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CEREMONY FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF U.S. ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS, NEW ENGLAND DIVISION, TO BE HELD ON MAY 1

 CEREMONY FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF U.S. ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS,
 NEW ENGLAND DIVISION, TO BE HELD ON MAY 1
 EVENT: 50th Anniversary of the New England Division,
 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 LOCATION: Adjacent to the U.S.S. Constitution, Charlestown, Mass.
 DATE: May 1, 1992. Ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.
 The New England Division was formed on May 1, 1942 by the consolidation of the Boston and Providence districts, with Col. Leonard B. Gallagher as Division Engineer. Over the past half century, 26 different commanders have led the thousands of men and women who have served the citizens of the six-state New England region in accomplishing the many and varied responsibilities of the Corps of Engineers.
 During these five decades, the Division has undertaken all the traditional missions of the Corps -- support to the military, flood control, navigation, shoreline/streambank erosion, and emergency response -- often in unique ways. Its pioneering efforts in developing hurricane protection barriers and the multiple award-winning natural valley storage concept, along with its nationally recognized excellence in flood control data gathering and dredged material research, have truly made the Division a leader in new technology. Its emergency response capabilities are legend throughout the region, from the major floods of the 1950s to the Chelsea fire recovery efforts in 1973 to the snow removal assistance provided following Blizzard of '78.
 Through the years the men and women of the New England Division Family have compiled an enviable record of service to the region's more than 13 million citizens. The concurrent construction of military bases and missile facilities with flood control structures and navigation improvements are evidence of the wide-ranging capabilities of the staff in the first three decades of the Division's history.
 Flood control measures in the region, constructed at a cost of $482 million, include 36 dams, 92 local protection projects and five hurricane barriers. These structures have prevented damages of more than $2.3 billion, a nearly five to one return on investment. The dams also offer excellent recreational opportunities which attract more than 3 million visitors each year.
 More than 170 waterways, including eleven deep draft harbors, have been improved and are being maintained along the region's 6,100 miles of coast. The widest sea level canal in the world, the Cape Cod Canal, accommodates more than 22,000 pleasure and commercial vessels, carrying more than 15 million tons of commerce and attracting four million visitors each year. In addition, 36 projects have been completed to restore severely eroding beaches.
 Heightened environmental awareness has led to a new way of looking at traditional activities and to a diversification in current programs. Today, continued emphasis is placed on traditional civil works, while at the same time expertise is being applied to the hazardous and toxic waste arena. An ever-expanding Superfund program is underway for the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous projects are being planned and undertaken under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program.
 Today, several major civil projects in varying stages of design and the expanded program of work for others paints a bright future for the New England Division.
 CONTACT: Larry Rosenberg, chief-public affairs office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 617-647-8657.
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