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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2021) – It took 12 years, but a $750,000 mitigation effort culminated in late 2020 that helped the Cumberland River Aquatic Center to propagate mussels and other aquatic species.
GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations visited the Kentucky Lock Addition Project Wednesday for a status update and rundown of challenges the project delivery team has faced, especially with high water impacts.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 11, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District honored its retiring deputy district engineer yesterday. Few people were physically present due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, but more than 120 employees, leaders, and friends joined the ceremony virtually to make sure they recognized Patty Coffey’s impactful career and unique blend of strong and caring leadership.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 10, 2020) – The public is invited to watch a newly released video that highlights how water is managed in the Cumberland River Basin in support of flood risk management, commercial navigation, hydropower production, water supply, environmental stewardship, and recreational opportunities.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division in Cincinnati, Ohio, has approved the Old Hickory Lake Shoreline Management Plan, which finalizes the review process.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2020) – The 55th chief of engineers presented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safety Award of Excellence, district category, to Nashville District officials today during the USACE National Awards Ceremony.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 27, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently completed two “Clean Marina” recertifications and recognized both for meeting established standards for clean water and environmental stewardship in the Cumberland River Basin.
SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2020) – A new floating barge equipped with an air curtain burner began incinerating debris on Lake Cumberland this week, a move that will increase the efficiency of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District team charged with debris removal operations onboard the PRIDE of the Cumberland.
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Cumberland River Aquatic Center flexes its mussels with Corps mitigation dollars
1/22/2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2021) – It took 12 years, but a $750,000 mitigation effort culminated in late 2020 that helped the Cumberland River Aquatic Center to propagate mussels and other aquatic...
Cleary named Nashville District Employee of the Month for November 2020
1/8/2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 8, 2021) – Ryan Cleary, project engineer at the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project Resident Engineer Office, is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Employee of...
General gets rundown on challenges impacting Kentucky Lock Addition Project
12/18/2020
GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations visited the Kentucky Lock Addition Project Wednesday for a status update and...
Nashville District deputy district engineer culminates impactful career
12/11/2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 11, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District honored its retiring deputy district engineer yesterday. Few people were physically present due to COVID-19...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Releases Work Plan for Fiscal 2021 Civil Works Appropriations
1/19/2021 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2021 Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program Jan. 19, 2021...
NR 20-031: Martin Fork Lake Field Office temporarily using appointment system
12/14/2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 14, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that the Martins Fork Lake Field Office located in Smith, Kentucky, is accepting visitors by...
NR 20-030: Video highlights water management in Cumberland River Basin
12/10/2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 10, 2020) – The public is invited to watch a newly released video that highlights how water is managed in the Cumberland River Basin in support of flood risk management,...

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(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
USACE barge transports debris screen at Wilson Lock
Diver helps remove debris screen at Wilson Lock
Photo by Ashley Webster
USACE Crane barge removes a debris screen at Wilson Lock
Photo by Mark Rankin
Photo by Mark Rankin
INDIAN MOUND, Tn. (Jul 21, 2020). Train like you fight, Soldiers load for JRTC. (Photo by USACE/Daniel Barrios)
Military Vehicles transit Barkley Canal enroute to JRTC
Military Vehicles transit Kentucky Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Shimmick construction crews work to construct monoliths July 21, 2020 for a new navigation lock as part of the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project at the Tennessee Valley Authority project. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Shimmick construction workers prepare the riverbed inside a coffer dam July 21, 2020 in preparation to place more concrete for a monolith. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is constructing a new navigation lock as part of the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project at the Tennessee Valley Authority project on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
A Shimmick construction worker prepares steel forms July 21, 2020 in preparation to place more concrete for a monolith. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is constructing a new navigation lock as part of the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project at the Tennessee Valley Authority project on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
US Army Capt. Luke C. Dressman assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, sets up an easel next to the Cumberland River in preparation for a military leadership training course at Lock C in Indian Mound Tenn.  (USACE Photo by Daniel Barrios)
US Army Capt. Luke C. Dressman assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, sets up an easel next to the Cumberland River in preparation for a military leadership training course at Lock C in Indian Mound Tenn.  (USACE Photo by Daniel Barrios)
