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March May 2010 1 Vol. 37 No. 2 March May 2010 US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla DistrictOperation Unified ResponseHAITI:


b( S c w INTERCOM 2 b On the cover F r o m W h e r e I S i t From Where I Sit 4 Dam BreachingDistrict produces dam-breaching plan of study 5 Fish Friendly Runner$10.9 million contract awarded to replace Ice Harbor’s aging turbine 6 Clean EnergyInfrastructure maintenance improves environment 7 DSAC What we’ve accomplished in three years 8 Dworshak Repairs District testing urethane to repair high-head leaks10 Challenge for Normalcy Corps emergency team responder shares challenges of Haiti deployment14 ARRA Update Check out how the Corps is improving the economy through $37 million in contracts16 Adopt to Remember Mill Creek begins Adopt-A-Trail program while honoring local leader 18 40th Earth Day See how Earth Day was celebrated around the DistrictContents For more information, contact: Public Affairs Of ce U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 201 N. Third Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362 Phone: (509) 527-7020 E-mail: Web site: an unof cial publication authorized by the provi sions of Army Regulation 360-1. It is published bimonthly by the Public Affairs Of ce, Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It has a distribu tion of 1,500 copies. Contents of the INTERCOM are not necessarily the of cial views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Commander Lt. Col. Michael J. Farrell PA Specialist Stephen Doherty PA Chief Joe Saxon Editor Terri A. Rorke PA Specialist Gina Baltrusch PA Specialist Bruce HenricksonMar. May 2010 1 Vol. 37 No. 2 March May 2010 US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla DistrictOperation Unified ResponseHAITI: Merchants preparing to set up shop display resiliency amongst disaster in downtown Portau-Prince, Haiti, in March. (Inset) Pete Summerton discusses security with Naval Facilities Command member in the city of Tourgeau. I N T E R C O M NTERCOM EPA photos courtesy of Mike BrescioDistrict Team, As we move into summer operations, your mind should automatically re ect on safety and our role to promote and encourage water safety throughout the region. We just experienced our rst recreation fatality of the year, so I want to deliberately remind every member of the District that safety is a part of our jobs. We typically meet or exceed industry safety metrics here in Walla Walla, but we must all remain committed in our daily actions to look out for ourselves, our teammates and the public as we transition into new seasonal activities. The next thing that comes to mind this time of year in the Northwest is sh – speci cally adult returns and juvenile migration. This issue has some great stories on recent accomplishments to continue improving our sh passage performance, and the extremely low water forecasts this year will bring signi cant challenges to us; effective teamwork and coordination combined with our tremendous technical capabilities will be essential to another successful sh passage season. If you are new and are unfamiliar with sh passage, or our great recreation parks, I urge you to get out and enjoy this fantastic place we have the pleasure of managing. Our ability to communicate transparently and openly demonstrated signi cant value to us as an organization, and our Dam Safety and Tribal Relations efforts highlighted in this Intercom have really become hallmark examples within Walla Walla. As BP is learning in the gulf, it is essential for us to continue to develop con dence and trust with the people we serve, and I applaud our progress in this effort. Communication is also a team effort, and the tours, newspaper articles, event participation and public meetings we support often take personal time, weekends, and late evenings to execute – thanks for stepping up and helping move us towards great in our engagement with the public. As my time serving with you comes to an end, I thank you for what you do for this region and this nation. Pete Summerton’s efforts in Haiti (Pg. 10) are a prime example of the dedication, professionalism, and unique talents you bring to bear, and it has been my extreme pleasure to serve with you. Until our paths cross again Building Strong! LTC Mike Farrell


