US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District

  • July

    Veterans Honored During Memorial Day Ceremony at Coralville Lake

    In communities across the country people gather on Memorial Day to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military. For the past 28 years the staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, along with representatives from several Johnson County, Iowa, veterans’ organizations, have been coming together on Memorial Day to honor living veterans who nearly lost their lives.
  • May

    District Employees Participate in 2-Day Flood Fight Training Event

    With the snow melted and the spring rains filling up the rivers, 40 District employees attended a workshop to discuss proven flood fighting techniques and teach the newest team members.
  • District Wins USACE Excellence in Contracting Award

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District’s contracting Division was awarded top honors by the USACE Excellence in Contracting Awards Program for fiscal year 2016. The District competed against seven other Districts throughout the country and earned the District/Center of the Year Award for outstanding efforts in meeting contracting milestones and metrics requirements.
  • Mississippi River Lock & Dam 17 Dewatered Enabling Maintenance, Inspections

    Lock and Dam 17, in New Boston, Illinois, closed this winter to undergo a dewatering as part of several maintenance projects performed at District locks from December to March.
  • November

    Taking Printing to a Whole New Level

    The idea of taking a two-dimensional drawing and turning it into a three-dimensional object is something engineers have been doing for years. A new project recently completed by the Inland Navigation Design Center (INDC) at the Rock Island District is taking this concept to a new level with the help of a local university and some new computer technology.
  • Lockport Major Rehabilitation Project Reaching Final Stages of Construction

    For more than a decade, members of the Rock Island District have been working to design and implement one of the largest civil works projects ever completed in the District. The project, known as the Lockport Lock and Dam Upper Pool Project, is a multi-stage, multi-year and multi-million dollar rehabilitation effort that is now in its final stages and is nearing completion.
  • August

    Rock Island District Dive Team Goes in for a Closer Look

    The lower guidewall at Locks and Dam 15 on the Mississippi River was originally constructed in the early 1930s. For more than 80 years this concrete wall has been used by commercial vessels to approach and depart the lock. Now, after many years of standing strong, the wall is showing wear and the Rock Island District dive team was called in for a closer look.
  • Rock Island District Park Ranger,Tracy Spry, receives 2015 Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Excellence in Interpretation

    Interpretive efforts of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers are nationally recognized by the presentation of the Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Excellence in Interpretation. This year, park ranger Tracy Spry from Rock Island District’s Lake Red Rock was chosen as the recipient of this prestigious award. This will be the first time, since the award was created, that a member of the Rock Island District has received the award.
  • July

    Inland Navigation Design Center Taking Shape for Infrastructure Needs

    On Jan. 15, 2013, the Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, endorsed the creation of an Inland Navigation Design Center Mandatory Center of Expertise (INDC). The purpose of the new organization was to use in-house technical expertise in both the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) and the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) to deliver inland navigation projects. Expert resources from across the Corps could then be engaged if the workload demanded or specialization in specific areas were needed.
  • February

    USACE Awards New Five-Year Enterprise Information Technology Contract

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ use of information management and information technology support services continues to evolve to adapt to mission changes. On Aug. 15, 2014, USACE officially announced the award of its $517 million Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology (ACE-IT) Information Management and Information Technology Services (AIES) contract to Vectrus Systems Corporation. After evaluating a protest, the General Accounting Office denied the protest in its entirety on Dec. 11, 2014. This award represents the end of a journey that began more than three years ago, the culmination of the time and effort invested enterprise-wide by many ACE-IT teammates, USACE customers and industry.
  • December

    Sector Gates Raised After 35 Years

    For the first time in 35 years, the 255,000-pound sector gates at the Thomas J. (T.J.) O’Brien Lock and Dam are being raised and repaired as part of a critical maintenance project designed to rehabilitate the 54-year-old facility. T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam is a unit of the Illinois Waterway Navigation System and is located at the entrance to Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.
  • November

    Roller Gate Requires Swift Repair

    The Rock Island District spends a majority of its annual appropriations operating and maintaining the expansive lock and dam system on the Upper Mississippi River. Much of the maintenance performed on this infrastructure is planned and scheduled while some comes as a surprise. An incident in July brought about some maintenance needs in the form of the latter when a roller gate at Locks and Dam 14 was damaged.
  • October

    Government Interceptor Sewer Cleanout

    The federally constructed underground interceptor sewer system that collects and drains storm water
  • Award Winning Project Delivery Team

    The Marseilles Dam Emergency Response, Illinois Waterway Project Delivery Team (PDT) was recently
  • September

    Red Rock Hydroelectric Project Gets Underway

    The second-largest hydroelectric plant in Iowa is officially under construction after a ceremonial groundbreaking Aug. 13 at Red Rock Dam near Pella, Iowa. Representatives from the Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) hosted the event to showcase plans for the new facility which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018.
  • August

    Change of Command for Mississippi Valley Division

    VICKSBURG, Miss., August 20, 2014 – In a formal change of command ceremony, Brigadier General Peter A. “Duke” DeLuca will transfer command of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to Brigadier General Michael C. Wehr, Friday, August 29. The ceremony will be officiated by the Corps' Chief of Engineers, Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick, and will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Vicksburg Convention Center.
  • Andrew Leichty Named U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2014 Project Manager of the Year

    A member of the Rock Island District has been recognized as one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers top performers. Andrew Leichty, from the Program Management Branch, was awarded USACE Project Manager of the Year by the Corps’ Program and Project Management Community of Practice.
  • Crews Clean Up Mess on the Mighty Mississippi

    The Mississippi and its tributaries, like the Des Moines and Iowa Rivers, are just starting to recover from high water. During flooding events, large amounts of debris will be fl ushed out of the river system and can be seen floating downstream from almost anywhere along the banks. When people talk about cleaning up after a Mississippi River flood, they usually talk of lots of mud, some piles of sand and a few stray logs here and there but employees from locks on the lower half of the District have a different idea of river clean up after a flood.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Urban Search and Rescue Program Supports Rescue Engineering

    Two engineers from the Rock Island District belong to a unique team of engineers who stand ready to
  • March

    Can raising the gates of navigation dams lower the Mississippi River and prevent flooding?

    Over the years, the operation of the Corps' navigation dams has been questioned prior to or during a flood on the Mississippi River. Many times we are asked, "Why doesn't the Corps of Engineers raise the gates on the Mississippi River dams to reduce the pool levels (lower the river) now before the snow melt and spring rains to reduce the amount of flooding?"