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...

Top Rotator

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

ERDC program aims to geospatially map complex, rapidly changing cold regions terrain
1/22/2024
The U.S. Army Engineer and Research Development Center’s (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) recently hosted a defense resiliency program meeting in Hanover, New Hampshire,...
District experts host virtual public flood awareness workshop
1/3/2024
The Los Angeles District used a virtual community outreach forum Dec. 14 for public stakeholders to participate in the 2023 Los Angeles River Flood Awareness Workshop...
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

May 2015 Employee Spotlight: Grace Bowles, Engineering/Planning Division

New England District
Published April 29, 2015
Grace Bowles, Engineering/Planning is the Yankee Engineer's Employee Spotlight for May 2015.

Grace Bowles, Engineering/Planning is the Yankee Engineer's Employee Spotlight for May 2015.

Catherine (Grace) Bowles is a biologist working in the Environmental Resources Section (ERS), Evaluation Branch, Engineering/Planning Division.  She is a graduate from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia and has been with the District for the past four and a half years.

Her duties include writing environmental assessments for the District’s navigation projects and coordinating with state and federal agencies on those projects.  She is currently assisting Planning Division on the Long Island Sound Dredged Material Management Plan.  “In the summer I am usually out in the field for the water quality program taking samples and electroshocking for fish habitat studies,” she said.

In addition to her work in Engineering/Planning, Bowles also serves on the Work Environment Association (WEA) and is the New England District’s Black History Month Program Coordinator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. 

Bowles was recently named WEA’s employee of the month for February 2015.  She received the honor for taking the initiative to provide bagel and coffee breakfasts to the workforce for several weeks leading up to this year’s holiday parties.  According to Greg Penta, Regulatory Division and the team member who nominated Bowles, providing breakfast involved purchasing bagels on her own time every morning before work twice per week, setting up and cleaning.  “This effort raised hundreds of dollars for the WE Committee’s employee fund,” he said. “In addition, by providing breakfast and coffee when there is no other means to obtain breakfast at Concord Park, she contributed towards the accomplishment of NAE’s mission by enhancing the morale and welfare of the District workforce.”

Bowles’ annual International Breakfast is a quality event with a tremendous investment of her own time, according to Penta.  In addition, she frequently supports her fellow coworkers by volunteering to assist with many WE Committee events, and always strives to ensure quality execution, which sets a positive example for the District.

Based on all she enjoys doing for the New England District Team, her answer about her favorite thing about working for New England District is no surprise.  “The people,” she said.  “My co-workers are excellent teachers, motivators and friends.”

When she’s not at work, Bowles is an avid camper, hiker and cat friend maker.


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