US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District

US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Officially established in 1857, Buffalo District traces its roots to Corps of Engineers officer Captain Theodore Maurice, first assigned to the territory in 1824 to supervise federal engineer operations on Lake Erie.
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Operating as usual

Adam Sanders, visual information specialist, supported the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division 2Q21 Re...
02/09/2021

Adam Sanders, visual information specialist, supported the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division 2Q21 Regional Governance Meeting in Atlanta, GA last week by providing audio/video VI support to ensure the Governance Meeting was a success! Way to go Adam!

"Somedays at work I take a step back at the data and processing I'm working with to reflect on just how cool it is. Taki...
02/08/2021

"Somedays at work I take a step back at the data and processing I'm working with to reflect on just how cool it is. Taking Elevation and imagery data collected by our survey group, processing and pairing them together to get 3D rendered imagery that I can manipulate however I need, lay my proposed repair options over and generate all project quantities. Here's the very old, and very broken Buffalo North and Buffalo West Breakwaters. Buffalo North Breakwater was built in 1898 - somewhat humbling knowing that however we repair it has to contend with that sort of longevity." - Weston Cross, USACE Buffalo coastal geologist

02/04/2021
Seneca Bluffs Restoration Project presentation

Seneca Bluffs is one of the last undeveloped land areas near the City of Buffalo - and our project bioengineered a healthier space for all to enjoy. See how we did it in this presentation by Josh Unghire, USACE Buffalo biologist.

Funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

In addition to the significant WWII construction projects undertaken by our district in the Buffalo area, impressive wor...
02/04/2021

In addition to the significant WWII construction projects undertaken by our district in the Buffalo area, impressive works were created in Ohio to serve the war effort. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Corps of Engineers took on all military construction activities from the Army’s Quartermaster Corps, as well as finance and direction of additional industrial capacity. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District was responsible for these projects in Ohio – the Plum Brook Ordnance Plant ($22 million), the Erie Proving Ground ($2 million), improvements at Camp Perry, extension of runways at Cleveland Municipal Airport, and the two largest: the Cleveland Aircraft Assembly Plant and the $14 million Thompson Aircraft Products Company (TAPCO). The Cleveland Aircraft Assembly Plant, also known as the General Motors Fisher Body Aircraft Plant #2, was a 2.2 million square foot factory that assembled parts of B-29 bombers. It was located there as a security measure, far from potential attack on either coast, next to the Cleveland airport. They tried to change plans to build the XP-75 Eagle long range fighter, but as the factory was re-tooled and the workers re-trained, the program was cancelled and soon the war ended. GM then used the massive space to build tanks until 1970. It was reincarnated as the International Exhibition (I-X) Center in 1985, a massive convention hall. The TAPCO facility in Euclid built engines around the clock with a workforce of 21,000. As with the construction in New York State, most of these projects were built in the first year and a half of the war, setting up the means for eventual victory.

Seneca Bluffs is one of the last undeveloped land areas near the City of Buffalo - and our project bioengineered a healt...
02/03/2021
Seneca Bluffs Restoration Project presentation

Seneca Bluffs is one of the last undeveloped land areas near the City of Buffalo - and our project bioengineered a healthier space for all to enjoy. See how we did it in this presentation by Josh Unghire, USACE Buffalo biologist.

Funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Seneca Bluffs is one of the last undeveloped land areas near the City of Buffalo - and our project bioengineered a healthier space for all to enjoy. See how ...

Upon Retirement – Diane Kozlowski, Regulatory Branch Chief "Carl W. Buehner appears to have been the first person quoted...
02/01/2021

Upon Retirement – Diane Kozlowski, Regulatory Branch Chief

"Carl W. Buehner appears to have been the first person quoted as saying, 'people will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.'

This quote resonates with me and is likely why my retirement speech focused on so many of the people who touched my life during my career of 35 years. There were plenty of memorable projects that I worked on over the years and I can laugh (now) at some of the tense situations and stressful moments. As well as reflecting on the successes and those projects which often began with, 'you just can’t make this stuff up.'

But for me the walk down memory lane is most fulfilling when I reflect on the people I worked with on those projects; the friendships and partnerships developed over the years. The sharing of sage advice, lessons learned, and words of wisdom from co-workers, mentors, and even those who sat on the other side of the table. I grew so much through my career and most certainly it was the personal and professional relationships that continued shaping who I am today.

As I look back I have no regrets. Every interaction, every decision I made led me to where I am today. We have no way of knowing if we had an opportunity for a 'do-over' if it would turn out any better. So don’t get tangled up in what if’s, own it, accept it, learn from it and just move on.

