New England News Releases

USACE reminds visitors to practice water safety
5/10/2024
As millions of Americans plan visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and...
USACE’s swim beach at Otter Brook Lake permanently closed
5/8/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District announced today that the swim beach at Otter Brook Lake in Keene and Roxbury, N.H., is permanently closed and will not be open to the public when...
USACE hosts open house May 2 in Mansfield Center, Conn., for Mansfield Hollow Lake Master Plan revision
4/19/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house May 2, 2024, in Mansfield Center, Conn., to kick off a process to revise the 1979 Mansfield Hollow Lake Master Plan for...

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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.
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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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5/15/2024
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Louisville District climate team leads the way for climate resilience around the globe
4/22/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District has established a Climate Production Team – the first of its kind at a USACE district – and already, the team’s work is having far-reaching impacts...

Feature Stories

Westville Lake holds annual fishing derby

USACE, New England
Published Sept. 6, 2016
Park Hosts Maria and Dennis Dube, Ted Robbins, Patrick Shull, Sharon Clark, Brenda Goessling and Brian Phelps assist Park Rangers Jean Hixson and Glenna Vitello pass out safety material before the derby.

Park Hosts Maria and Dennis Dube, Ted Robbins, Patrick Shull, Sharon Clark, Brenda Goessling and Brian Phelps assist Park Rangers Jean Hixson and Glenna Vitello pass out safety material before the derby.

Participants of all ages enjoyed fishing at Westville Lake.

Participants of all ages enjoyed fishing at Westville Lake.

This little angler caught her first fish at the derby.

This little angler caught her first fish at the derby.

Local families enjoyed a beautiful morning of fishing at Westville Lake in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, June 18.  Seventy-five parents and kids enjoyed learning to fish and all about water safety.  

Held at the Westville Recreation Area Boat Ramp for the second year in a row, the event was a big success.    Participants were able to catch and release fish from the Quinebaug River with the help of the Volunteer Park Hosts and Park Rangers.   Anglers ranged from age 4 to 75. 

Each participant was greeted individually and offered a loaner pole as well as shown how to bait their lines and to cast. 

Park Rangers gave a safety briefing about specific water safety issues of fishing from shore and boats. 

The Park Rangers also asked which children knew how to swim and then talked to them about how to stay safe in the water. After the briefing, the children were given water safety flying discs, activities books and floating key bobs.  Fishing poles were borrowed from Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife for the day. Volunteer Park Hosts Maria and Dennis Dube, Ted Robbins, Patrick Shull, Sharon Clark, Brenda Goessling and Brian Phelps helped teach the younger participants to fish and served snacks and hot dogs.   Park Rangers Jean Hixson  and Glenna Vitello organized the free event.


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