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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has assembled and deployed field assessment teams tasked with evaluating existing facilities in Michigan for the possible conversion into alternate care facilities as part of the nationwide federal, state and local effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened today Wednesday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2020 Great Lakes shipping season. The up-bound Motor Vessel H. Lee White, 704-foot long freighter, is the first ship to enter the Poe Lock. It is coming from Sturgeon Bay, Michigan and headed to Superior, Wisconsin to load cargo.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is taking precautionary measures to protect its workforce, while also remaining committed to serving the nation during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The district has a plan in place for continuity of operations during a pandemic crisis such as COVID-19 and is prepared to respond to changes accordingly.
2019 Year in Review! Check out some of the Detroit District highlights from 2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, strongly urges individuals to use caution around Great Lakes structures and to be aware of safety hazards resulting from high water levels.
Visit our website for the latest information on the New Lock at the Soo in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Regulatory Public Notices

Informational Notice Concerning Communication with Detroit Regulatory

3/27/2020
As a result of the current public health emergency, the Detroit District Regulatory Office has transitioned to an electronic business process. The Regulatory Office continues to evaluate permit requests and complete some jurisdiction determinations. Our staff is actively working, but our physical offices are closed. The preferred method to communicate with us is via email. Our outgoing communication will be primarily email, including issued permits.

LRE-1974-160261-A19

3/27/2020
Proposed submerged electric cable replacement in the Straits of Mackinac between McGulpin Point and Point LaBarbe, Michigan.

LRE-2003-510090-S19

3/19/2020
Proposed Marina, Riprap and Outfall in Lake Macatawa at Holland, Michigan

Other Public Notices

Grand River Draft EIS Notice of Intent/NEPA Scoping Meeting

3/19/2019
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District, announces its intent to conduct public scoping and solicit public comments to gather information to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on behalf of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) related to the proposed Grand River Habitat Restoration and Invasive Species Control Project in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The project must provide a means to block sea lamprey from moving upstream, as this invasive species is currently blocked by the existing 6th Street Dam in the Grand River, must maintain or reduce the current risk of flooding upstream, and must provide for fish passage into upstream areas. If implemented, the project is expected to adversely impact existing healthy mussel population, which includes the federally-listed endangered scaleshell and snuffbox mussels as well as a number of state listed mussel species. DATES: Comments for consideration in the development of the scope of the NEPA draft EIS are due no later than May 15, 2019. Comments may also be made at the public scoping meeting as noted below. All comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. ADDRESSES: The public is invited to submit written comments at the meeting and/or to Mr. Charles A. Uhlarik,Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Environmental Analysis Branch, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 or via email to: Comments-Grand-River@usace.army.mil.

Saginaw River Deepening Study Termination

11/7/2018
NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, PUBLIC GROUPS AND CITIZENS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

DE PERE DAM, EAST EMBANKMENT SEEPAGE BLANKET ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

8/1/2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, under its operations and maintenance

Latest News Releases

Detroit District supporting national response to COVID-19 pandemic
3/27/2020
DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has assembled and deployed field assessment teams tasked with evaluating existing facilities in Michigan for the possible conversion into...
The Soo Locks open as 2020 shipping season begins
3/25/2020
DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo Locks inSault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened today Wednesday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2020 Great Lakes...
Detroit District is protecting work force while working for the nation
3/23/2020
DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is taking precautionary measures to protect its workforce, while also remaining committed to serving the nation during the COVID-19 public...

News Stories

Memo from the Director of Contracting re: COVID-19
3/17/2020
For USACE Contractors, As the Director of Contracting for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, I wanted to personally reach out to all of you and let you know that we are actively monitoring the...
Employee Spotlight: Kelly Schroter
12/10/2019
After participating in a developmental assignment at the USACE headquarters office for four months, Kelly Schroter reflects on her experiences.“[I] really enjoyed learning how aspects of my job, such...
Detroit wins Corps Small Business awards
12/4/2019
The Detroit District leadership participated in the Federal Small Business Conference this year and received U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards while there for the great work the district does with...

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

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