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New England District
Public Affairs Office
696 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742

Public Affairs Office

The New England District Public Affairs Office is responsible for a comprehensive communication and public affairs program to encourage a climate of understanding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers many missions through participation in our processes, and with an information program founded on organizational performance and deeds -- to build public understanding of how our daily work relates to the Nation and the community-at-large. 

External Communications (Media Relations and Public Information):

  • Acts as media liaison, issues press releases and serves as central point of contact for all media, both electronic and print.
  • Coordinates, executes and conducts all media events; cooperates and is interactive with both print and electronic media. 
  • Coordinates, compiles, writes, publishes, and distributes quarterly Update Reports for each New England State.
  • Coordinates with all affected agencies on Federal, State and Local levels.
  • Responsible for all web-based and online informational content.

Internal Communications (Command Information):

  • Combines the information requirements of the command with the information desires of the internal audience through publication of the Weekly Bulletin and monthly publication of the District Newsletter, the Yankee Engineer.
  • Coordinates and disseminates informational products in support of mission objectives to include the targeted newsletters and other publications, and other electronic media.
  • Acts as central POC for all printed media (publications, brochures) and internal online communication products.

Public Outreach/Involvement:

  • Identifies issues as they relate to individual projects and programs and establishes and implements a coordinated communication program with an understanding of the public's perception of risk with regard to the project.
  • Develops public participation windows of opportunity to establish dialogue with stakeholders, and then listens and responds to the public's specific concerns.
  • Coordinates, executes and conducts all public meetings, hearings, workshops, etcetera, to include Regulatory & NEPA, and other related activities.
  • Serves as central POC for all Outreach efforts and events, responsible for developing, executing and participating in programs that contribute to a climate of public understanding and acceptance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New England.

Community Relations:

  • Disseminates information of interest to stakeholders; coordinates, develops, compiles and executes all public displays, exhibits and District participation in public expos and fairs, trade shows, and specialty events; manages and coordinates the District Speaker's Bureau.
  • Identifies external audiences and publics throughout region and designs and coordinates outreach efforts at both our facilities and through our participation at external events such as open houses, chamber of commerce meetings, private organization activities, school events, and other local functions, tours and activities throughout New England.
  • Manages, coordinates and executes a wide variety of special events for District, higher headquarters, and other Federal agencies.

The Pawcatuck River Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

   This proposed plan is presented  to facilitate public involvement in the review and commenting on the remedy selection process for the Nantucket Memorial Airport (NMA) Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS.) 
    The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a No Action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for the Munitions Response Site-1, Project Number D01MA049901 at NMA located on Nantucket Island, MA.  The proposal was prepared using the Guide to Preparing Superfund Proposed Plans, Records of Decision, and Other Remedy Selection Decision Documents (USEPA, 1999).
    The final decision for NMA Site-1 site will be made after reviewing and considering all information submitted during the public comment period. The proposed decision may be modified based on new information or public comments. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the proposed plan.
    The FUDS program addresses the potential explosives safety, health, and environmental issues resulting from past munitions use at former defense sites under the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Munitions Response Program, established by the U.S. Congress under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program.  
    FUDS only applies to properties that transferred from DoD before October 17, 1986 and the first priority of USACE is the protection of human health, safety, and the environment. 
    The Army is the executive agent for the FUDS Program, and USACE is the lead agency for investigation/reporting and remedial decision-making at this munitions site with regulatory support provided by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

Updated: 05 December 2016