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  • March

    SAD command sergeant major visits Jacksonville District

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 3, 2021) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' South Atlantic Division senior enlisted adviser Command Sgt. Maj. Chad C. Blansett recently visited the Jacksonville District.
  • February

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District mitigates storm risk along Florida’s coastline

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received disaster funds provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The act provides nearly $17.4 billion to the Corps for disaster recovery. Jacksonville District received $3.348 billion for long-term recovery investments in its area of responsibility, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Memory, flexibility drive Lake Okeechobee dry season strategy

    When we developed the dry season water management strategy for Lake Okeechobee this year, we incorporated crucial flexibility to respond to the potential threat of algal blooms while also remembering the events over the last several years. We use these two concepts, memory and flexibility, to guide our strategy development.
  • Army Corps survey vessel crew assist with rescue offshore Florida

    The crew of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Survey Vessel Florida II, assisted the U.S. Coast Guard in the rescue of a small distressed boat off the coast of Florida recently.
  • January

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tests artificial-intelligence tool for monitoring water quality and oceanographic conditions at Port Everglades

    Large-scale coastal dredging projects have the potential to add stress to coral reef communities in surrounding areas, especially if impacts are undetected or fail to be detected in time.
  • Jacksonville District hiring senior-level engineers to fill critical positions

    Federal government hiring has a reputation for being challenging. Not this time. The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cutting through all of that bureaucracy to fill up to 35 critical engineering positions, and plans to do the hiring by the end of March.
  • December

    Indian River Lagoon South restoration project on track for June 2021 completion

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District’s multi-billion dollar Indian River Lagoon South (IRL-S) construction of the C-44 component is due for completion June 2021.
  • October

    Corps groundbreaking ceremony kicks off Everglades restoration construction projects

    MIAMI, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today for the Central Everglades Planning Project South, a project designed to restore more natural flows through the heart of the Everglades and improve water flows south to Everglades National Park.
  • August

    Lock steps: Dewatering is the first step before lock repairs can begin

    Did you ever wonder why it takes so long to repair a lock? Check out the dewatering process for the Ortona Lock and Dam maintenance repairs through a series of photos of the event in 2018. It's a LOT more involved than just closing the lock and doing repairs!
  • June

    Col. Kelly on Lake Okeechobee: balancing project purposes

    One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is balancing all of the purposes of managing Lake Okeechobee given to us by Congress – flood control, water supply, navigation, recreation, and preservation of fish and wildlife resources. As we enter rainy season, we will keep focusing on balancing the purposes of lake water management and setting favorable conditions.
  • Lake Okeechobee Update for 2020 Rainy Season

    After a drier than normal dry season, Lake Okeechobee operations transition to rainy season without plans for imminent large releases to estuaries.
  • April

    Jacksonville District Completes Miami Beach Convention Center Alternate Care Facility Ahead of Schedule

    Two months ago, the Miami Beach Convention Center was hosting 80,000 fans for the NFL Experience as part of Super Bowl festivities. The Jacksonville District just finished transforming the center into a 450-bed alternate care facility to treat COVID-19 patients, and did it ahead of schedule.
  • Corps Starts Construction of 450-Bed Alternate Care Facility at Miami Beach Convention Center

    The governor of Florida and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) commanding general met with county and city leaders in Miami Beach Wednesday to discuss construction of an alternate care facility in the Miami Beach Convention Center. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE Commanding General and 54th Chief of Engineers, joined Gov. Ron DeSantis, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber on a tour of the 500,000 square foot facility that the Army Corps of Engineers began transforming into a 450-bed alternate care facility Tuesday.
  • March

    Corps defends against invasive lizards

    Cold-stunned green iguanas, dubbed “chicken of the trees,” made national headlines as they fell from the trees in south Florida during a recent cold snap. News stories and social media helped to raise public awareness about the damage that can be wrought by the large invasive lizards, which can reach more than five feet and twenty pounds. According to the media reports, these invaders weren’t just munching their way through the succulent plants of south Florida’s gardens, they also wreaked havoc on private properties and important public infrastructure, shorting out power lines and burrowing under structures, causing some of them to collapse. In one city, they reportedly contributed enough damage to a water control structure that the repair bill reached $1.8 million. Construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of critical infrastructure are key missions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for the 143-mile Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, five navigation locks and dams and recreation areas along the 154-mile long Okeechobee Waterway, and Everglades restoration. Maintaining the integrity of these structures and protecting them from damage is integral to the success of these missions.
  • Memo from the Director of Contracting re: COVID-19

    For USACE Contractors, As the Director of Contracting for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, I wanted to personally reach out to all of you and let you know that we are actively monitoring the situation in regards to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Attached is the guidance we received on planning for potential Novel Coronavirus Contract Impacts.
  • USACE continues work on LORS deviation

    After he took charge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District in 2018, Col. Andrew Kelly charged his team to look for tools that would offer different options for the management of water in Lake Okeechobee during times when harmful algal blooms (HABs) were present. Significant HAB events affected Lake Okeechobee and the coastal estuaries in 2016 and 2018. Jacksonville District engineers and biologists reviewed the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) and looked for potential tools to adjust operations in anticipation of possible future HAB events. Last summer, Jacksonville District rolled out a proposed deviation to LORS that would provide greater flexibility in the management of water with the goal of reducing the health risk to the public associated with HABs.
  • December

    USACE updates dry-season approach for Lake Okeechobee

    The water management team at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now focused on the year ahead and the challenges that we face. Unlike last year, our focus this year will be on retaining water during the dry season.
  • November

    A successful year for Lake Okeechobee

    At this time last year, Jacksonville District was a month into executing operational flexibility for Lake Okeechobee aimed at drawing the lake down. What a difference a year makes.
  • July

    La limpieza de municiones en Culebra avanza, aumentando la seguridad para su uso recreativo

    Culebra, una isla ubicada a 17 millas al este de la isla principal de Puerto Rico, es conocida por sus arenas blancas y suaves, lo que la convierte en un lugar de vacaciones favorito para los turistas que buscan bucear y encontrar tesoros en sus aguas. Desafortunadamente, algunos de esos tesoros pueden ser en realidad municiones sin explotar debido a la historia de la isla. El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los EE. UU. (USACE) Ejecuta el programa FUDS en nombre del Ejército y el Departamento de Defensa. La isla Culebra es parte del inventario de FUDS y el Distrito de Jacksonville de USACE es responsable de la gestión diaria y la limpieza de municiones en las partes de la isla donde está autorizado.
  • Munitions cleanup on Culebra advances, increasing safety for public recreational use

    Culebra Island, located 17 miles east of Puerto Rico’s main island, is known for its white, soft sands, which makes it a favorite vacationing spot for tourists seeking to snorkel and find treasures in its waters. Unfortunately, some of those treasures may actually be unexploded ordnance due to the island’s history. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers executes the FUDS program on behalf of the U.S. Army and Department of Defense. Culebra Island is part of the FUDS inventory and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is responsible for the day to day management and clean-up of munitions on the portions of the island where authorized.