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

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5/26/2024
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It could have been so much worse: How the Pittsburgh District prevented six feet of water from reaching downtown
5/24/2024
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Corps installs navigation safety signs for upcoming demolition of 117-year-old dam on Monongahela River
6/14/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is adding navigation safety signs and buoys upstream and downstream of Monongahela River Locks and Dam 3 to warn boaters and industry of hazardous...

Feature Stories

West Hill Dam Park Rangers spread word about water safety

USACE, New England
Published June 6, 2016
Tristyn and Rowan Woodall demonstrate proper water safety techniques.

Tristyn and Rowan Woodall demonstrate proper water safety techniques.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Chief of Engineers, has made it no secret that one of his priorities is Water Safety.  Just last March, the Corps of Engineers launched a new water safety campaign titled, “Life Jackets Worn, Nobody Mourns,” citing the extreme dangers of not wearing a life jacket in or on the water.

In New England, the District’s recreational facilities hold many water safety programs for the public throughout the year and Park Rangers will often take the Corps water safety message to schools and other events.  Such was a case when West Hill Dam Park Rangers Viola Bramel and Ronald Woodall represented the District at the Annual Kids Family Resource Fair in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, on March 19.  Over 1,300 people attended the event.  West Hill Dam brought on the Water Safety message full force with a self-standing selfie water safety cut out display, kayaks and life jackets. Many of the attendees stopped by the Corps’ Water Safety exhibit to take pictures, sit in the kayaks and to get information about water safety.  Bramel and Woodall also touched upon the “Every Kid in a Park” program as well as an introduction to the Corps and the Junior Ranger Program.  Both Park Rangers were available to answer questions.           

The Park Ranger’s commitment to Water Safety doesn’t stay at work.  Woodall’s two children, son Tristyn 4, and daughter Rowan 2, were at the Fair and modeled life jackets and sat in kayaks to demonstrate proper water safety techniques.  “Tristyn has been a big water safety advocate for years now,” said Woodall.  “He will actively engage strangers and their kids at the beach and ask why they aren’t wearing life jackets!”

For more information on the Corps of Engineers’ Water Safety Program, go to http://watersafety.usace.army.mil.


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