United States Army Corps of Engineers
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE, also sometimes shortened to CoE) is a U.S. federal agency under the Department of Defense. It is a major Army command made up of some 36,500 civilian and military personnel. Although generally associated with dams, canals and Flood control in the United States, USACE is involved in a wide range of public works throughout the world. The Corps of Engineers provides outdoor recreation opportunities to the public, and provides 24% of U.S. hydropower capacity.
The Corps' mission is to "Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters".
Their most visible missions include:
- Planning, designing, building, and operating locks and dams. Other civil engineering projects include flood control, restoring beaches, and dredging for waterway navigation.
- Design and construction of flood prevention systems.
- Design and construction management of military facilities for the Army. Also the Air Force, Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve and other Defense and Federal agencies.
- Environmental regulation and ecosystem restoration.
The Corps' vision is "Engineering solutions for our Nation’s toughest challenges". During the American Civil War, the functions of the Corps of Topographical Engineers were merged into the Army Corps of Engineers.
- "The Corps Environment, April 2013" (PDF). usace.army.mil. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
- USACE Mission and Vision webpage
- Henry P. Beers. "A History of the U. S. Topographical Engineers, 1818-1863". U S Corps of Topographical Engineers. Archived from the original on 26 September 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2016.