by Bruce Henrickson(Top) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp complements District Dam Safety Of cer Donna Street, left, in front of the District town hall April 6. He urged the District to “grow” more of cers like Street through teaching and coaching newer employees. (Above) Lt. Col. Joel Cross examines a steelhead while visiting Lower Granite Dam. (Above, right) The Chief addresses the District’s Leadership Development class. March May 2010 3 by y B ru ce H H en en n r ri i i ck k k c k so so s n n tal design projects that conserve energy and resources. In civil works, Van Antwerp pointed out that the Corps’ 241 locks are an average of 53.8 years old, leading to numerous outages and repairs. USACE dredges 926 ports and harbors, 299 of which are deep water ports that will eventually need additional clearance to accommodate newer ships designed for an expanding Panama Canal. Van Antwerp called Donna Street, the district’s dam safety of cer, from the audience and pointed out that dam safety requires capable, experienced dam safety of cers. Van Antwerp urged Walla Walla District to “grow those dam safety of cers and geo-techs. Teach and coach them. Do it now.” He also put USACE’s recreation mission in perspective saying, “The Corps has 372 million visitor days per year at our recreation facilities. The National Park Service has half that number.” Van Antwerp also outlined his vision of a sustainable USACE that is “built to last.” “Great organizations have an AURA,” he said. AURA stands for “acceptance, understanding, recognition and appreciation.” He urged the audience to “learn a lot” and “share the best of breed” solutions as quality management systems are developed. “Steal ideas shamelessly, share ideas willingly,” he added. “Work together within a framework, and make things better.” “The Corps must be humble, not arrogant” when dealing with partners in today’s cost-sharing partnership environment, Van Antwerp said. “We don’t have the only solution. Work with partners who have viable solutions. Look at how some partners fund some projects themselves” to attract other funding. Van Antwerp noted “There are three kinds of people. Those who say I have to go to work, and we don’t need those. There are those who say I want to go to work, and they may be okay if you check their motivation. And there are those who say I get to go to work. That’s who we want.” “So much of what you are is your attitude,” Van Antwerp by Mark Wright photo by Gina Baltrusch photo by Gina Baltrusch


INTERCOM 4 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a dam-breaching plan of study Mar. 31. The plan of study, a requirement of the Adaptive Management Implementation Plan released in September 2009, de nes how a lower Snake River sh-passage-improvement and dam-breaching feasibility study would be managed and conducted if such a study were needed. “Overall, the status of the Snake River species has improved,” said Walla Walla District Commander Lt. Col. Michael Farrell. “This plan of study is ready should the [Obama] Administration determine that an examination of the risks and bene ts of breaching is needed.” While the Obama Administration views dam breaching as a contingency of last resort, it recognizes that conditions may change and procedures need to be outlined. The Corps completed a comprehensive feasibility study in 2002. The study evaluated, but did not recommend, the implementation of dam breaching. The Corps is currently seeing the effects of the 2002 study with a current survival rate of 90 percent of migrating sh through the dams and reservoirs on the lower Snake River. “Part of the reason we have such a great survival rate is because of the actions taken from the 2002 study. We chose to implement improvements that are working today,” said Project Manager Cindy Boen. Only four of the 13 listed species of salmon and steelhead found in the Columbia River Basin migrate the lower Snake River. The Corps’ preferred alternative focused on improving juvenile salmon migration through the lower Snake River using changes in river operations and making major passage system improvements. The plan of study describes two phases: the completion of technical studies, followed by a review by the Administration, and, if necessary, the development of an Environmental Impact Statement, which includes a comprehensive public involvement process. The new feasibility report and EIS would be used to seek congressional authority to breach one or more of the lower Snake River dams. “Any decision regarding dam breaching will be guided by the best available science and any biological effects on the species,” said Farrell. “The Corps operates its dams to meet expectations assumed in the [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] Biological Opinion for adult and juvenile sh passage.” The Corps’ Walla Walla District committed to complete the plan of study by March 2010. Boen spearheaded that effort laying out the scope, schedule and nearly $20 million budget to complete technical studies and a decisionmaking process. “This was truly a team effort, and I’m very proud of what we accomplished,” Boen said. “It was a huge effort that we had to complete in less than six months, and half of that time was dedicated to regional coordination and review.” “Completing the study demonstrates the Corps’ commitment to accomplishing our requirements under the Biological Opinion,” said Supervisory Civil Engineer Greg Graham. “The building block for this plan of study was the 2002 LSR Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility Report, and the plan of study provided critical updates and gaps in the 2002 report,” he said. The targeted study areas included: • New lifestyle anadromous sh model • Updates to the economic effects • Carbon dioxide analysis • Short-term transitioned effect (sediment, water quality and adult sh passage) • Engineering studies (embankment stability, rock sources, and risked-based construction cost and schedules) “Now that the Plan of Study has been completed, it is available if a Snake River spring/summer chinook, steelhead, or fall chinook signi cant decline trigger is tripped. In this event, an All-H (hydropower, habitat, hatchery, harvest) analysis including life-cycling modeling will be conducted in coordination with NOAA Fisheries, the Regional Implementation Oversight Group, and other regional parties to determine if rapid response actions are likely to be suf cient or if long term contingency actions are needed,” Graham said. “This assessment will include determining if dam breaching is necessary to address and alleviate the biological trigger conditions for the applicable Snake River species. The goal is to have this analysis completed within four to six months of tripping a signi cant decline trigger,” he added. Cindy Boen, project managerPhoto by Jeanne Newton


