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North Central Division Office
Congressional Update - North Central Division, Army Corps of Engineers - Basin
Perspective Preserved in New Restructuring Plan
The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of FY 1997 (PL
104-206) requires that the Secretary of the Army develop a plan to reduce the
number of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers divisions to no less than six and no more
than eight, with each division responsible for at least 4 districts. Numerous
plans have been submitted and rejected over the last year, all of which called
for closure of the North Central Division office which has jurisdiction over the
Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River.
The Secretary of the Army has just approved a new restructuring plan.
Under the provisions of this plan, the Great Lakes districts of the NCD still
will be combined with the districts of the Ohio River Division to form a ‘Great
Lakes and Ohio River Division.' However, division headquarter offices will
remain in both Chicago and Cincinnati, each with a regional deputy comander and
SES. Communcations indicate that no reduction-in-force is expected for Great
Lakes division personnel. The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division will contain
the districts of Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Louisville, Huntington, Pittsburgh
and Nashville. The Mississippi River districts of St. Paul and Rock Island
(formerly under NCD jurisdiction) will be transferred to the Lower Mississippi
Valley Division (renamed Mississippi Valley Division).
An office which can provide a basin perspective for Corps programs is
extremely important in interagency interactions. It is especially important in
light of the authorization of several environmental provisions directed at the
Great Lakes in the most recent Water Resources Development Act. Thanks are due
to the Great Lakes Task Force members, and the Great Lakes Commission, which
wrote letters to the Army Corps in strong support of Great Lakes programs at the
Division Office in Chicago.
For more information please contact Rochelle Sturtevant (202-225-5731)
or Patricia Cicero (202)-224-0388.