News Stories

  • June

    Despite rain, Industry Day shines light on major Ohio River navigation project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District hosted Industry Engagement Day to inform contractors about a multi-year construction project at Montgomery Locks and Dam in Monaca, Pennsylvania.
  • March

    Women of the Pittsburgh District: Jessa Farmer

    In celebration of Women's History Month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is highlighting several of the many women in the district whose talent and expertise support our communities and our nation. Today we had a conversation with Jessa Farmer, Pittsburgh District's Geotechnical and Water Resources Branch Chief about her experiences and what Women's History Month means to her.
  • February

    Celebrating Black History Month

    Every February, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District joins the nation to observe and reflect on the tremendous contributions that African Americans have made to our country and our history. As 2022’s Black History Month ends, we took time to talk with some of our people and ask them about their experiences and perspectives that both empowered and shaped them. Although only three Black voices were interviewed, Black History Month is an opportunity for the corps to share some of our employees’ perspectives on Black history and what it means to them.
  • Same old locks, new maintenance solutions each year

    A maintenance workshop that began 40 years ago has grown from a small gathering of 12 people to an international event.
  • If you do what you love

    “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Whether it was Marc Anthony or inspired by Confucius, the quote has existed for centuries but is still true today. This Valentine’s Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District highlights some of our employees who do what they love while accomplishing critical roles that deliver the district’s mission to the nation. We asked them about their childhood hobbies and interests and how those passions grew into careers.
  • Pittsburgh District joins Duquesne University to form a stunning partnership

    Every organization says they are a learning organization, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has taken its quest for innovation to a stunning level. During the 2021 recreation season, experts from the Pittsburgh District began a partnership with Duquesne University’s biology department. The goal was to test water quality within Crooked Creek Lake’s watershed called an “electrofishing survey,” which the corps had not used before.
  • January

    Beyond snow: How snowpack benefits reservoirs once it melts

    Snow offers immediate reservoir-recreational activities for those who love winter, but another benefit of snow extends well beyond the cold season.
  • Pittsburgh District collaborates, remains vigilant against ice on the rivers

    When the rivers around Pittsburgh begin to freeze, a committee of experts assembles to respond.
  • Hundreds attend Eagle Fest at Shenango River Lake

    As people’s schedules start calming down after the Christmas season, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike had the chance to come together at Shenango River Lake and learn about America’s avian rockstar: the bald eagle.
  • Corps upgrades Paden City’s wastewater treatment systems

    Ever had a problem with the septic tank in your yard? The cost to replace it, and consequences if you do not, can really stink – even more so when the problem is on a community-wide level. That is why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is partnering with Paden City to upgrade the sanitary sewer collection and treatment facilities in Tyler and Wetzel counties as part of a $2 million environmental infrastructure project.
  • December

    Pittsburgh geospatial team takes flight

    Commercial drones have become popular over the years because of their ability to record photos and videos from the sky, both for professional and recreational use.
  • Like a tornado through his body: Pittsburgh District employee fights for his life, survives COVID-19

    He described it like being in the grasp of a giant. Every time he tried to suck in air, an invisible fist squeezed tighter around his body, collapsing his lungs.
  • How water management works, all day, every day

    A football coach manages players. A restaurant manager oversees cooks, waiters and general staff. An air traffic controller manages planes coming and going through the sky. But who manages the nation’s waters?
  • November

    The Little Engine That Could retires after four decades

    After 43 years, Rosemary Reilly is marking the end of an era. Reilly, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District’s Water Quality Unit lead, is closing out a landmark career that spanned more than four decades, earned numerous awards, built key partnerships, and served 18 district commanders.
  • A tale of two dams: The quiet warrior and the gritty worker

    The brother and sister duo may seem quiet, but their work is hardly dormant. Their names are Conemaugh and Loyalhanna: two giants whose front gates are only eight miles apart. They both reside in the town of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, with a population of roughly 700.
  • October

    Using sunshine, plastic, and pollination to help the environment

    Can plastic help birds, bees, butterflies, and bass? It can, if the plastic is part of a process called solarization, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ staff at Mosquito Creek Lake are using it to improve the entire regional watershed.
  • Fighting the aquatic invasion at Mosquito Creek Lake will require careful planning

    Mosquito Creek Lake is facing an aquatic invasion that is green, thick, and sometimes slimy. The invaders are responsible for damaging boat motors and slowly choking out fish and plant life by depriving them of oxygen.
  • Stepping foot outside of digital meetings

    The Pittsburgh District commander is a man on a mission: to visit all 41 facilities by the end of October.
  • Colossal construction on Monongahela pumps out water, marking turning point in top U.S. navigation project

    The newest navigation lock on the Monongahela River is massive. It can fit nine barges and hold 20 million gallons of water, and it is now finally empty.
  • September

    Underwater vehicles safeguard lives, improve efficiency for Pittsburgh District

    The newest underwater remote operated vehicle for the Pittsburgh District is equipped with a high-definition video and photo camera, a multibeam sonar, a claw that can rotate and grab objects, and thrusters that are twice as powerful as the previous version to pilot through stronger currents.