by Gina Baltrusch, Michael Milstein, BPA New contract seeks safer turbine for fish by G in a Ba ltrusch, M ic ha el Milstein, BP A N N e w c o n t t r a c t t s e e k k s s a f f e r t t u r b b i i n e f f o r f f i i s h h About 20 percent of juvenile sh, migrating downstream to the Paci c Ocean, typically navigate dams through the turbines, while adult sh swim up sh ladders at Corps dams to return to their spawning grounds. Engineers are developing the next generation of advanced hydroelectric turbines for the Federal Columbia River Power System to provide safer passage for sh, under a contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mar. 11. The $10.9 million contract awarded to Voith Hydro Inc. of York, Pa., requires the design and manufacture of a new runner for an aging hydroelectric turbine at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam on the Snake River near Burbank, Wash. A runner is the part of a turbine that rotates in water to generate power. The contract, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, calls for multiple design cycles using state-of-the-art computer modeling and tests with physical models to examine water ow and pressures. Private and government biological and engineering experts will collaborate in the design process, which is unique because it makes sh passage improvements a primary goal, ahead of power and ef ciency gains. “Our mission includes more than just generating power; it includes environmental stewardship of the nation’s natural resources,” said Witt Anderson, director of programs for the Corps’ Northwestern Division. “We want to take advantage of technology that wasn’t around when the dams were constructed and design the most advanced runner available to help improve sh passage in the region.” The need to replace the Turbine Unit-2 runner at Ice Harbor presented the opportunity to pursue a new design with sh passage improvement as a priority. The Unit-2 runner has experienced numerous mechanical problems during its 30-plus years of operation. The bene ts will extend beyond Ice Harbor, because several dams have turbines also nearing the end of their design life. There are about 30 aging turbines at dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers that may need to be replaced in the next 20 years, said Michael Milstein, a spokesman for the Bonneville Power Administration, which is funding the project. Turbines at ve dams are at least 45 years old, he said. The Corps and BPA crafted this contract as a model to demonstrate a science-based runner design and development process that can also guide replacement of other aging turbines. Development and post-installation testing are expected to improve understanding of sh passage through the turbine environment, with potential application to other hydropower sites. “It will take more work on the front end,” said Mark Jones, BPA’s manager of Federal Hydro Projects. “But we’ll pave the way for upgrades at dams all through the Federal Columbia River Power System that provide the Northwest with renewable power.” The improved turbine components are slated for operation in 2015 and will help meet goals of the 2008 Biological Opinion that protects salmon and steelhead listed as threatened or endangered. 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Infrastructure maintenanceimproves environmental quality All the DistrictÂ’s power-generating systems routinely undergo maintenance to ensure they operate at peak ef ciency. Tackling a project like a generator Unit #3 rewind, currently under way at Lower Granite Lock and Dam, may seem huge, but it pays environmental dividends. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leads in green energy as the largest hydropower producer in the nation with Walla Walla District serving as the CorpsÂ’ second-largest power producer. While operating and maintaining six hydropower dams, Walla Walla District continues to supply the Northwest with a clean, ef cient, renewable, reliable and exible power supply that helps reduce the regionÂ’s carbon emissions footprint. The DistrictÂ’s power plants emit none of the waste gases that cause acid rain, air pollution or global warming. The power plants have a simple process for producing electricity. When gravity forces the water to ow downstream through the dam powerhouses, the water turns the blades of the turbine like the wind turns a wind mill. The turning turbine spins coils of wires inside a larger generator rotor mounted above it, converting mechanical energy of falling water into electrical energy. Transmission lines carry this electricity to Bonneville Power Administration substations. BPA markets the power to utility companies, which supply homes and business consumers. The CorpsÂ’ 41 turbines at six hydropower facilities generate about 22 percent of the NorthwestÂ’s electricity. INTERCOM 6 Unit # 3 rotor is moved via crane at Lower Granite Lock and Dam powerhouse. photos by Mike Deccio


