The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is receiving nearly $26.7 million in the Fiscal Year 2022 Work Plan for operations and maintenance of Michigan river and harbor projects.
From the shores of Lake Superior, Detroit District Watershed Hydrology Section Chief Keith Kompoltowicz discusses the latest six-month water level forecast in the seventh ‘On the Level’ video, available on the district’s YouTube page.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor, The King Co., Inc. conducts maintenance dredging at Holland Harbor in Michigan May 2022.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening the Soo Locks Visitor Center in Canal Park at 10 a.m. May 8. Visitor Center hours for the month of May are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The dewatered Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., undergoes winter maintenance from January 16 to March 25 every year. The $117.2 million Civil Works budget is for the district’s Operation and Maintenance Program, which includes the maintenance of federal shipping channels and navigation structures within the Detroit District’s area of responsibility including the Soo Locks, Duluth-Superior Harbor, and Detroit and Saginaw rivers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are planning the 2022 Soo Locks Engineers Day with visitors allowed across the locks, the first since before the COVID-19 Pandemic. Visitors are welcome into the Soo Locks facility and across the locks 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, June 24.
DETROIT – Structural cracks, buckled or bent steel, visual fretting corrosion – these are the kinds of things at the forefront of a bridge inspector’s mind. Oh, and don’t forget to quantify the severity and extent of all deficiencies. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has the highest of standards when it comes to safety inspections and bridge inspections are a big part of that,” according to Andy Wadysz. “Safety is paramount,” he stressed. Wadysz serves as the Detroit District’s Bridge Safety Program Manager, BSPM, for the past 22 years and respects the program’s commitment to high-quality.

Regulatory Public Notices

LRE-1988-290072-S22

5/23/2022
Proposed Cheboygan Lock Improvements in Cheboygan River at Cheboygan, Michigan

LRE-2021-00012-64

5/19/2022
Menominee River Navigability Study Request for Comments and Information

LRE-1999-161572-S22

5/19/2022
Proposed Subsurface and Surface Buoys in Lake Huron in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary near Presque Isle, Michigan

Other Public Notices

Public Notice and Comment Period for the Woodtick Peninsula Section 204 Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for Ecosystem Restoration Project, Monroe County, MI

5/9/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, has prepared a draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Woodtick Peninsula Section 204 Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for Ecosystem Restoration Project, Monroe County, Michigan. USACE is undertaking this action in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The purpose of the project is to investigate the feasibility of beneficially using dredged material from the Toledo Harbor Federal Navigation Project for ecosystem restoration purposes at Woodtick Peninsula, located in Monroe County, Michigan. The IFR/EA identifies a Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP: Alternative 4A) for ecosystem restoration that is cost-effective and promotes National Ecosystem Restoration (NER) while protecting the nation’s environment. The TSP consists of dredge material placement and the creation of an in-water artificial reef adjacent to Woodtick Peninsula. This TSP would have a placement footprint of 115.3 acres and require approximately 156,000 cubic yards of dredged material.

Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for Dike Raising, Neebish Island Dredged Material Placement Site, St. Marys River, Chippewa County, Michigan

2/2/2022
The USACE proposes to raise the dikes by 13 feet in elevation to increase capacity by 200,000 cubic yards at the existing Dredged Material Placement Site (DMPS) located on Neebish Island, Chippewa County, Michigan. See attached Public Notice & Environmental Assessment below for details. COMMENT PERIOD: Begins: February 2, 2022; Ends: March 4, 2022. Please provide all comments by email to LRE-RockCutDMPF@usace.army.mil

Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for 8th Avenue West Storm Water Detention Basin, Cook County, Grand Marias, Minnesota

2/2/2022
The USACE proposes cost reimbursement up to 75% to the City of Grand Marais, Cook County, Minnesota, pursuant to Section 569 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999, Public Law 106-53, as amended. The cost reimbursement would be applied to a stormwater basin expansion project that will provide additional stormwater storage capacity and increased settling time at the existing stormwater basin, and with widening of the downstream floodplain, will slow the discharge velocities in the outlet stream channel to reduce sediment erosion during discharge events. See attached Public Notice & Environmental Assessment below for details. COMMENT PERIOD: Begins: February 2, 2022; Ends: March 4, 2022. Please provide all comments by email to LRE-GrandMarais-MN@usace.army.mil

Latest News Releases

Great Lakes’ infrastructure grows $31.5 million stronger from Work Plan, Consolidated Appropriations Act
5/27/2022
DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is receiving nearly $26.7 million in the Fiscal Year 2022 Work Plan for operations and maintenance of Michigan river and harbor...
Corps of Engineers to replenish Michigan’s eroding beaches
5/26/2022
DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use western Michigan harbor dredge material to nourish and replenish Lake Michigan beaches from recent high water level erosion. “Nourishing beaches...
Corps of Engineers share May-Oct. water level outlook
5/17/2022
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News Stories

Commitment to high-quality USACE bridge inspections
3/4/2022
Structural cracks, buckled or bent steel, visual fretting corrosion – these are the kinds of things at the forefront of a bridge inspector’s mind. Oh, and don’t forget to quantify the severity and...
Logistics team removes area offices’ excess equipment
9/16/2021
In the early morning hours of their five-day trip to Duluth, Minnesota, the Detroit District Logistics team were quietly loading excess equipment onto a flat-bed truck headed south.The equipment’s...
Developmental assignment offers growth, connection for USACE employee
7/7/2021
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Photos

The lockcrew observing the tugboat Fredrick, which is surrounded by ice during the winter of 2014, in which 92 percent of the Great Lakes froze over.
Floating plant in the Poe Lock
Signals
Tall Ship at the Soo Locks
Job shadowing
Trimming intake pipe
Rigging
Maintenance at Indiana Harbor
September morning
Late night viewing
Detroit District Relay Team
Boating and Water Safety
Ultimate Frisbee
Tall Ship passing through the Soo Locks
Ship watching in Duluth
Inland Route Cheboygan
Saltie arrives in Duluth
Lower Lock Gates
East Approach
Ship arriving in Duluth
The Livingstone Channel
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Cleaning the locks
How do the locks work?
Exhibits at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Winter maintenance on the MacArthur Lock

Videos