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GREAT LAKES AND OHIO RIVER DIVISION • The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) is one of nine U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regional commands with seven operating districts: Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Huntington, Louisville, and Nashville. LRD is a unique division with two distinct watersheds. • Region covers 335,000 square miles in 17 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, serving more than 17 million people. • Includes 104 congressional districts, 34 U.S. senators, and 17 state delegations.

NATIONAL SECURITY: DELIVERING INNOVATIVE, RESILIENT, SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) AND THE NATION • LRD’s Military Programs cover five states within its boundaries. • The division supports 15 installations: nine Army, four Air Force, one Navy, and one DOD, with an annual budget of more than $150 million for these efforts. • LRD executes more than $500 million per year in work for DOD as the engineering design and construction agent in major construction. The Army and Air Force Reserve are its largest military customers, as it supports their design and construction efforts nationwide. The reserves account for two-thirds of the division’s major construction program. • LRD is cleaning up hazardous, toxic, and radioactive waste, and military munitions at Formerly Used Defense Sites and closed military bases, with an annual budget of $70 million.

REDUCING DISASTER RISK: HELPING THE NATION RESPOND TO, RECOVER FROM, AND MITIGATE DISASTERS • Reducing disaster risk is something USACE does every day, from routine maintenance on dams to levee safety inspections, to designing and building flood risk reduction systems, to modeling and simulations. • LRD Readiness and Contingency Operations (RCO) is the national lead for the temporary emergency power mission. In support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), LRD deploys multi-skilled teams nationwide to install, operate, and de-install FEMA-owned generators at key critical facilities until commercial power is restored.


• Employs 4,200 civilian and military engineers, scientists, project managers, and technical experts. • Manages more than $2 billion in military and civil works design and construction projects. • USACE issues permits for all construction activities affecting U.S. waters. • Over the past five years, LRD averaged 10,400 general permits, 555 individual permits, and 7,300 jurisdictional determinations each year. • LRD is also home to three USACE virtual centers of expertise: the Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise, the Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation and Risks Informed Economics Division, and the Inland Navigation Design Center.

• The division is the designated lead for response, recovery, and mitigation planning efforts in support of Emergency Support Function 3 (ESF #3) activities conducted under the National Response Framework – primarily in coordination with FEMA Region V as well as with the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky. • LRD and its districts deploy engineering experts and provide flood fight supplies to state and local communities in times of high water at the request of governors. Most recently during late December 2015 and early January 2016 major flooding, six engineers were deployed to the lower Ohio and Wabash River basins and provided more than 70,000 sandbags to assist local flood fight efforts.

INTERAGENCY AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT • LRD provides technical assistance on a reimbursable basis to federal agencies, state and local governments, private U.S. firms, international organizations, and foreign governments at the request of the State Department or DOD. • Customers include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

CIVIL WORKS: DELIVERING ENDURING AND ESSENTIAL WATER RESOURCE SOLUTIONS • Navigation – The Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS) is a continuous 27-foot deep-draft waterway extending from the western end of Lake Superior at Duluth, Minnesota, to

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