U.S. Army Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Commissioned Officers from USACE Nashville District and the 326th Engineer Battalion from Fort Campbell Ky. Participate in leadership training at Lock C on the Cumberland River in Indian Mound Tenn. (USACE Photo by Daniel Barrios)
Officials held a ceremony July 1, 2020 to celebrate the completion of the last phase of repairs for the $353 million Center Hill Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently finished constructing a roller compacted concrete berm to reinforce the auxiliary dam at Center Hill Lake, a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam. Construction of the $50 million RCC Berm completes the final major construction contract to remediate the Center Hill project. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Lt. Col. Sonny Avichal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, addresses guests at the Center Hill Lake Auxiliary Dam July 1, 2020 during a ceremony celebrating the completion of the last phase of repairs for the $353 million Center Hill Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently finished constructing a roller compacted concrete berm to reinforce the auxiliary dam at Center Hill Lake, a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
(Left to Right) Bill DeBruyn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District construction liaison; Tennessee District 40 Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver; Lt. Col. Sonny Avichal, Nashville District commander; Steve Kohler, president and chief executive officer of Thalle Construction Corporation; David W. Salyers, P.E., Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; and Linda Adcock, Corps of Engineers retiree and former project manager; cut a ribbon signifying the completion of the roller compacted concrete berm and the overarching Center Hill Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Aerial photo of the Center Hill Auxiliary Dam and roller compacted concrete berm in Silver Point, Tennessee, May 11, 2020. The RCC berm reinforces the auxiliary dam, a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam. (Courtesy Asset)
Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council member for District 15; Jessica Reeves, who oversees the historic markers program with the Metro Historical Commission; Lt. Col. Sonny Avichal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander; Bill Holman, grandson of former lockmaster Red Holman, unveil a historical marker during a ceremony at Lock 2 Park, highlighting the historical relevance of Lock and Dam 2. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Don Getty (Right), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District project manager for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project, and Barney Schulte, the project’s lead engineer, monitor the progress of the placement of the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The Corps and contractor, Johnson Brothers, placed the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.7 million pound concrete shell into position Feb. 2, 2020 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the last of 10 shells. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
A diver enters the water to assist with the placement of the 10th and final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.7 million pound concrete shell into position Feb. 2, 2020 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the last of 10 shells. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.7 million pound concrete shell into position Feb. 2, 2020 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the last of 10 shells. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Left) and Congressman James Comer, Kentucky 1st District, congratulate each other after McConnell initiated a button to commission a bio-acoustic fish fence Nov. 8, 2019 below Barkley Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The BAFF sends a curtain of bubbles, sound and light from the riverbed to the water surface, which deters noise-sensitive Asian carp from entering the lock chamber. Fisheries managers on the west coast of the United States use a similar system to guide the movement of trout and salmon from water channels. This marks the first time a BAFF has been tested at a lock and dam on a large river. Construction of the BAFF began in July 2019. The project involves multiple partners, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, U.S. Geological Survey, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Fish Guidance Systems, a United Kingdom-based company specializing in fish deflection and guidance systems, provided the BAFF technology at Barkley Lock.  (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a commissioning ceremony for a bio-acoustic fish fence Nov. 8, 2019 below Barkley Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The BAFF sends a curtain of bubbles, sound and light from the riverbed to the water surface, which deters noise-sensitive Asian carp from entering the lock chamber. Fisheries managers on the west coast of the United States use a similar system to guide the movement of trout and salmon from water channels. This marks the first time a BAFF has been tested at a lock and dam on a large river. Construction of the BAFF began in July 2019. The project involves multiple partners, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, U.S. Geological Survey, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Fish Guidance Systems, a United Kingdom-based company specializing in fish deflection and guidance systems, provided the BAFF technology at Barkley Lock.  (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Preston Brust (second from right) and Chris Lucas (Right) of the country music duo LoCash pose with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers Jacob Albers (Left) and Brent Sewell at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tenn, Oct. 19, 2015.  The group filmed a water safety PSA that features LoCash’s hit song "I Love This Life," which is currently moving up the country music charts. It is being used to support the USACE National Water Safety Campaign “Life Jackets Worn, Nobody Mourns.”
Country Music Star Dolly Parton performs at the Cordell Hull Dam Dedication Oct. 13, 1973 on the shore of the Cumberland River at the dam in Carthage, Tenn. According to an Associated Press report following the event about 2,000 people attended. Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of President Richard M. Nixon, was the keynote speaker at the dedication.