Welcome to the Huntington District

The Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - A thriving team of nationally-respected, values-driven, professionals collaboratively pioneering solutions to our Nation’s toughest challenges, encompasses 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.  It is responsible for 311 navigable miles along the Ohio River and 98 navigable miles on the Kanawha River and includes the Nation’s second largest Inland Waterway port, the Port of Huntington.  In the most recent year of data available, more than 259 million tons of commodities valued at more than $17 billion passed through our locks and dams on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers amounting to more than 28,528 lockages. The locks and dams built and operated by the Corps make efficient year-round navigation transportation possible not only in the Tri-State area, but across the nation.

The Huntington District employs more than 950 people. The District’s program includes the operation and maintenance of nine locks and dams on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, 35 flood damage reduction projects and dredging on the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Rivers.  In addition, riverfront improvements, flood risk management initiatives, environmental mitigation, and infrastructure activities make up the District’s robust Civil Works program.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the leading supplier of water based recreation opportunities in the nation. The Huntington District is a leader in this aspect of the Corps’ missions with approximately 27 million visits annually at our 35 lake and 9 lock and dam projects.  Our project’s volunteers provide over $1.8 million in services annually supporting the recreation and environmental stewardship missions. Our District’s Summersville Lake provides whitewater recreational releases during fall drawdown. The 23 days of releases in September and October provide an estimated economic benefit to the community of $1 million per day.

Huntington District completed 1108 contract actions valued at over $77 million in Fiscal Year 2017. Huntington District awarded 53.77% of its contracts to small businesses. Small business owners are encouraged to go to the SBA web-site (www.SBA.gov) to see if they qualify for one of the socio-economic categories of small business. In the future the Huntington District is looking to set more actions aside based on socio-economic category.

The environmental infrastructure program provides design and construction assistance to non-Federal interests, including nonprofit entities, for carrying out water related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects in southern and central West Virginia, eastern and southern Kentucky and Ohio including projects for wastewater treatment and related facilities; water supply, storage, treatment, and distribution facilities; surface water resource protection and development; and environmental restoration. 

We have two centers of expertise at district, the Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation and Risk Informed Economics Division (PCXIN-RED) and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise (DSMMCX) and Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Dam Safety Production Center (DSPC).

The PCXIN-RED supports multiple national and international efforts in the inland waterborne transportation system. Within the PCXIN-RED, the Virtual Consequence Branch of the MMC produced 76 consequence analyses.  Support was provided to the Waterborne Commerce Statistics by collecting and processing over 450,000 lines of data from 140 vessel operating company’s origin and destination data for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Basins. 

The DSMMCX/DSPC continued to provide agency leadership, oversight and support for the modifications of dams throughout the Agency to reduce risk and improve performance.  The Center supports the production of quality engineering solutions and enhancement of Centers of Expertise to improve enterprise-wide delivery of projects and services.  Within the Huntington District the Center is leading the development of the remediation for Bluestone Dam, Bolivar Dam, Dover Dam and Zoar Levee.

For more information about the Huntington District, or for more information about contracting opportunities, visit the District’s website at www.lrh.usace.army.mil. 


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Our Vision

A GREAT engineering force of highly disciplined people working with our partners through disciplined thought and action to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to the Nation's engineering challenges.

Our Mission

Provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters.