The Detroit District, established in 1841, covers 82,000 square miles of land. This area is inhabited by approximately 14 million people and has 4,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. The Detroit Districts major mission is to investigate, plan, design, construct, operate and maintain Congressionally authorized water resource projects that are related to navigation, flood control, beach erosion and other activities. For instance, the District operates and maintains the World Famous Soo Locks, and 94 harbors on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair, as well as the State of Michigan portion of Lake Erie. The Detroit District also manages the Great Lakes Water Control Data System, making it the Corps' center for hydrometeorologic and water level data collection and dissemination for the Great Lakes system (water level forecast).

As we move into the 21st Century, we stand ready to work with our customers to provide the best possible service to the people of the Great Lakes region, and wherever our nation needs us.

If you're looking for a partnering agency to assist with an engineering project the Corps has a number of cost-shared programs available for working with States, local governments and Native American Indian tribes which address water resource and environmental problems.

In addition, under the Interagency and International Services (IIS) the Corps can provide, (on a 100% reimbursable basis), technical support to Federal, State, municipal and Tribal agencies. The Detroit District's expertise is used extensively by other Federal agencies (and many non-Federal government customers). Our capabilities includes surveys, dredging, assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, environmental services, real estate acquisition and support, as well as a variety of planning, engineering and construction services. We look forward to providing quality partnership and service in the future.

The Corps offers the following products and services:

  • Project Management
  • Contracting Services
  • Technical Assistance
  • Planning Assistance
  • Environmental Services
  • Research & Development (LABS)
  • Emergency Management Services
  • Water Resources
  • Real Estate Services
  • Horizontal & Vertical Construction
  • Permit Review and Issuance (Regulatory)
Additionally, the Corps can provide the following resources:
  • People
  • Funding
  • Private Sector Contractors
  • Experience
  • Expertise
  • Project Management - Start to Finish
  • Nationally Recognized Laboratories (LABS)
Essayons: A history of the Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers