The United States Army Corps of Engineers has long been involved with coastal development in the form of building marinas, creating breakwaters and more. They were the government agency tasked with handling the construction of dams throughout the United States and channeling rivers as they worked to create forms of hydroelectric power and protect cities from the damage of flooding rivers.
This series of images looks at the reasons some of these projects were implemented and the environmental damage they caused as they disrupted and erased ecosystems to better service the commercial needs of a growing city in a time before the environmental costs were a topic of discussion or understood.
These images are not meant to condemn or shame the USACE. While the USACE has been used in the past to implement some environmentally damaging projects, the USACE now conducts thorough environmental reports while surveying proposed projects and is working to modify or remove previous projects to help restore damaged ecosystems.
These images are meant to create a discussion around the growing consciousness surrounding the importance of natural ecosystems and the need for environmentally friendly construction practices.