• September

    San Francisco District’s Harper continues ERDC University project

    Spencer Harper, a coastal engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco District, reached the halfway mark in his research project with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) six-month detail program known as ERDC University, or ERDC-U.
  • August

    The Corps Environment - August 2022 issue now available

    The August 2022 edition of The Corps Environment is now available! This edition highlights employing an open and transparent process, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #7, and features initiatives from across the Army environmental community that are providing environmental benefits across the globe.
  • Dry Creek Restoration Project gets underway with Aug. 16 ceremony at Gallo Site

    GEYSERVILLE, Calif. – Please join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District (USACE), Sonoma Water and key local partners as they commemorate the start of construction for the Dry Creek Ecosystem Restoration Phase 1 Project.
  • July

    Army Corps of Engineers warns most water-related accidents and fatalities occur in July

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding the public that more water-related accidents and fatalities occur at its lakes and river projects in July than in any other month. “July is the month when we normally see the most water-related accidents and fatalities so there is reason to be concerned,” said Pam Doty, USACE National Water Safety Program Manager. “We stress to the recreating public a number of things to be aware of while in, on, or near open water
  • June

    USACE, City of South San Francisco host public meeting for Lower Colma Creek study

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of South San Francisco (SSF), together with the SSF - San Bruno Water Quality Control Plant are partnering on a coastal storm damage reduction project for the Water Quality Control Plant and one of its pump stations. Our goal is to manage the risk that coastal flooding poses to this critical infrastructure, to maintain critical services, despite the increasing flood risk that is expected with sea level rise. Flood-inducing plant failure could result in raw sewage backups into homes and streets, as well as emergency sewage releases into Colma Creek. This project aims to reduce the risk of these damages, and increase the community’s resilience to flood risk.
  • PUBLIC NOTICE – PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: Public Comment for Section 160 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Definition of Economically Disadvantaged Community

    Public Comment Period: 03 June 2022 to 02 August 2022 In accordance with Section 160 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works is conducting a 60-day public comment period to gather public comments on the definition of the term “economically disadvantaged community” and other terms listed below. A companion Federal Register Notice is publishing concurrently and can be found at www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-11881.
  • May

    Lake Sonoma continues expanded “No Wake Zones”

    GEYSERVILLE, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma is continuing the expanded no wake zones established in 2021 to keep boaters safe during historic low water levels this recreation season. With increasing underwater hazards, boats will not be allowed to travel more than 5 mph or produce a wake in the Warm Springs arm of the lake, beginning at the Rockpile Road Bridge. The Dry Creek arm will also continue expanded no wake zones beginning upstream of Falcons Nest Campground. Normal boating operations will be allowed between Falcons Nest Campground and Rockpile Road Bridge. These zones will remain in effect until the lake level increases to a safer pool elevation.
  • Controlled Burn Scheduled for Lake Sonoma’s Warm Springs Dam

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District (NSCFPD) and Santa Rosa Junior College, are planning to conduct a controlled burn training at Lake Sonoma’s Warm Springs Dam from Wednesday, June 1 – Friday, June 3. This event serves to help train firefighters how to conduct controlled burns, and to allow for mandatory safety inspections of the earthen dam. Periodic episodes of smoke may be visible each day during the training course.
  • Register Now for Environmental & Climate Justice Webinar June 7, 11 a.m. PT,

    Please join the US Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District and National Flood Risk Management Program on June 7 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PT (12p MT, 1p CT, 2p ET) for “Out of harm’s way – without harm. Environmental and climate justice in flood buyouts and relocation.” This is the 7th webinar in our Bridging the Equity Gap Webinar Series.
  • Milt Brandt Visitor Center reopens May 20th

    Geyserville, CA. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Sonoma is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Milt Brandt Visitor Center to the public on Friday, May 20th. The Don Clausen Fish Hatchery and viewing bridge will remain closed until further notice.
  • DOE Partners with USACE to Safely Tear Down High Risk Building, Reactor at LLNL

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Districts and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management partnered with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to demolish a building and remove a reactor to make room for new facilities on the lab’s 1-square-mile footprint in Livermore, Calif. Since space is limited the lab must demo buildings that have outlived their purpose such as buildings B175 and B280, two high risk excess contaminated facilities. B280 housed the Livermore Pool Type Reactor, a neutron-producing machine used for fundamental research and to measure and calibrate instruments. Later, it was used for trace-element measurements, radiation-damage studies and researching shorter-lived fission products. San Francisco and Kansas City Districts, in an interagency agreement with EM, completed removal of the reactor from within the building. The reactor demolition work included characterizing and demolishing the reactor bioshield, reactor internals and support equipment.
  • April

    Learning how to meld environmental justice with flood risk management

    SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco District Flood Risk Management Program is partnering with experts, external agency staff, academics and other practitioners with a story to tell to help its personnel and others learn how to integrate equity and environmental justice into their work affecting historically marginalized or overburdened communities.
  • March

    San Francisco District’s Spencer Harper selected for ERDC University

    Researchers from five U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Districts have been selected for the 2022 session of the Engineer Research and Development Center University (ERDC-U). Coastal Engineer Spencer Harper with the South Pacific Division’s San Francisco District was chosen as a participant for this detail program, which is now in its seventh year.
  • January

    Army Corps of Engineers, UC Berkeley repatriate human remains to Wiyot Tribe

    SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District and the University of California, Berkeley, have successfully repatriated 20 human remains and 136 objects of historical, traditional and cultural importance to the Wiyot Tribe of Loleta, Calif. The collection resided in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. The remains and associated items were uncovered in 1946 during construction activities related to the Humboldt Bay Jetties, which were built by the Corps. A cultural affiliation study conducted by Statistical Research Inc. for the Corps found the human remains were likely to be lineal descendants of the Wiyot people, based on ethnographic, linguistic, osteological and archaeological data. Further research conducted by UC Berkeley in 2021 indicated that these individuals were likely victims of the Indian Island Massacre, which took place on Feb. 26, 1860, when settlers attacked numerous Wiyot villages.
  • December

    USACE, Port of Oakland ship turning basins study ready for public review

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco District, in collaboration with the Port of
  • August

    South Pacific Division leaders reflect on Women's Equality Day

    Women's Equality Day, celebrated annually on August 26, commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, granting women the right to vote. This effort to gain legal recognition as equal citizens had its formal beginning in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, where the first women’s rights convention was held.
  • July

    NEPA scoping period begins for Upper Guadalupe River study

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco District is currently preparing a general reevaluation report and integrated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document to evaluate flood risk management and recreation alternatives along 5.5 miles of the Guadalupe River in San Jose, Calif. Valley Water is the non-federal partner for the study.
  • March

    Bay Model set to reopen March 5

    The Bay Model Visitor Center (BMVC) plans to reopen to the public this Friday. The facility, which is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District, has been closed since March 17, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • From dirt and dust to blooms and beauty

    Women in science, technology, engineering, and math has become a hot topic in recent years at many schools and colleges. However, less than one-third of people employed globally in STEM fields today are women, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. In the United States, that number is even fewer at just about 14%. But there have been trailblazing women involved in STEM fields for centuries.
  • February

    The Corps Environment - February 2021 issue now available

    The February 2021 edition of The Corps Environment is now available! This edition highlights proactively considering environmental consequences and acting accordingly, in support of Environmental Operating Principle #2.