y by Joe SaxonMarch May 2010 7 L o we w r M o n u me me nt nt al al L L oc oc oc o k k an an an an an d d d d d d d d Da Da D D m m m m m DSACThe Corps began inspecting its 635 dams in 2007 using a rating system called the Dam Safety Action Classi cation (DSAC) rating table. This risk informed process optimizes acceptable public safety by prioritizing dam safety de ciencies nation-wide. Using the DSAC rating system, each dam is classi ed from I-V, with DSAC-V being the most safe and DSAC-I posing the most risk. Walla Walla District engineers have inspected all District dams and assessed each for the threat they pose to public safety. Ratings for these dams range from DSAC II to DSAC IV. Engineers have identi ed interim xes at all District facilities needed to mitigate the risk to public safety and are now implementing those short-term xes, which will lead to long-term resolutions. Although speci c measures vary with each dam, interim xes include updating emergency action plans, conducting comprehensive seepage studies, performing potential failure mode analysis, reviewing dam surveillance plans, stockpiling emergency supplies and equipment, evaluating spillways, navigational locks and gates, and conducting emergency exercises. These and other short term actions allow District of cials to operate the dams while meeting public safety objectives. District of cials will continue to review the dams and associated locks and levees, and pursue long-term repairs as appropriate. Meanwhile, District dam safety of cials have kept the public informed of their progress throughout this two-year period and have met with local of cials and the public on numerous occasions at Tri-Cities, Lewiston, Clarkston, Boise, Walla Walla, Umatilla and Oro no. Public safety is the DistrictÂ’s top priority and will continue to be so throughout this process.


INTERCOM 8 Allen Pomraning is challenged to answer a million-dollar question about one of the largest dams in the Western Hemisphere. Is it safe? Since Dworshak Dam received a Dam Safety Action Classi cation rating of II in 2007, “the District’s scientists and engineers have focused on increasing public safety at Dworshak,” said DSAC Program and Project Manager Allen Pomraning. That focus includes pioneering the use of urethane to study how to repair high-head, leaky waterstops at Dworshak Dam, near Oro no, Idaho. Utilizing funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Pomraning said, “the District awarded approximately $1.3 million in May to begin implementing interim risk reduction measures as part of a two-year effort of shortand long-term xes.” The urethane cylinders are currently being molded. Urethane was rst tested by Corps Geologist William Harrison and Concrete Materials Engineer Steve Tatro. Tatro initially tested the material in his garage. After reviewing the results, Harrison and Tatro were con dent the material was ready for testing on a larger scale and arranged to place urethane in a single 170 feet-deep waterstop at Little Goose Lock and Dam near Starbuck, Wash. After reviewing the results, they say it’s ready to be demonstrated at Dworshak in two waterstops with leakage issues. “When we rst started working on this project, we did an industry search to nd out what other people were doing for waterstops,” Tatro said, “and in every case, no one was doing anything.” “In fact, a number of organizations who have waterstop problems, said, ‘We’re waiting for you guys to come up with a good solution so we can use that.’ I presume that the only people really working at how to repair waterstops has been our District since the late 1970s,” Tatro said. Tatro believes this is the rst time urethane is being used to solve waterstop issues at a dam. “We have heard of no other application where this kind of material has been used to rehabilitate waterstops,” he added. The urethane material expands when exposed to water to form a waterstop across the dam’s monolith joints. Currently, the District is working with Jacobs Engineering’s Seattle of ce which eld-tested the urethane that the District is planning to place in the dam’s waterstops. The laboratory tested urethane in a simulated environment with high pressure and cold water, replicating eld-like conditions. The Corps expects to install the material in August when the reservoir level is low when drilling and placement will be possible. “We’re going to make sure the system works before we bet a million dollars of the taxpayers’ money on putting it in place. If it works at Dworshak, it will work anywhere. This is the test,” said Pomraning. In fact, there is already international interest brewing about the developments at Dworshak. Dam concrete and materials experts from China, home of the largest dam in the world, the Three Gorges Dam, have already inquired about the District’s progress at Dworshak. The District is also replacing the nearly 40-year-old dam’s instrumentation supply with an expected completion date of September. Dworshak’s structural issues can be evaluated by using the new instrumentation to produce accurate water ow measurements. “We’ve identi ed gaps in our information,” Pomraning said. There are joints and cracks between and within the monoliths where water ows through, but the current instrumentation does not provide timely information about progressive failures going on, he said. “The instrumentation is an engineering tool but it’s also a public safety tool,” Pomraning said. “We can improve public safety when we have better ways to more accurately measure the water ow.” by Terri A. Rorke


March May 2010 9 M M Mar Mar Mar h h ch ch ch M M M M -M ay ay ay 201 201 201 201 201 0 0 0 0 0 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 Dworshak Dam, a 717-feet-high, straight-axis structure, has 50 waterstops, which are part of the joints on the dam’s monoliths. Two waterstops will be drilled out and replaced by the urethane material at by Terri A. Rorke photo by Terri A. Rorke photo by Joe SaxonPomraningphoto courtesy of Steve TatroThe swellable material is a urethane resin manufactured as a very thick and sticky liquid. The liquid material is combined with a catalyzing liquid to form a semi-solid material similar to a stiff rubber. Once solidi ed and in contact with water, the material then “hydrates” and causes a signi cant increase in volume -approximately 200 percent.


INTERCOM 10 EPA photo courtesy of Mike Brescio


March May 2010 11 by Terri A. Rorke EPA photo courtesy of Mike Brescio


photo by Pete SummertonINTERCOM 12 EPA photo courtesy of Mike Brescio EPA photo courtesy of Mike Brescio


March May 2010 13 photo by Pete Summerton photo by Pete Summerton EPA photo courtesy of Mike Brescio


INTERCOM 14 A R AR R A RA u p d a t e update A A Joseph, Ore., contractor selected for Camp Creek restoration projectThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $219,188 contract to a Joseph, Ore., company to conduct an aquatic ecosystem restoration project on Camp Creek, a tributary of the Imnaha River near Enterprise, Ore. L D Perry, Inc., a HUBZone small business located in Joseph, Ore., will begin work in July to remove small earthen dams in the headwaters of Camp Creek and restore that portion of the creek to a more natural, owing state. Corps Project Manager Richard Turner said this construction contract is the rst step in restoring Camp Creek’s aquatic environment. The Corps’ cost-share partner on this project, The Nature Conservancy, will reestablish native riparian vegetation once the dam-removal and stream realignment work is complete. Funds for this project were appropriated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project is authorized under Section 206, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, which authorizes the Corps to undertake aquatic ecosystem restoration projects in the public interest. As the non-federal partner, The Nature Conservancy provides 35 percent of the cost of this project. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Turner. “It’s good to see Recovery Act dollars putting people to work on a great project to enhance sh passage and create a much healthier, more natural ecosystem.” “We’re delighted to put people to work restoring Camp Creek and improving habitats for sh and wildlife in Wallowa County. Our thanks go to the Corps of Engineers for designing a great project and making it a priority, and we’re excited to get to work in partnership with their chosen contractor,” said Russell Hoe ich, Oregon director for The Nature Conservancy. The project area is within the 33,000-acre Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in Eastern Oregon owned by The Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy-owned property is part of the 220-square-mile Zumwalt Prairie, known as the largest and highest-quality Palouse bunchgrass prairie remaining in North America. It provides habitat for concentrations of nesting birds of prey and other wildlife. Snake River steelhead trout, one Endangered Species Act-listed plant, several rare plants and numerous terrestrial species of concern also reside in the larger prairie. The aquatic ecosystem of the upstream section of Camp Creek has been impacted for years by small dams and ponds built to provide water to livestock and by removal of streamside shrubs. The ponds slated for removal contribute to erosion, adversely impact water quality and are passage barriers to aquatic species. Removing the small earthen dams will improve habitats while safeguarding important water sources for ecologically compatible grazing on the Conservancy’s preserve. Work on this project is slated to begin in July with projected completion by November 2010. The Zumwalt Prairie, located near Enterprise, Ore., is known as the largest and highest-quality Palouse bunchgrass prairie remaining in North America and provides habitats for concentrations of nesting birds of prey and other wildlife. Snake River steelhead trout, one ESA-listed plant, several rare plants and numerous terrestrial species of concern also reside in the larger prairie. T he Zumwalt Prairie, located near Enter p rise, Ore., is known as the l ar g est and hi g hest-qualit y Palouse bunch g rass prairie remainin g in North America and pr ovides habitats for concentrations of nestin g b irds of pre y and other wildlife. Snake River steelhead trout, one E SA-listed p lant, several rare p lants and numerous terrestrial s p ec ies of concern also reside in the lar g er prairie by Gina Baltrusch


March May 2010 15 Construction continues on the ARRAfunded paint and storage building at Lower Granite Jan. 2010. The $810,685 project, contracted to Konnawac, LLC, is expected to be completed July 2010. C o m p l e t e d p r o j e c t s Completed projects photo by Terri A. Rorke


INTERCOM 16 to remember


Story and photos by Terri A. Rorke March May 2010 17


An ode to eventsphoto by Donna BryantINTERCOM 18 Mill Creek Members of the public and about 20 Whitman College and Walla Walla University students assisted staff to improve the planter bed at the Rooks Park entrance. The group moved about 60 yards of compost, planted 30 plants and rebuilt about 50 feet of damaged retaining wall. Lower Granite As part of the AdoptA-Shoreline Program, Washington State University students assisted staff with planting trees at Granite Point. Lucky Peak About 15 Boise State University students, along with staff, removed one-half mile of old barbed wire fence to facilitate wildlife migration. Ice Harbor Staff assisted at a childrensÂ’ shing event and explained the rehabilitation of the shing ponds to the attendees. Dworshak Staff explained the CorpsÂ’ Natural Resource Management goals to visitors and hosted a raptor presentation by Washington State University. Little Goose Volunteers helped plant trees near the dam. McNary Rangers informed 300 visitors about their wildlife program. photo by Jeremy Nguyen photo by John Schroederphoto by Dakota Lynch


