You are here: > Resources > US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Self Description

June 2004: "The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is made up of approximately 34,600 civilian and 650 military men and women. Our military and civilian engineers, scientists and other specialists work hand in hand as leaders in engineering and environmental matters. Our diverse workforce of biologists, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, natural resource managers and other professionals meets the demands of changing times and requirements as a vital part of America's Army."

Third-Party Descriptions

August 2009: "WASHINGTON — Huge flood-control pumps installed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina don't protect the city adequately and the Army Corps of Engineers could have saved $430 million in replacement costs by buying proven equipment, a federal investigation finds."

May 2008: "For example, in 2004 the Army Corps of Engineers, which enforces the Clean Air Act, issued a cease-and-desist order to Brad Goehring, a wine grape grower in Clements, Calif., for tilling his land in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Goehring says he was converting pastures to vineyards. But Mike Finan of the corps in Sacramento says the change from grazing, in which the land remains in a more natural setting, to grape growing required a permit."

August 2007: "The Army Corps of Engineers has received $7 billion since Katrina to fortify New Orleans' flood-protection system, including installing new flood gates at the mouth of the Lake Pontchartrain and rebuilding broken levees."

October 2007: The Army Corps of Engineers says there is about a three-month supply of water left in Lake Lanier, which is 15 feet below its capacity. The corps -- under an agreement reached in the 1980s with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state and downstream users -- releases 5,000 feet of water per second from the dam between the man-made lake and the river.

July 2007: The study commissioned by the Army Corps of Engineers details how Corps officials facing budget pressures cut millions from the construction of key flood walls by shrinking their support pilings. Under pressure from rising waters during Katrina, those walls toppled, causing much of the city flooding.

January 2002: The changes announced yesterday by the Army Corps of Engineers -- with approval from the White House -- will make it somewhat easier for developers, mining companies and others to qualify for nearly automatic 'general permits' to dredge and fill wetlands. The revisions do not loosen the standards quite so far as a plan the Corps had floated last spring, but they do roll back several restrictions imposed by the Clinton administration in March 2000.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Army Organization Jun 20, 2004
Member (past or present) Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka Person Feb 16, 2007

Articles and Resources

36 Articles and Resources. Go to:  [Next 16]

Date Resource Read it at:
Oct 26, 2009 A congressman, a lobbying firm and a swift path to earmarks: Democrat supported funds for tech companies, many of which supported him

QUOTE: Federal investigators are scrutinizing [Representative Peter J.] Visclosky's earmarks and whether a member of his staff tried to raise campaign money by promising funding.

Washington Post
Aug 25, 2009 Probe: New Orleans flood control pumps not reliable

QUOTE: Huge flood-control pumps installed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina don't protect the city adequately and the Army Corps of Engineers could have saved $430 million in replacement costs by buying proven equipment, a federal investigation finds.

Jun 21, 2009 Funds going to districts of key lawmakers

QUOTE: Most of the $2.2 billion in economic stimulus money for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects will be spent in the home districts of members of Congress who oversee the corps' funding

Jun 14, 2009 Some projects raise question: Where's the stimulus?

QUOTE: As President Obama moves to accelerate the flow of federal funds intended to rev up the economy and energy efficiency, public officials are voicing concerns about the merit of some plans.

Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2008 Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims: Formaldehyde Found in High Levels; 17,000 Say Homes Caused Illnesses

QUOTE: Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.

Washington Post
May 22, 2008 Proposed change to water law riles landowners

QUOTE: Smith sometimes diverts water on his 20,000-acre spread for the sake of his animals or crops. He worries that doing so under a new law will mean lots of paperwork, lawyers and site visits rather than a few scrapes of a backhoe. "We're perfectly capable of doing what's right for the land," says Smith, who has 1,000 head of cattle in Glen. "We know that if we don't take care of it, we won't take care of our animals."

Nov 12, 2007 For a Memorial With Cracks, Fix or Replace?

QUOTE: Under consideration for years, the idea of replacing the monument has pitted conservationists, who think the original structure should be restored, against those who say that replacing the tomb is inevitable and will properly memorialize America’s fallen soldiers.

New York Times
Oct 19, 2007 Drought-stricken Georgia says it will sue over water

QUOTE: "We shouldn't have to fight this out in court," Franklin said Thursday. "We don't want to hurt [the cities and businesses] downstream but we'd like to see some middle ground and hope people would join with us.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 29, 2007 2 years after Katrina, pace of rebuilding depends on who pays

QUOTE: The delays have affected the poor the most — those dependent on government assistance to rebuild their lives. While middle- and upper-class neighborhoods have rebuilt using private insurance and contacts, residents of low-income areas such as the Lower 9th Ward and Holy Cross — roughly 20,000 of them — for the most part remain scattered throughout the region, their return uncertain.

Aug 17, 2007 Patchwork City: One Billion Dollars Later, a City Still at Risk

QUOTE: enormous floodgates... now protect prosperous neighborhoods like Lakeview, and though corps officials say there has been no favoritism, the effect has been to draw out old resentments and conspiracy theories in a city that never lacked for them.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2007 In bayou, whose water is it? A legal battle brews over whether fishermen are trespassing when they fish in the flooded bottomlands.

QUOTE: ...Mississippi Delta landowners say they're warning off fishermen who traverse flooded, but privately owned, bottomlands that can stretch for miles on either side of a main channel on the Mississippi .... [But] The fishermen...say these landowners can't infringe upon what they see as their traditional and legal right to go anywhere the water can carry them.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 11, 2007 Report Examines Path to Failed New Orleans Levees

QUOTE: The levee system that...failed catastrophically during Hurricane Katrina, was completed under severe financial and political pressure, including opposition from local officials and environmentalists, according to a federally sponsored report set to be released today.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2007 After Lobbying, Wetlands Rules Are Narrowed

QUOTE: the Bush administration scaled back proposed guidelines for enforcing a key Supreme Court ruling governing protected wetlands and streams. These groups argue that the final guidelines will leave thousands of sensitive wetlands and streams unprotected.

New York Times
Mar 02, 2007 New Orleans files $77 billion claim against Corps

QUOTE: The city of New Orleans filed a $77 billion damage claim against the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday for flooding that inundated the city when levees failed after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Under the Federal Tort Act, Thursday was the last day residents could file such a claim against the Corps. The claim is a required step before any lawsuit could be brought to recover damages.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 22, 2006 A Man, a Plan, a Dam. Then, an F.B.I. Call.

QUOTE: Jim Bensman of Alton, Ill., attended a public meeting on the proposed construction of a bypass channel for fish at a dam on the Mississippi River. Less than a week later, he was under investigation by the F.B.I. — the victim, depending on how you look at it, of either a comedy of errors or alarming antiterror zeal.

New York Times
Jul 25, 2006 Summer sport: Inflatable raft flies ... into controversy: A brand of tube-kites was recalled this month after two riders were killed and several others injured.

QUOTE: tube-kites, or inflatable flying watercraft, are also flying headlong into controversy, as deaths and injuries mount and the Army Corps of Engineers bans them from federally managed waters...The government action and SportsStuff's decision to recall the product raises questions about what role the US government should play in restricting behaviors that involve some degree of risk.

Christian Science Monitor
May 14, 2006 A Storm Blows In Along With the Wind: Project Planned Off Cape Cod Shows Contentiousness in Energy Development

QUOTE: Proponents of the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound say wind farms like it will help wean the country from dependence on foreign oil. Opponents suggest it will harm the area's environment, scenic views and economy. And both sides insist wealthy interests are doing their best to manipulate the decision-making process by hiring high-priced lobbyists and cutting backroom deals on Capitol Hill.

Washington Post
May 08, 2006 A New Landfill in New Orleans Sets Off a Battle

QUOTE: ...the landfill lacks some of the safeguards that existing dumps do, like special clay liners. The government says they are not needed because demolition debris is cleaner than other rubbish. Residents and environmentalists think otherwise...

New York Times
Apr 03, 2006 Contractor Leaves Most Iraq Clinics Unfinished: Contractor Will Try to Finish 20 of 142 Sites

QUOTE: Parsons, according to the Corps, will walk away from more than 120 clinics that on average are two-thirds finished. Auditors say the project serves as a warning for other U.S. reconstruction efforts due to be completed this year.

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2006 A GOP Key to Unlocking NEPA: Party Links Environmental Law to Delay, Paperwork, Lawsuits

QUOTE: House Republicans are hoping to rewrite one of the nation's most sweeping environmental laws....Deborah K. Sease, legislative director for the Sierra Club, said the language in the report was so "vague, you open the door to undermining the principles of NEPA."

Washington Post

36 Articles and Resources. Go to:  [Next 16]