JoAnne Castagna

JoAnne Castagna

Dr. JoAnne Castagna is a Public Affairs Specialist and Writer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. She can be reached at


  • 11/2/2023

    In the 1970s, if you took a helicopter ride from New York City to the Montauk Point Lighthouse that sits on the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, you could have spotted a woman in her 60s crawling along the 65-foot cliff under the beacon, packing and shaping earth with her bare hands and her small garden hoe.

  • 6/6/2023

    When Rifat Salim came to the United States from Pakistan as a young girl with her mother and siblings to reunite with her father after years of being a part, one of the first places he suggested they visit is Coney Island, a famous beach and amusement park destination in Brooklyn, New York City that’s visited by more than 5 million people annually.

  • 3/2/2023

    Last spring, Dr. Todd Bridges and his colleagues were visiting a part of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in California, a remote region that encompasses 45,000 acres of rivers, woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands.

  • 12/14/2022

    The Army Corps of Engineers, with partnering agencies, is using funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to revitalize marsh islands in Jamaica Bay. It’s part of a larger project to restore the degrading estuary in New York and New Jersey.

  • 8/11/2022

    This past spring, Dr. Lenore Tedesco was looking out her window at The Wetlands Institute that sits in the middle of vast marshland in Cape May County, New Jersey.

  • 2/17/2022

    In 1992, Joseph Vietri, then a coastal engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, was walking with a colleague and a coastal researcher around Westhampton Beach, a barrier island located on the south shore of Long Island, New York.

  • 1/14/2022

    The Steele Brook Streambank Stabilization Project is one of many the Army Corps of Engineers has performed under its New York City Watershed Environmental Assistance Program. With the restoration of Steele Brook’s banks, there is less flooding and improved water quality, and it’s giving new life to Reservoir Park.

  • 10/9/2020

    Hurricane Isaias stormed up the east coast of the United States in early August, bringing heavy rain and winds up to 85 mph to the shores of flood-prone Port Monmouth, NJ. Immediately, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District reached out to the community to find out how they were doing and how its flood risk management project was working.

  • 7/6/2020

    In a hotel conference room on Long Island, New York, a team of experts are processing data and information on computers. Alongside them is a large display monitor screen that's projecting the information.

  • 2/12/2020

    Drinking water safety has been in the news. A few years ago, the community of Flint, MI, struggled with lead contamination in its water supply. More recently, residents of Newark, NJ, experienced the same.