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Attention all shutterbugs! We invite you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you are out enjoying the Soo Locks, Duluth Ship Canal and Great Lakes Piers and harbors be sure to have your camera handy to capture the great landscapes, boats and piers that are only found on the Great Lakes. Click the link for more details.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has assembled and deployed teams to mid-Michigan tasked with completing site assessments and evaluating dams impacted by severe weather.
Glaciers covered most of the Great Lakes basin approximately 14,000 years ago. During the glacial retreat, the glaciers eroded rock and soil and carried it along with moving ice to the glacier edge where it was released from the melting ice and deposited as till, a mixture of sand, silt and clay.
Vicky Person joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, team three years ago and has over 35 years of experience in the field of geotechnical, environmental and construction quality control in the Midwest.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that Lakes Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie set new monthly mean water level records for April 2020, which were previously set in 1985 or 1986. All of the lakes are either in their period of seasonal rise or are reaching their peak, as we continue into the late spring and summer.
DETROIT - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that the New Lock at the Soo project is on schedule as construction for phase one of the project began this week. Trade West Construction, Inc., began to move equipment to the site on May 4 and will begin deepening the upstream approach to the locks in the north canal within the next month.
DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that construction is complete at Michigan’s second Alternate Care Facility at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The facility is expected to begin accepting patients by the end of the week.
DETROIT - 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.

Regulatory Public Notices

LRE-2010-00463-56-A19 Extension

6/1/2020
Extension of comment period for proposed pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac between Mackinaw City and Saint Ignace, Michigan

LRE-2020-00061-12-S19

5/26/2020
Proposed - Demolish, Rebuild, and Enlarge a Boat House; Install a New Seawall and Backfill; Discharge Riprap Shore Protection, in Two Canals of the St Clair River at Harsens Island, Michigan

LRE-2020-00336-16-S20

5/22/2020
Proposed Groin with Sand Pre-fill in Lake Huron in Lake Huron at Lexington, 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

Shutterbugs invited to submit photos from Great Lakes sites
5/26/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, invites the public to participate in their annual photo contest. Entries are now being accepted through 11:59 p.m. June 7 and should feature Great...
Detroit District set to assist state assessments of dam failures and flooding impacts
5/22/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has assembled and deployed teams to mid-Michigan tasked with completing site assessments and evaluating dams impacted by severe weather.After a...
Record water levels set, watching spring
5/12/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that Lakes Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie set new monthly mean water level records for April 2020, which were previously set in 1985...

News Stories

Employee Spotlight: Vicky Person
5/21/2020
Vicky Person joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, team three years ago and has over 35 years of experience in the field of geotechnical, environmental and construction quality...
High Water Impacts on Coastal Erosion
5/19/2020
Record high lake levels in 2019 on Lake Michigan have increased the height of the wave impact and accelerated the erosion. Holland, Michigan reported a loss of 50 feet of beach since last summer. Many...
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...

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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