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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam is calling for volunteers to assist with our annual National Public Lands Day. This is a day where Park Rangers and volunteers work to complete several improvement projects around the lake. This year’s clean-up is set for September 24th from 8am to 12pm. Individuals, as well as families, church groups, businesses, scouting groups, school groups, and civic organizations are needed to help with different projects. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, lunch, and day-use pass. There will also be a free shelter reservation awarded to the largest group in attendance.
The Corps story began more than 200 years ago when Congress established the Continental Army with a provision for a chief engineer on June 16, 1775. The Army established the Corps of Engineers as a separate, permanent branch on March 16, 1802, and gave the engineers responsibility for founding and operating the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Since then, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has responded to changing defense requirements and played an integral part in the development of the country. Throughout the 19th century, the Corps built coastal fortifications, surveyed roads and canals, eliminated navigational hazards, explored and mapped the Western frontier, and constructed buildings and monuments in the Nation’s capital. While the mission and tasks have evolved with the needs and priorities of the Nation, the dedication and commitment of the workforce has remained constant.