Joining Forces to Engineer with Nature

Joining Forces to Engineer with Nature U.S. Army, Douglass Pile, and ICE® Secure the Earth  Editor: Allison Braswell There is a vital group of U.S. Army employees whose engineering services strengthen security and restore the environment of the United States and more than 130 other countries. They are first on the scene at natural disaster areas, save 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually as the Nation's largest hydro-power generator, maintain the sa ... Read more

It’s Smooth Sailing with Refreshed Boat Launch

It's Smooth Sailing with Refreshed Boat Launch Merritt Point Park Boat Ramp Editor: Allison Braswell    Merritt Point Park in Dundalk, Maryland, is a local favorite for outdoor recreation. In addition to its charming horseshoe pits and illuminated ball diamonds, this 36.3-acre waterfront park features a dual-lane boat launch that invites boaters and paddlers out onto Bullneck Creek, which flows into Chesapeake Bay. The Old Line State is known for offering some of th ... Read more

Replenishing Pilots on the Mighty Mississippi

Replenishing Pilots on the Mighty Mississippi Water Storage on Pilottown  Editor: Allison Braswell    Just south of Venice, LA is Pilottown, a base founded in 1860 where river pilots guide oceangoing vessels between the entrance of the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans. From massive tankers to cruise ships with thousands of passengers, these pilots climb aboard from their pilot boats and guide an average of 6,000 vessels a year, which includes ... Read more

Saving America’s Crumbling Bridges

Saving America's Crumbling Bridges Editor: Allison Braswell   Despite their importance, bridges are the most neglected components of U.S. infrastructure, especially those on local roads. The inconvenience of closures for inspections and frequency of bridge use too often results in deferred maintenance. The consequences are obvious--bridges are falling apart far faster than they are being repaired.  Bridges are integral elements of America's transportation systems--and ... Read more