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The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has announced a three-year research collaboration with the University of Southern Mississippi to create oyster reef habitat in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The primary objectives of the project are to investigate methods for optimizing oyster habitat restoration in the area ― which would ultimately lead to oyster population recovery — and enhancement of ecosystem services in coastal waters; a secondary objective is to evaluate whether the oyster reefs have any impacts on the use of critical habitat by Gulf sturgeon, a federally protected species.
As firefighters worked diligently to extinguish a notable number of wildfires this season, researchers with U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s post-wildfire flood risk management team took a step back to evaluate how they could improve their efforts in assisting with the devastating effects of the fires. As a result, the team began broadening the scope of their mission to include not only flood risk management, but also emergency management applications and environmental concerns.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center-Environmental Laboratory (ERDC-EL) is partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other state and federal agencies to deploy the nation’s first large-scale acoustic barrier at Lock and Dam 19, part of a deterrent study for invasive Asian carp. The underwater speakers will emit sounds that the carp perceive as predatory signals, deterring the fish from the area. Team members are currently adding speakers to the weldment. Vertical and horizontal core-drilling for the installation is complete. Next, the weldment will be installed in the lock by crane.
Researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), in collaboration with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) scientists and industry partners, concluded the field demonstration portion of their research project to study harmful algal bloom (HAB) mitigation technology Sept. 4 in Chautauqua Lake, New York. This demonstration helped achieve some key milestones for the Harmful Algal Bloom Interception, Treatment, and Transformation System, or HABITATS, research project, which aims to develop a scalable HAB response tool that can help lessen the environmental and economic impacts on our nation when water quality is impaired by HABs.
Since 2015, scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Construction Engineer Research Laboratory (CERL) have been exploring expeditionary additive construction technology, also known as construction scale 3D printing. The first research project, Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures (ACES), has since developed into the Additive Construction (AC) program. The program focuses on a wide range of technological developments, including printers, deployment exercises, printable concrete materials, functional construction and reinforcement practices, materials testing methods and structural testing.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) announced July 9, 2020, that the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) was awarded an Unspecified Minor Military Construction Authority contract to build a Climatic Chamber Facility on the Hanover, New Hampshire, campus. The Climatic Chamber Facility consists of a series of modular environmentally controlled chambers to support full-scale testing of military and civil works equipment and systems for use in extreme weather conditions. To meet current and emerging Department of Defense and National Science and Technology needs, CRREL is replacing a smaller 990-square-foot facility with the larger modular test-and-evaluation space, which includes rooms capable of not only maintaining a minus 50 C environment, but also simulating wind and precipitation events.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is actively following COVID-19 developments. Please review the information at the associated link for current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and ERDC information in regards to the pandemic.

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ERDC scientist earns top DoD award for achievements in risk, resilience science
2/22/2021
VICKSBURG, Miss. – Dr. Igor Linkov, senior science and technology manager at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), was recently selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) as...
ERDC researchers earn six Black Engineer of the Year Awards
2/18/2021
Six researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) were chosen to receive top honors at the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), an event held virtually Feb...
Threatened, Endangered Species team creates win-win situations for military
2/11/2021
The role of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), Threatened and Endangered Species (TES) program is to identify and...

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ERDC researcher awarded top honor from USACE
12/15/2020
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ERDC researchers earn six Black Engineer of the Year Awards
2/18/2021
Six researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) were chosen to receive top honors at the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), an event held virtually Feb...