Archive: 2024
  • April

    USACE seeks public comment on Pajaro River environmental document

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District (USACE) has achieved another key milestone in its efforts to advance construction on the Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project. USACE conducted an environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). The Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) dated April 2024 for the Pajaro River at Watsonville, California, Reach 6 Flood Risk Management Project addresses design refinements for the authorized flood risk management project along Corralitos Creek in the City of Watsonville. Reach 6 remains on schedule to start construction later this year.
  • March

    USACE ‘pushing the boundaries’ of research and development

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and its Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) announce the release of the FY23 USACE R&D Annual Report, a deep dive into the innovation and critical thinking throughout the organization to tackle tough engineering challenges and transform future operations. The report highlights dozens of ongoing projects and programs being executed in USACE’s premier research laboratories and the ways in which the techniques and technologies developed in those laboratories are being deployed across the USACE enterprise.
  • February

    District holds flood fight training as it pours outside

    As atmospheric rivers drenched California once again, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District held their annual Flood Fight Team training Feb. 5 to enhance their technical expertise in understanding USACE and state existing emergency and flood fight related policies and best practices. Emergency Management Chief Holly Costa and Dam and Levee Safety Program Manager Cyrus Yaghobi taught the half-day training, which was attended by the San Francisco team in-person at the district’s headquarters and joined by the Sacramento District’s flood fight team virtually.
  • January

    USACE, EBMUD officials sign milestone project partnership agreement in Alameda

    ALAMEDA, Calif. – Leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District and East Bay Municipal Utility District signed a milestone project partnership agreement today paving the way for construction of the first recycled water pipeline to serve Alameda.
  • Shallow water strategic placement pilot project kicks off in San Francisco Bay

    A steady stream of scows began arriving the morning of Dec. 6 just off the coast of Eden Landing, a 6,400-acre ecological reserve located along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, depositing nutrient-rich dredge material in the shallow Bay waters about one mile from its tidal marshes. The daily operation, which wrapped up Dec. 31, is part of a $3.6 million shallow water strategic placement pilot project spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District, California State Coastal Conservancy (non-federal project proponent), and monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey. Sediment has a very important role to play in preparing the Bay Area for sea level rise, storm surge and other impacts of climate change. Beneficially using dredged sediment to help the bay's wetlands accrete is an effective and cost-efficient way to maintain these habitats that sustain wildlife and provide critical flood defenses.