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The Buffalo district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would lose about 5 percent of its workers in a proposed restructuring of support staff in the corps’ Buffalo, Chicago and Detroit offices, officials stated Tuesday.

The local district would lose, over time, about 14 positions out of its current workforce of 291, according to an email response from Glenn Stahl, regional strategic planner for the corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

None of those reductions would be involuntary, officials added.

Stahl’s reply came a day after Reps. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Chris Collins, R-Clarence, held a news conference to protest internal restructuring by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move some of the functions of the Buffalo district office to Detroit or Louisville.Ky.

The congressmen suggested that they feared a dismantling of the local office.

“Division senior leaders have studied this proposed restructuring from numerous angles to assure we continue to have an efficient and effective presence on the Great Lakes,” Stahl stated, adding that the Corps of Engineers remains committed to “protecting the safety, health and future of our waterways by using our expert team of qualified professionals.”