US Army Corps of Engineers
Water Management - Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

Great Lakes & Ohio River Division
Water Management

Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Map

The Corps makes real-time water resources decisions that directly affect people, the environment and the nation’s economy.

LRD is steward of over 90% of our Nation's surface freshwater


The mission of Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Water Management is:

  1. Responsible for Great Lakes and Ohio River water management program.
  2. Provide support for the Division Commander in the execution of Lower Ohio and Lower Mississippi flood control.
  3. Provide direct support to and serve as US Secretariat of, the Great Lakes Control and Study Boards established by the International Joint Commission.
  4. Assure Districts are postured to respond to all emergencies: flood drought, and Great Lakes water level variability.
  5. Manage and facilitate regional water management procedures, criteria and requirements.
  6. Provide interface on water management issues with regional and national offices of other U.S. and Canadian federal and non-federal agencies, provincial, state and local governments, academic institutions and professional societies and groups.
  7. Support, coordinate and oversee actions which involve multiple districts or divisions.
  8. Serve as Division wide principal adviser on all technical matters related to the water management program.
  9. Coordinate the Division response to the Annual Flood Damage Report to Congress and compute and assign main stem Ohio River damages prevented to the Districts.
  10. Provide technical and policy guidance on all aspects of the water management program (quality and quantity) and assure program execution adheres to policy and command guidance through continuous communication with districts.

Water Management is a world-class engineering organization that supports 8 of the Corps’ 10 Civil Works Business Lines:

  • Navigation
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Hydropower
  • Recreation
  • Storm Damage Response
  • Emergency Response
  • Water Supply
  • Environmental Restoration

Water Management Embraces 7 Environmental Operating Principles:

  1. Striving to achieve environmental sustainability.
  2. Recognizing the interdependence of life and the physical environment.
  3. Seeking balance and synergy among human development activities and natural systems.
  4. Continuing to accept corporate responsibility and accountability under the law for activities and decisions under our control that impact human health and welfare and the continued viability of natural systems.
  5. Seeking ways and means to assess and mitigate cumulative impacts to the environment by bringing systems approaches to the full life cycle of our processes and work.
  6. Building and sharing an integrated scientific, economic, and social knowledge base that supports a greater understanding of the environment and impacts of our work.
  7. Respecting the views of individuals and groups interested in Corps activities, listening to them actively, and learning from their perspective in the search to find innovative win-win solutions to the Nation’s problems that also protect and enhance the environment.


NOTICE: All data contained herein is preliminary in nature and therefore subject to change. The data is for general information purposes ONLY and SHALL NOT be used in technical applications such as, but not limited to, studies or designs. All critical data should be obtained from and verified by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Water Management Team, 550 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The United States of America assumes no liability for the completeness or accuracy of the data contained herein and any use of such data inconsistent with this disclaimer shall be solely at the risk of the user.