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Corps projects continue during government shutdown

Published Oct. 1, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District projects continue to operate temporarily despite the government shutdown.

The Corps is unique among federal agencies in that it is funded mostly through individual projects that carry over from year to year.  Many Los Angeles District projects have enough remaining funding from past appropriations for work to continue beyond Oct. 1.  The District will evaluate its remaining funds weekly to determine which projects can continue and for how long.

“These are important projects for our communities, in terms of the economy, the environment and risk reduction, and we’re going to keep working on them as long as we possibly can with remaining funds,” said Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kim Colloton.  “We’re doing everything we can to minimize any impacts of a funding lapse to our work and our workforce.”

If funding runs out, only staff essential to public safety, like dam operators and emergency responders, will continue to work.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of four western states, including Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.