The quote above isn’t intended to suggest that words don’t matter, because words do matter and you should choose them carefully. The words you choose and how you present them can make a dramatic difference in how your message is received and how it makes the recipient feel. This is even more important in a virtual environment where body language and facial expressions can be impossible or difficult to read.

Learn from you experiences and remember that on every end of an action your take or decision you make there is a person or persons. Have you considered the impact on them? Have you sought their input? You may think you have all the answers but do you? In our line of work there are very few situations where life or death, or even loss of property necessitate an immediate action. So if you are looking for a leadership style to land on explore servant leadership. I think you will find it to be one of the most rewarding. Because what is more rewarding than making a genuine, lasting human connection. One that can stay with you for a career or better yet a lifetime."

Thank you Diane and best wishes on your well-deserved retirement!!!

Removal of the former production building on the Luckey Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) Site an...
01/29/2021

Removal of the former production building on the Luckey Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) Site and two smaller buildings will begin next week. The buildings are being removed to provide safe access to investigate and clean up soil underneath, which is contaminated with beryllium, radium-226, thorium-230, uranium-234, uranium-238, and lead.

We're dredging the Ashtabula and Conneaut, OH harbors this year! Material dredged from Ashtabula will be used to restore...
01/28/2021
Ashtabula, Conneaut dredging planned for this year

We're dredging the Ashtabula and Conneaut, OH harbors this year! Material dredged from Ashtabula will be used to restore seven acres of wetlands, while dredged material from Conneaut is to be determined.

Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14), whose district includes all of Ashtabula County, announced on Friday that dredging work for the Ashtabula and Conneaut harbors is included in the Army Corps of

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Veterans Affairs are partners in delivering the Canandaigua VA Me...
01/26/2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Veterans Affairs are partners in delivering the Canandaigua VA Medical Center Mega Project, providing a state-of-the-art medical facility and health care service infrastructure to 65,000 Veterans living near the greater Canandaigua, NY area.

Album last updated on January 26, 2021.

We're supporting sanitary sewer work by the Northwestern Water & Sewer District to help communities in northwest Ohio. T...
01/25/2021
Northwestern Water & Sewer District Receives Section 594 Assistance from USACE for the Sug

We're supporting sanitary sewer work by the Northwestern Water & Sewer District to help communities in northwest Ohio. Together we're improving water quality, making better infrastructure and protecting the environment!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, entered into an agreement in December 2020 with the Northwestern Water & Sewer District to provide almost $1 Million assistance toward the total

USACE's full-color magazine is now available! This edition highlights our #Covid19 response efforts and check out pages ...
01/25/2021
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Building Strong, Serving the Nation and the Armed Forces, 2020-2021

USACE's full-color magazine is now available! This edition highlights our #Covid19 response efforts and check out pages 23 and 24 for our article on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative!

In this edition of Building Strong®, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' response to the COVID-19 pandemic dominates. As part of its response, the Corps of Engineers built temporary medical facilities, or adapted existing buildings for medical uses, across the United States as well as overseas. These...

This year we promise to continue improving quality of life, environmental health and economic growth for the people and ...
01/22/2021
USACE Buffalo District receives $140.5 million in FY21 Work Plan

This year we promise to continue improving quality of life, environmental health and economic growth for the people and communities we're responsible for. We're working hard to serve YOU!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District received a total of $140,542,000 in the Fiscal Year 2021 Work Plan to complete projects across the District’s area of responsibility. This includes

Our public comment period for a potential breakwall project in Lake Ontario to prevent flooding in Olcott Harbor runs un...
01/22/2021
Olcott breakwall project seeks final state, federal approval

Our public comment period for a potential breakwall project in Lake Ontario to prevent flooding in Olcott Harbor runs until Feb. 12.

Full public notice:https://www.lrb.usace.army.mil/Portals/45/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2021-01/PN-LRB-2020-00277-NY.pdf

The only remaining hurdles are permits from state agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers.

01/21/2021
The Building Strong Buffalo Podcast Episode 9: Gerry DiPaola and the VA Canandaigua Medical Center

Gerry DiPaola is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District project manager for the nearly $400 million Canandaigua VA Medical Center Mega Project. In this episode, we discuss major project successes, winning the Project Delivery Team of the Year for Honor, and what it means to give back to our Veterans.

USACE is partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a state-of-the-art medical facility and health care service infrastructure to approximately 65,000 veterans living near the greater Canandaigua, NY area.

Hosted by Jess Levenson, Public Affairs Specialist.

