PITTSBURGH — Two thousand sixteen marks
the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Pittsburgh District’s service to this region. The district will commemorate
this milestone throughout the year.
In the 1820s, the first Army engineers in
Pittsburgh were combat engineers who mapped transportation routes, built roads,
and constructed fortifications for the troops moving west to the frontiers.
During that time, the principle means of transportation for the troops and
their supplies was the nation’s river network. By improving the navigation, the
engineers directly contributed to the national defense and alleviated the
nation’s economic commerce issues.
Aug. 3, 1866 marks the official
establishment of the district to Pittsburgh, and marks the day that William
Millnor Roberts was appointed as the district’s first chief engineer.
Pittsburgh District’s first mission was to
finish the Ohio River Project Survey begun in 1838, and create clear, navigable
waterways for commerce on the Ohio River throughout western Pennsylvania.
District’s area of operations covers 26,000 square miles including portions of
western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland
and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of
navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose reservoirs,
42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance
the nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.
Additionally, the district has oversight
and inspection responsibility for 80 local, flood-protection projects which
focus on reducing potential damages caused by flooding within the Ohio River
In 2015 alone, the Pittsburgh District’s
locks have passed more than 46,600 loaded barges carrying more than 67 million
tons of material, taking more than 2.7 million semi-trucks off the region’s
Pittsburgh District reservoirs and
flood-prevention projects have prevented more than $13.7 billion in flood
damage since their construction.
Furthermore, Pittsburgh District is
prepared and ready to respond to natural and man-made disasters and overseas
contingencies. Most recently, the district has support FEMA with Hurricanes
Katina and Sandy, deploying more than 40 personnel to support Sandy and 106
personnel to Katina.
More than six million people visit
district lakes each year generating more than $200 million in local economic benefits
for the region.
Join the district in honoring 150 years of
our people, projects and past. To commemorate the anniversary, ceremonies will
take place throughout the year at multiple sites.
about 150th anniversary events at http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/ and follow us for updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PittsburghUSACE/
View the district's historical timeline of important, dates,
places and events throughout our 150th year, here http://bit.ly/1oHj32O.
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