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  • May

    Three Forks of Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study reaches major milestone with signing of Chiefs Report

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District recently completed an Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility study and recommended plan to restore both instream and riparian habitat within the Beargrass Creek watershed in Louisville, Kentucky. Beargrass Creek has a 60 square mile watershed and is composed of three main branches (the South, Middle and Muddy forks), which reach throughout the city of Louisville. Historically, Beargrass Creek has suffered degraded habitat due to development and manipulation. 
  • Introducing Louisville District’s first ever River Ranger: Lisa Freeman

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District manages nine locks and dams: seven on the Ohio River and two on the Green River in Kentucky. The Ohio River projects operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, serving both the towing industry and recreational boaters. It is a known fact that USACE is the steward of the lands and waters located on its projects. The Corps’ guiding philosophy for natural resource management is to manage, conserve, and improve these natural resources that contribute to an increased quality of American life, now and for posterity. However, this it not only taking place at lake projects that provide recreational activities for the public, but also at the locks and dams. 
  • Louisville District Dam Safety team works hard to ensure dams are reliable

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for more than 700 dams across the United States that provide multiple benefits such as flood risk management, navigation, water supply, hydropower, environmental stewardship, fish and wildlife conservation, and recreation. Through the Dam Safety Program, USACE provides oversight for its dams and works to ensure they remain safe, reliable and able to provide their intended benefits.
  • USACE Construction Division Chief promoted to Brigadier General in U.S. Army Reserve

    Kirk Dailey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District construction division chief was promoted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve during a ceremony held at the Romano Mazzoli Federal Building in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2022.
  • Louisville Veterans Administration Medical Center project team recognizes Construction Safety Week

    Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, the new Louisville VA Medical Center, and the Walsh-Turner Joint Venture II came together May 2 to kick off a week of events in recognition of Construction Safety Week. This year’s theme is “Connected. Supported. Safe,” and it seemed fitting as speakers from the various organizations involved in the building of the new Louisville VA Medical Center addressed the crowd about the importance of safety and teamwork.
  • ERCIP aims to improve energy resilience, security and conservation for military projects

    The Energy Resilience Conservation Investment Program is a critical part of the Department of Defense Military Construction program that aims to improve energy resilience, energy security and energy conservation of its existing missions.
  • April

    Louisville District celebrates National Volunteer Month

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District celebrates National Volunteer Month every April by recognizing the tremendous effort of the volunteers who give their time at the recreational sites in the district’s footprint. Volunteers are an essential part of delivering the district’s recreational activities.
  • Louisville District delivers Newark Army reserve center ahead of schedule

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District recently completed a new 43,000 square-foot Army Reserve Center in Newark, Delaware, ahead of schedule.
  • New Army Aviation Support Facility unveiled at ribbon cutting

    With the help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, the Army Reserve Aviation Command’s newest Aviation Support Facility, also known as ASF, is officially open. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility, April 2, 2022.
  • March

    Louisville VA Medical Center site sees more activity as work progresses

    Construction on the new Louisville VA Medical Center being built in Louisville, Kentucky, has only been ongoing for five months, but the site already looks quite different from how it appeared during last year’s Veterans’ Day groundbreaking ceremony. Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District’s VA Division and the contracting teams have been hard at work during the initial stages of this mega-project, said Melody Thompson, Louisville VA Medical Center project manager.
  • Schmidt's accomplishments ensure health of environment for future generations

    Management and cleanup of contaminated Department of Defense sites throughout Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan requires a team of skilled and knowledgeable people. One outstanding employee who supports this mission is Angela Schmidt. She is a senior biologist who began her career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District in December 2005.
  • Construction for Van Voorhis on track for 2024 completion

    The Van Voorhis Elementary School project site on Fort Knox, which is being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, is busy with crews operating heavy equipment to construct the new 104,000 square foot school that will replace the current 84,000 square foot facility. The $59.8 million construction contract, which began December 2021, had a sporadic start with inclement weather causing 23 days of delays.
  • Water management team revolutionizes data collection with cloud-based solution

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District water management Team – who are responsible for the daily operation of seventeen multi-purpose reservoir projects within the Louisville District and the collection and dissemination of data associated with those projects in regard to reservoir control and water quality – has been busy working to revolutionize USACE processes. The water management team is currently developing a web-based user interface, which will allow lake project personnel to input data into the Civil Works Business Intelligence database, eliminating the need for an on-site storage solution. In January, the team started working with the USACE Hydraulic Engineering Center and Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory out of Hanover, New Hampshire, to serve as a pilot district for migrating all water management processes to a cloud-based platform.
  • Spring showers bring out lake staff superpowers

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District manages 17 flood risk reduction lakes, which receive an average of 15 million visitors each year. While many visitors enjoy the campgrounds, playgrounds and other recreational activities the lakes provide, some may not realize the amount of work that goes on in preparation for the summer months.
  • Regulators ensure safe navigation and protection of aquatic resources during Beckjord Power Plant cleanup

    In February 2021, a smokestack, associated with the demolition of the former Beckjord Generating Station, toppled into the Ohio River at mile marker 453 in New Richmond, Ohio. The waste debris in the river caused concerns from the local communities, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, under their regulatory authorities for Waters of the U.S., quickly responded ordering the contractors to clean it up and complete compliance actions required by USACE.
  • February

    Louisville District highlights engineering teammates during National Engineers Week 2022

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been engineering solutions for our nation’s toughest challenges for 246 years. Engineers create new possibilities all the time and the engineers at USACE are no different. During National Engineers Week, Feb. 21 to 25, engineers are recognized for their notable contributions to society.  To celebrate, the Louisville District is highlighting team members from different engineering disciplines. Each engineer focuses on a different facet of engineering. While some engineers focus on things like remediation and construction, others spend their time negotiating contracts and designs. Other civil engineers deal with the financial side of engineering and more.  As the nation’s engineering and public works agency, USACE deliver’s quality projects and programs, on time and within budget, safely for the American people, and these engineers help make USACE a strong organization. 
  • Construction on the new Louisville VA Medical Center clears a major milestone

    The construction site of the new Louisville VA Medical Center has seen a lot of changes since the first shovels of dirt were ceremonially dug during the groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 11, 2021. Contractors have been busy performing various earthwork activities as well as drilling on the site in preparation for the first blasting to break up the bedrock under the site which took place Feb. 21.
  • Louisville District’s National Roofing Program sets standard for Army Reserve facilities

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District received its nationwide Army Reserve mission and the Air Force Reserve mission in the 1990’s and, since then, countless facilities have been designed and constructed by the district. There are several subprograms that are centrally managed out of the Army Reserve Branch of the Louisville District Project Management Division, one of which is the National Roofing Program, also known as NRP.
  • January

    Louisville District hosts virtual open house for prospective contractors

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District hosted a virtual open house Jan. 27, 2022, for businesses seeking to work with the federal government. The free annual event is open to businesses, large and small, interested in working with the Louisville District. The event included briefings from Louisville District Commander Col. Eric Crispino and other members of district staff and opportunities to network with district leadership throughout the event.
  • Green River Lake partners with emergency responders

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation’s leading providers of outdoor recreation. The Louisville District alone had over 15 million visitors to their 17 lakes last year. While the lakes provide many great recreational opportunities, they are also often used in partnership with federal, state and local agencies to provide educational resources or to serve as training grounds for emergency responders. Each year the Campbellsville Fire Department works closely with district personnel to conduct lifesaving, swiftwater training in the tailwater area at Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Kentucky.