Through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative we're delivering successful projects to leave positive, lasting impacts o...
01/20/2021
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative [Building Strong® 2020-2021] | Defense Media Network

Through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative we're delivering successful projects to leave positive, lasting impacts on the Great Lakes for generations to come! We couldn't do it without our partners and other federal agencies participating in the initiative.

BY ANDREW KORNACKI, Buffalo District Facilitating economic growth, improving quality of life, and increasing the environmental health of the nation are key

01/20/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Our story began more than 200 years ago when Congress established the Continental Army with a provision for a chief engineer on June 16, 1775. The Army established the Corps of Engineers as a separate, permanent branch on March 16, 1802, and gave the engineers responsibility for founding and operating the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Since then, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has responded to changing defense requirements and played an integral part in the development of the country. We are proud to play a role in engineering solutions for our Nation’s toughest challenges.

01/19/2021
Thatcher Brook: Changing Disaster's Course

Floodwaters have plagued the people of Gowanda and Persia, NY for decades - but we aim to change disaster's course. Diverting the flow of Thatcher Brook during future storms can save lives, prevent disasters costing over $100 million, and give hope back to these communities.

Upcoming Video Premiere! Watch and chat live with us and other viewers as our mini-film on flooding in Gowanda is shown ...
01/18/2021
Thatcher Brook: Changing Disaster's Course

Upcoming Video Premiere! Watch and chat live with us and other viewers as our mini-film on flooding in Gowanda is shown for the very first time tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Floodwaters have terrorized the good people of Gowanda and Persia, NY for decades - but we aim to change disaster's course. Diverting the flow of Thatcher Br...

01/18/2021
Reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

USACE Commanding General and 55th Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, along with USACE Command Sergeant Major Patrickson Toussaint, reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Command Sergeant Major Toussaint and I are in the field visiting with our teams who are valiantly supporting first responders in the fight against COVID-19. But we felt it vitally important to take a moment to remember another valiant American, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ninety-two years ago, this January 15th Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

As you may know, on August 28th, 1963 MLK Jr. organized a march on Washington, D.C. during which he made his historic “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He spoke of "beloved community," and the "fierce urgency of now." We still have a lot to achieve, even in 2021, and that fierce urgency is readily apparent.

On October 14, 1964, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1968, Dr. King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the “Poor People's Campaign.” Tragically he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee just before that campaign.

Dr. King was posthumously awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. And as is befitting a national hero, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in cities and states throughout the United States beginning in 1971. In celebrating his birthday, we recognize one of history’s most consequential advocates for equality and civil rights. We celebrate his powerful message of justice and hope, and acknowledge that despite progress, we are still working to reach the “promised land” he envisioned in his famous “I have a dream” speech.

Here in the ranks of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers we believe that we can begin to make real that dream by putting people first. We must ensure diversity and inclusion as a strategic competency. Through mentoring and career development we can begin to support people so that you can be the best they can be no matter the color of your skin or your background. To foster new ideas we must embrace equality, diversity and inclusion in the USACE workforce. People are the most important resource in USACE. It is our goal to ensure a safe environment for everyone so that you can contribute your best selves to the mission.

So today, let us and all our 36,000 teammates across the Corps commit ourselves to Dr. King’s message of service to our neighbors and communities. Let us be inspired not to take a day OFF but to have a day ON when we provide service to others - give a hand up not a handout. In honor of one of the greatest civil leaders in our nation - volunteer in your community, on January 18th in whatever capacity you can. Find a volunteer opportunity in your area by visiting: https://www.volunteermatch.org/

In his memory let us recall Dr. King’s teaching that “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” In keeping with his example let us embrace the belief in our shared destiny, accept our obligations to one another, and strengthen the bond that holds us together as the - most diverse Nation!

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Shown: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and partners remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those who paved the way for the civil rights movement. Take a look as Pacific Ocean Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Col. Kirk Gibbs has a conversation with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Ronald Clark about this important observance and call to Remember! Celebrate! Act!

Additional footage: www.dvidshub.net, National Archives

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US Army COE, Buffalo District Baseball Team. Cira 1975? Not sure of the date. Pic is from one of the Buffalo Chargers that I had. All the names of the players are at the bottom of the photo. John J. Rynkiewicz ([email protected])
Article - Upstream method related to downstream flooding:
Can someone reply with a link explaining why Lake Erie is present so high? Observations seem to show it was high even prior to the extremely wet spring. Thank you.
Who's vetting people? This guy's no engineer....... Opsec people. Opsec
I know you have alot to cover, but, there hasn't been any coverage on the repairs at Black Rock Lock in awhile.......? The repair crew is working extremely hard, thru extreme weather elements, to ensure an opening on time.....
Very Proud of your work.