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For more than 40 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working hard to be good stewards of the environment. Now more than ever, sustainability is a major part of our business. From alternative energy to climate change, USACE is partnering with state and federal agencies to 'go green'. In this next report, Michelle Helms takes us to an ecosystem restoration project in Portland, Oregon. More about USACE Sustainability: Available in High Definition.

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This work, USACE - Ecosystem Restoration, by Mary Cochran, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.3.2013

Date Posted:04.3.2013 3:48PM


Video ID:285814




Location:OR, US

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  • Nation’s Environmental Engineer
As the nation’s environmental engineer, the U.S. Army Corps manages one of the largest federal environmental missions in the United States:
Restoring degraded ecosystems
Constructing sustainable facilities
Regulating waterways and managing natural resources
Cleaning up contaminated sites from past military activities
The responsibility to deliver environmentally sound projects and services to our customers touches every program within the Corps: Military Programs, Civil Works and Research and Development.

The scope and magnitude of environmental issues that the Corps addresses make it stand out among other federal agencies. But it is more than one agency can do on its own, it requires working in partnership with others to ensure our environmental efforts meet the needs of the American public.

The Army Corps of Engineers continually partners with other federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to find innovative solutions to challenges that affect everyone: sustainability, climate change, endangered species, environmental cleanup, ecosystem restoration and more.

The Army Corps of Engineers’ environmental professionals are key resources for anyone inside or outside the Army family, wherever and whenever environmental solutions are sought. The breadth and depth of skills found within the workforce gives it the ability to seek the best solution to environmental challenges.

The seven Environmental Operating Principles, or the Corps’ green ethics, are being incorporated into all Corps business lines to achieve a sustainable environment.

Restoring Ecosystems
The Corps works to restore degraded ecosystem structure, function and dynamic processes to a more natural condition:
Through large-scale ecosystem restoration projects,  such as the Everglades, the Louisiana Coastal Area, the Missouri River, and the Great Lakes
By employing system-wide watershed approaches to problem solving and management for smaller ecosystem restoration projects
Constructing Sustainable Facilities
The Corps designs and builds sustainable communities and facilities for the Department of Defense by:
Incorporating sustainable design criteria into military construction and training lands projects
Developing techniques to divert military construction waste from landfills through recycling and finding reuse opportunities
Minimizing the use of hazardous materials
Establishing the Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations, a one-stop shop for sustainable planning and design expertise.
Regulating Waterways and Managing Natural Resources
The Corps regulates work in the nation’s wetlands and waters, with a goal of protecting the aquatic environment while allowing responsible development. The regulatory program works to ensure no net loss of wetlands while issuing about 90,000 permits a year.

With nearly 12 million acres of land and water to manage, the Corps is:
Responsible for the well-being of 53 special status species
Using Environmental Management Systems to integrate the Environmental Operating Principles into Corps operations to achieve waste reduction, recycling and energy efficiency goals
Restoring environmental health to aquatic resources
Cleanup and Protection Activities
Corps environmental cleanup programs focus on reducing risk and protecting human health and the environment in a timely and cost-effective manner. The Corps manages, designs and executes a full range of cleanup and protection activities, such as:
Cleaning up sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste or ordnance through the Formerly Used Defense Sites program
Cleaning up low-level radioactive waste from the nation’s early atomic weapons program through the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program
Supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by cleaning up Superfund sites and working with its Brownfields and Urban Waters programs
Supporting the Army through the Base Realignment and Closure Act program
Ensuring that facilities comply with federal, state and local environmental laws
Conserving cultural and natural resources
Bottom Line
The Corps’ goal for its environmental mission is to restore ecosystem structure and processes, manage our land, resources and construction activities in a sustainable manner, and support cleanup and protection activities efficiently and effectively, all while leaving the smallest footprint behind. Produced by Mary Cochran. Also available in high definition.
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