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  • September

    A $400,000 signature: Corps signs PAS agreement with Indiana County, Pennsylvania

    With a pen stroke, Pittsburgh District Commander Adam Czekanski set the gears in motion for a $426,000 project in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • 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

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • July

    Col. Czekanski takes command of Pittsburgh District

    Col. Adam J. Czekanski became the 56th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District through a traditional Army change of command ceremony held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, July 29.
  • “They lost everything”: What it's like to deploy to disaster-stricken communities

    Picture a city the size of Manhattan. Now picture 10 Manhattans ablaze. Nearly everything is gone. Seared car frames line the street. People sift through the ash where their homes used to be for whatever may have survived: jewelry, wedding gifts, a vase their mother gave them. Everything smells like melted plastic and smoke.
  • December

    That’s a Wrap: Corps Concludes East Branch Dam Repair Project

    A big dam problem required a big dam solution. After seven years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is wrapping up the East Branch Dam Cutoff Wall Rehabilitation project in Elk County, Pennsylvania.
  • May

    Working as Essential Personnel in a Pandemic

    Wake up, put on a pair boots, a hard hat and a life jacket: this is Kevin Bricker’s daily routine as he heads to work an 8-hour shift as a lock operator on the Allegheny River. That was until the coronavirus pandemic hit western Pennsylvania.
  • April

    Home Offices, Antique Cars and Cork Boards

    From the comfort of their own homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District staff are finding innovative ways to adapt and embrace the challenges of coronavirus.