The Falls City Engineers: A History of the Louisville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1984-2004
ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT LOUISVILLE KY
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This volume completes a trilogy of historical surveys of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, which has had a presence in the Falls of the Ohio area for two hundred years. Initially the District operated the Louisville and Portland canal at the Falls, and in two centuries, the United States Congress expanded its navigation mission to include flood protection, water supply, hydropower production, recreation, emergency response, environmental enhancement, and support to the nations military forces. The Districts original assignment to construct and manage navigation infrastructure at the Falls of Colonel Raymond K. Midkiff the Ohio continues into the twenty-first century with the building of a second 1200-foot lock at the McAlpine Locks and Dam. At the Olmsted project, the District in 2005 is constructing massive locks and a dam to replace two of the Ohio Rivers wicket dams, the last vestiges of the river canalization project completed in 1929. The navigation mission likely will remain a major task of the District during this century and beyond. Likewise the District will continue to execute its other missions and take on new ones as charged by federal directives. As it has for 200 years, the Corps will aspire to meet new engineering and technological challenges to serve the region and the nation with distinction.
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