Fact Sheet 01: St. Paul District Highlights

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published March 23, 2015
Updated: Feb. 23, 2023

A man in a military uniform stands in front of two flags

 Col. Eric Swenson

  • Assumed command as the 67th District Engineer  July 28, 2022.
  • Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State University
  • Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Army War College
  • Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy.
  • Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Parachutist Badge, and Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal

The St. Paul District

  • Encompasses four river basins:
    • Upper Mississippi River
    • Red River of the North
    • Souris River
    • Rainy River
  • Covers 139,000 square miles and portions of five states:
    • Most of Minnesota
    • Western Wisconsin
    • Eastern North Dakota
    • Northeastern corner of South Dakota
    • Northeastern corner of Iowa
  • Coordinates with five congressional delegations:
    • 10 U.S. Senators
    • 20 U.S. Representatives


Major Missions

  • Serve as the nation’s engineers and support other federal agencies to include the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security
  • Support to commercial navigation
    • Maintain 280 miles of 9-foot navigation channel
    • Operate and maintain 13 locks and dams
  • Flood risk management
  • Emergency operations/disaster response
  • Regulatory permit program for Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Environmental management and engineering
  • Water supply
  • Recreation
    • 49 Recreation sites
    • Estimated 8.7 million visitors annually