New England News Releases

City of New Haven seeks USACE permit for proposed work in waters of New Haven Harbor
2/27/2024
 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the City of New Haven Engineering Department for proposed work...
USACE seeks comments on proposed work in Prospect Reservoir in Prospect, Connecticut
2/27/2024
 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the South-Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority for...
Town of Temple seeks permit for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook off Mitchell Brook Road in Maine
2/15/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Town of Temple for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook...

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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

San Antonio’s Westside Creeks: Reaching for Ecosystem Sustainability
2/20/2024
Mention Westside Creeks to most people in Texas and you will get that bewildered “what did you say?” sideways glance, wanting more information to know what is being referenced. But speak the same to...
15th Anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson": A Tribute to Heroism and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Critical Role
1/17/2024 UPDATED
New York City, NY- On January 15, 2024, we marked the 15th anniversary of an event that has become emblematic of extraordinary heroism and survival - the "Miracle on the Hudson." This day in 2009...
Record turnout, eagle sightings during annual eagle surveys at two USACE lakes
1/16/2024
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at Abiquiu Lake, N.M., and John Martin Reservoir, Colo., recently held mid-winter bald eagle surveys where volunteers and USACE staff counted eagles to help get...

Feature Stories

Boy Scout Completes River Trail Parking Lot Upgrades

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District
Published Dec. 30, 2014
A completed project, from left to right: Troop 161 Scoutmaster Bruce Sutter, Scouts Ryan Campbell, Chris Sutter, Tim Taudel, Ben Ouellette, and troop Committee chair Dave Ouellette (standing) around the newly installed water trail map and kiosk.

A completed project, from left to right: Troop 161 Scoutmaster Bruce Sutter, Scouts Ryan Campbell, Chris Sutter, Tim Taudel, Ben Ouellette, and troop Committee chair Dave Ouellette (standing) around the newly installed water trail map and kiosk.

Completed project area showing newly installed wood posts and rails along with new lawn area. Newly installed Kiosk (side view) is third in row.

Completed project area showing newly installed wood posts and rails along with new lawn area. Newly installed Kiosk (side view) is third in row.

Sturbridge Boy Scout Chris Sutter has taken a major step towards earning the rank of Eagle Scout by completing his required service project -- making upgrades and repairs to the Quinebaug River water trail and Lake Siog Pass hiking trail head parking lot located at 20 Pond Bridge Road in Holland, Massachusetts.

This trail head parking lot is owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the town of Holland Trail Committee and The Last Green Valley. This trail head parking lot is the start of the 5-mile section of the nationally designated recreational  Quinebaug River Water Trail, and the starting point for the 2-mile Lake Siog Pass hiking trail that connects to the Grand Trunk Trail, a part of the regional 66-mile Titanic Rail Trail. Sutter's project, which took a little more than four Saturdays to complete, included brush and invasive plant removal, creation of a 40' x 25' grassed canoe and kayak set out area, sign relocation, and installation of 50 feet of wooden guard rail and an interpretive kiosk. Sutter was assisted by family and friends along with members of Boy Scout Troop 161 of Sturbridge.

Park Ranger Tom Chamberland, who worked with Sutter as the project collaborator, said, "because of the varied nature of this project, Chris was challenged to make sure all aspects of this project came together on one completion day. He was determined to see that that this project was finished this year and not carried over into next spring. The new guard rail looks great and the newly installed lawn area will create a safe area for water trail users to set and prepare to launch without being in the way of traffic using the parking lot. I congratulate Chris on a job well done."

The guard rail, loam, seed and new signs were supplied by the Corps of Engineers. The new interpretive panel and trail map for the Quinebaug River water trail kiosk was provided by The Last Green Valley.

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