhode Island.  Margolis, Sean McDonald, Cape Cod Canal Manager, and John McPherson, Assistant Canal Manager, gave the General a tour of the barrier and provided a briefing on the project.

Fox Point Hurricane Barrier is one of three hurricane barriers owned and operated by the District. Fox Point was built as a result of damages caused by the September 1944 hurricane that had the greatest known energy of any recorded storm along the Atlantic Coast. Fox Point was designed to withstand a storm of the magnitude of that hurricane.  The barrier was constructed at a cost of $15 million and was placed into service in 1966.  To date, the barrier has prevented over $3 million in damages.

During a working lunch, Larry Oliver and John Kennelly, Planning Division, presented an overview of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.

Brig. Gen. Graham spent the rest of his first day with a visit to the Armed Forces Center in Warwick, Rhode Island with Anne Kosel, Chief of Real Estate and Peter Quinn, Recruiting Team Leader.

Leadership Development Program (LDP) review by Stephen Dunbar was followed by a round table discussion with LDP members.  Later in the morning, the General traveled to the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston, Massachusetts, before heading to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for an afternoon of meetings and seminars.

On this last day in New England, Brig. Gen. Graham received a briefing by Dan Stenstream on the MIT/Lincoln Labs project and a briefing Cori Rose and Alan Anachecka-Nasemann on the District's Regulatory Program.  Brig. Gen. Graham 's final stop before returning to Fort Hamilton, New York, was to meet with the Massachusetts Port Authority (MASSPORT) where he received a Boston Harbor Dredging briefing and an overview presentation and a tour of the Conley Container Terminal.

The LDP members that shadowed the general during his visit were Bob Garrahan, Ben Emery, Mike Boirdi, Kim Russell and Maureen Davi.


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