Archive: 2020
  • Outflow gates at Saylorville Lake Dam to close for concrete placement

    On Friday, Dec. 18, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District will close the outflow gates at the Saylorville Lake Dam for approximately 48 hours to facilitate concrete placement and curing in the outlet channel. Bob Shetler Recreation Area will remain closed to visitors during this time and visitors are asked to stay clear of the work area.
  • Corps to host virtual public open house for Nahant Marsh master plan project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, in cooperation with the Nahant Marsh Education Center, will host a virtual open house, Dec. 10 from 4-6 p.m. to discuss current features of the Nahant Marsh preserve and gather input from the public on future capabilities of the site.
  • Public walkway at Locks and Dam 14 to close for construction

    Starting Dec. 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District will close the walkway located along the riverfront at Locks and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, for construction until Nov. 21, 2021. The extended closure is necessary for demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new, concrete walkway.
  • Corps to reduce outflows, begin repairs to Saylorville Lake outlet channel

    Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District will be modifying outflows at Saylorville Lake to facilitate repairs in the outlet channel below the dam. At times, outflows will be reduced to zero to accommodate concrete placement and curing. Ongoing coordination with downstream communities is underway to ensure successful completion of the work with minimal impacts to these areas.
  • Army Corps of Engineers extends America the Beautiful Military Recreation Pass benefits to veterans and Gold Star families

    Beginning Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020, all U.S. military veterans and Gold Star family members will be eligible to enter USACE-managed recreation areas free of charge where a day use recreation fee applies. This benefit does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities (group picnic shelters) and events. Some facilities and activities on federal recreation lands are managed by private concessionaires whose services would not be covered by this benefit.
  • Army Corps of Engineers supports temporarily expanding Every Kid Outdoors recreation pass to include 5th grade students

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it will temporarily expand the Every Kid Outdoors recreation pass to include 5th grade students for the 2020-2021 academic year. This change will ensure that 5th grade students who may not have been able to make full use of the Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a chance to do so during the current academic year through Aug. 31, 2021.
  • Public Input Sought on Green Island Habitat Restoration Project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program partners are in the early stages of planning for a habitat rehabilitation project in Pool 13 of the Mississippi River near Green Island, Iowa, and are seeking public input through Nov. 30.
  • Illinois Waterway reopens to navigation, construction complete

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces today that construction is complete and the Illinois Waterway locks have reopened to navigation after a series of extended, consolidated closures.
  • Holland appointed to Mississippi River Commission

    President Donald J. Trump recently appointed Major General Diana M. Holland as a member and as the 41st President of the Mississippi River Commission (MRC).
  • Corps invites public to participate in “Discover the Illinois Waterway” online virtual forum

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District is inviting public participation in an online virtual discussion forum titled “Discover the Illinois Waterway” Oct. 29 from 9 a.m.-noon.