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

Leaders celebrate virtual training facility completion at Nellis
6/14/2024 UPDATED
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – As the American Anthem concluded, two Navy F-35 flew over the crowd, marking the beginning of the Digital Test and Training Range ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 at...
Get Ready for Hurricane Season! Galveston District Holds Hurricane Prep Exercise
6/14/2024 UPDATED
The Galveston District routinely conducts hurricane preparedness exercises in efforts to continuously execute their mission should the need arise. The district has been instrumental in hurricane and...
USACE Design Branch Chief earns Connolly Award
6/27/2024
SAVANNAH, Ga. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Design Branch Chief, Kate Dixon, was presented the 2024 James Connolly Award during the Society of American Military Engineers...

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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