April 11-17 is National Library Week. As the American Library Association celebrates National Library Workers Day on April 13, it is a time to appreciate our District’s technical library. April is a time to honor the contributions of all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library services possible. Library workers are responsible for a wide variety of services that patrons come to expect from their libraries. They are in charge of more than just checking books in and out of the library. They also catalog and shelve materials; handle requests and send them to other libraries; administer computer networks; select and obtain books, CDs, videos, and databases; and much more. by Terri A. Rorke R e s o u r c e s a b o u n d Resources abound NestledbetweenWallaWallaDis Nestled between Walla Walla Dis t rict headquarters’ Of ce of Counsel an d R e al E s tat e Di v i s i o n i s th e Di s tri c t’ s t echnical library. Hardly conspicuous, yet frequently used, the District’s library c an appeal to every employee A n employee can nd books, videos, audio iPods or “play aways,” and has access to thousands of online journals and inter-libr ary lo ans A ngela Camarillo, the library technic ian, has seen the District’s library evolve from two small rooms to a large facility in the 30 years she has been with the Corps while mostly wor ki ng i n the library Since 2002 she has be en r unnin g th e libr ary as a one-woman s h ow A s the libra ry grew ov er the y y ea rs , so so h h as as t t t h he he s s er er i vi vi ce ce i i t t re re nd nd er er s s. C C am am ar ar il il il l lo lo sa sa id id id p p at at ro ro ns ns o ft ft en f f orget al l th at i s of f e r ed h e r e “E E ac ac h h li li br br ar ar y y y co co nt nt i ai ai ns ns a a s s pe pe i ci ci al al iz iz ed ed te te ch ch ni ni ca ca l l co co ll ll ec ec ti ti on on o o f f pr pr i in in t t t an an d d d l el el ec ec tr on on ic ic r r es es ou ou rc rc es es r r ep ep p re re se se nt nt in in g g g th th e e C Co Co rp rp ’ s’ s pa p st st a a nd nd c c ur ur re re nt nt c c iv iv il il e e ng ng g in in ee ee ri ri ng ng g pr p j j oj oj ec ec t ts ts ” ,” a a cc cc or or di di ng ng t t o o th th e e No No t rt h hw ester er er er n n n n Di Di Di Di vi vi vi vi i si si si on on on on ’ ’s s s s W W W W W b eb eb eb eb s s s i it it it it e e e. W W W W i it it it h h h h a a f fo fo cu cu s s on on C C or or ps ps r -r el el at at ed ed t t op op op i ic ic s, s, t t t h he he D D D i is is tr tr ic ic t’ t s s libraryincludestopicssuchasengineer library includes topics such as engineer i ng, sh research, professional developm ent, culture and history One can also nd scienti c and engin eering publications, reports of research facilities environmental studies docum ents relating to District and Division projects, regional history, and Corps of Engineers history. The combined co ll ect ion also includes a number of subjects i ncluding law, business management, h i story, professional development, sh er ie s an d more, according to the Division’s W eb s it e Patrons of the District library have access to more than 4 600 onli ne res o urces, can request i nter-library loans and can ev en d onate hi st or ical publica ti ti on on s. s. “D D on on o ’t t t t t t hr hr hr ow ow ow t t t h he he m m aw aw ay ay ” ” C C am am a ar ill o sa id De spite the ever e xpan di ng Di stri ct lib ra ry y , Ca Ca ma ma ri ri ll ll o o sa sa id id s s he he w w il il l l ac ac ce ce pt pt p l l b ab l el d ed d d on on at at io io ns ns To To a ccess l el ectr on ic j j ou ou rn rn al al s, s, v v is is it it th th e e Di Di st st ri ri ct ct h h om om e i in t tr an et e p p ag ag e e an an d d cl cl cl ic ic ic k k k “D D D iv iv iv is is is io io io n n n El El El ec ec t tr tr on on i i ic c J J J ou ou rn rn l al al ” s” s un de e r th th e e “C C om om m mu mu mu ni ni ni ca ca ca ti ti ti on on on on ” ta ta ta ta b b b. b. N N N N N o o o o pa sswo rd i s ne e ce ce ss ss ar ar y y fo fo r r jo jo ur ur na na l l ac ac ce ce ss ss March May 2010 19 Camarillo photo by Kye Carpenter photo by Kye Carpenter


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