Author: Samantha Heilig
  • November

    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.
  • 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.
  • October

    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

    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