Who We Are

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District administers federal water resource programs in a 78,000 square-mile area encompassing the eastern two-thirds of Iowa, the northern half of Illinois, portions of southern Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the northeast corner of Missouri. This area includes 314 miles of the Mississippi River, 268 miles of the Illinois Waterway and their tributaries, and 197,000 acres of federal land. 


For 150 years, the Rock Island District has served to provide civil works programs to the Midwest, the Mississippi River Valley and the nation. It stands ready to deliver vital engineering and water resource solutions in collaboration with our partners to secure our Nation, reduce disaster risk and enhance quality of life, providing value to the region and nation.


Support National Security: Deliver innovative, resilient and sustainable solutions to Department of Defense and the nation.

Transform Civil Works: Deliver enduring and essential water resource solutions using effective transformation strategies.

Reduce Disaster Risks: Deliver support that responds to, recovers from and mitigates disaster impacts to the Nation while ensuring sustainable operations.

Prepare for Tomorrow: Build resilient people, teams, systems and processes to sustain a diverse culture of collaboration, innovation and participation to shape and deliver strategic solutions.

Our missions include:

  • Navigation
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Regulatory
  • Environmental Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Recreation
  • Water Supply
  • Hydropower
  • Support for Others
  • Military Programs

Our Team

The Rock Island District is a multidisciplinary team of approximately 800 civilian employees led by a military district commander and deputy district commander. The world class professionals of the District provide the planning, engineering, design, and construction support for the District’s mission areas. The high quality and talented work force includes engineers, biologists, geologists, geographers, archeologists, attorneys, real estate specialists, economists, contract specialists, accounting, security and communication professionals, and more.

The Rock Island District is a leader in integrated water resources management serving five river basins in five states at the heart of the Upper Mississippi River basin. It is one of six Corps’ Districts that make up the Mississippi Valley Division which is headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi.