July 16, 2003 |
The Army Corps of Engineers refused to reduce Missouri River water levels despite a federal judge's order to cut flows to protect endangered birds and fish. The corps said the judge's order conflicts with a federal court ruling that there must be enough water in the Missouri for barges and power plants to operate. Earlier, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington denied a request by the Justice Department and the state of Nebraska to suspend her ruling.
May 8, 2003 |
The Army Corps of Engineers, under fire for an Iraqi oil contract it awarded to Halliburton Co., acknowledged Wednesday that it had downplayed the range of the work to Congress. What was initially billed as an emergency contract to extinguish potentially hundreds of oil well fires -- a contingency that never came to pass -- is now being used to restart Iraq's oil industry. The contract, which was awarded in a no-bid, secret process, has a cap of $7 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2003 |
Get your rebar out of our lake. That was the message Wednesday from the Los Angeles City Council, nine months after the Army Corps of Engineers dumped chunks of concrete laced with steel rebar into a lake at Hansen Dam, a recreation spot popular with joggers and horse riders in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Last summer, residents noticed blocks of concrete under the water, discarded there by the corps after it rebuilt a nearby swimming lake.
June 18, 2002 |
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cannot issue permits that allow streams to be buried under excess rock and dirt from mountaintop removal coal mines, a federal judge in Charleston ruled. U.S. District Judge Charles Haden's 51-page ruling was in response to a request from the corps to clarify his decision ordering the agency to stop issuing the permits.
May 18, 2002 |
WASHINGTON--Less than three weeks after the Army Corps of Engineers said it would suspend about 150 of its congressionally approved water projects in response to criticism of the agency's economic analyses, the agency has already cleared most of them to proceed. The corps said Friday that it had reviewed 172 projects since April 30, when Maj. Gen. Robert H.
May 1, 2002 |
The Army Corps of Engineers is suspending work on about 150 congressionally approved water projects to review the economics used to justify them, an unprecedented response to criticism of Corps analyses inside and outside the Bush administration. Maj. Gen. Robert Griffin, director of the Corps' civil works program, said the Corps will immediately stop work on billions of dollars' worth of active public works projects that are not yet under construction.
December 29, 2001 |
A Bush administration draft of rules for a $7.8-billion restoration of the Florida Everglades maps out a broad strategy to save water but has no deadlines or time lines demanded by environmental activists. The draft, released by the Army Corps of Engineers, includes only the most general of plans for saving the nation's shrinking wetlands. The blueprint specifies elimination of canals, conservation of water and the tracking of wildlife over three decades.
November 12, 2001 |
A new policy by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could substantially weaken protection of the nation's remaining wetlands, including the ragged remnants of marshes and streams in California, federal officials and environmentalists say. Critics say that a corps letter, dated Oct. 31 and written without the knowledge of other federal agencies that oversee wetlands, retreats from a decade-old policy that the nation's amount of wetlands cannot be reduced.
August 9, 2001 |
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed Wednesday to weaken a series of rules to protect wetlands, including a requirement that developers create or restore a wetland for every one they destroy through building. The proposals were part of an effort by the corps to loosen rules they set last year--with the prodding of Clinton administration officials--to better safeguard wetlands as required by the Clean Water Act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2001
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Newhall Land & Farming Co. and the Army Corps of Engineers by environmentalists who claimed the firm had used noise machines to frighten two species of endangered birds from a construction site. The suit sought a review of a permit issued by the corps that allows Newhall Land to alter the banks of the Santa Clara River for its projects. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson dismissed the case Wednesday.