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DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases the third ‘On the Level,’ Great Lakes water level and forecast video. From the head of the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Hydraulic Engineer Missy Kropfreiter discusses the International Joint Commission and Lake Superior regulation.
Detroit District's Virtual Visitor Center series from Oct. 2021 to April 2022.
DETROIT - 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 destination was the UNICOR facility in Kansas, an electronics recycling center that converts electronics into recyclable materials for resale to registered vendors.
The Lake Superior basin received 73% of its average precipitation in August leading to below average net basin supplies. Consequently, Lake Superior water levels dropped almost an inch in August, matching its long-term average (LTA) for the first time since April 2014. Forecasts indicate the lake will continue its seasonal decline, that began in August, and remain near the monthly LTA level in each of the next 6 months.
In 2021, the Detroit District celebrates 180 years of public service to the Great Lakes region. The Detroit District continues to provide essential navigation, engineering, water management, ecosystem restoration and construction services to support the economy and environment of the Great Lakes region.

Regulatory Public Notices

LRE-2005-100270-S21

10/6/2021
Proposed Bulkhead, Marina Reconfiguration, and Swing Bridge in Lake St. Clair at Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

LRE-2020-00006

3/5/2021
REISSUANCE OF NATIONWIDE PERMITS AND FINAL REGIONAL CONDITIONS IN MICHIGAN

LRL-2020-00006

3/5/2021
Indiana Final Public Notice for Federal Register Notice Announcing the Reissuance of the Nationwide Permits.

Other Public Notices

Soo Locks Complex, Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan

7/20/2021
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, PUBLIC GROUPS, AND CITIZENS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE),

Honey Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project Draft Integrated Feasiblity Study and Environmental Assessment

5/28/2021
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, PUBLIC GROUPS, AND CITIZENS The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE),

Apostle Island Marina Breakwater Draft Environmental Assessment and FONSI

5/18/2021
 TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, PUBLIC GROUPS, AND CITIZENS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE),

Latest News Releases

Corps of Engineers video explains Lake Superior regulation
10/6/2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases the third ‘On the Level,’ Great Lakes water level and forecast video.From the head of the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Hydraulic Engineer...
Detroit District invites all to Virtual Visitor Center series
10/6/2021
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District Park Rangers are continuing their popular Virtual Visitor Center series with monthly programs planned through April 2022...
Soo Locks Visitor Center temporarily closing
9/30/2021
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is temporarily closing the Soo Locks Visitor Center from Oct. 4, 2021 to Oct. 8, 2021. The Visitor Center will temporarily close to protect...

News Stories

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
DETROIT - He cannot get enough of the Great Lakes; some might say he’s hooked.By day, John Allis is the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office Chief and by night, he enjoys being in, on or around...
Corps of Engineers student trainee heads to med school
6/28/2021
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., -A Lake Superior State University graduate is gaining valuable work experience with the U.S. Corps of Engineers’ Soo Area Office as an Industrial Hygienist-Intern before...

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