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1 Vol. 38 No. 2 April June 2011 US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Corps extends helping hands far and wide


ContentsCabinet Chemistry highlights science careers From Where I Sit On the cover I NTERCOM Commander PA Chief Editor PA Specialist PA Specialist Student Aide PA Specialist For more information, contact: Weve all heard it said that the youth of today are the future. If you have ever tried to keep up with the boundless energy saying becomes crystal the opportunity to work became even more meaningful to me. ence was sponsored by Walla Walla branch of American Associa tion of University Women. The goal of the conference was to acquaint girls from 5th through 8th grade with technical careers. engineering and math were highlighted. The overall program seeks to promote and develop opportunities for education and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla event. While there were multiple forums at the workshops were the hands on piece of the chose to call my workshop Cabinet Chem istry. The girls made their own lava lamps and your own kitchen cabinets.I held two workshops with about 15 girls in each. Some girls took detailed notes and asked me how to spell Alka sunglasses rather than safety goggles. I do know the girls had a very good time. One was more fun than I thought it was going to be. It was great to watch them complete the their interest in science. While I contemplated the value of sending young girls home with like this. I was one of four women who graduated from the University of Washing ton with a degree in chemical engineering. That is far from the 30 girls I saw in my workshops alone. And while I may have been the only Corps engineer represented at one who saw potential in these girls to help balance the statistics. This is just one of many local venues that allow us to interact with our future leaders. Programs like this may spark an interest was no prior interest. I hope everyone of us would consider volunteering for something age participation of our own children. April May 2011 1 Vol. 38 No. 2 April May 2011 US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Corps extends helping hands far and wide Supports regional Assists Dam at Lauffen, Germany, on Neckar River. Reese attended the April workshop to help passage lessons learned with the German government. District Project Manager Simeon Francis, center, briefs Hydraulic Engineer Jonathan Petersen, left, on leadership responsibilities operations in Bingham County, Idaho, in June. 2 3 4 Flood Fighting 6 Cost DX 8 Award Winners 10 Mission: Djibouti 12 Earth Day 14 Living Strong 15 Balancing interests 18 Whats going on 20 Im with Corps by Terri A. Rorke Terri A. Rorke Intercom Editor adaptive management strategy on how to to Reese. The Germans can use the research use supplemental attraction water. Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch Chief District has been involved in the develop technology for the last 25 years. Over the years we have shared this knowledge with many other Corps districts a strong reputation in the design and opera Nestled in a Blue Mountain valley in Eastern Washington sits the Walla Walla District headquarters building. It may not be in a well-known location worldwide or be the number one tourist attrac tion. But the building houses a team of professionals working in a mile-wide boundary of operations. They really live up to the District ploy in support of Overseas Contingency Operations with a steady This is also evident by a variety of districts asking us to perform cost estimating ser tions like the German government knock share of the load. I am humbled to work with such great people who have allowed nation and world.Editors note: Reaching far and wide District shares sh passage lessons learned with German governmentIn a partnership with U.S. Army Corps of the Engineers Engineer Research and workshop in Massachusetts. District Hydraulic Engineer Lynn Reese was invited to attend the workshop at the Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research passage improvement knowledge captured and as chairman of the Emerging Technology Committee of the American Fisheries Society. The German government sought guidance from the Corps to learn from the Districts while adapting to developing technology. The Germans are challenged to improve echoing the Districts chal lenge of improving lam prey passage on the Snake and Columbia rivers. They are where we said. If you dont have a lot of knowledge about the to hydraulic aspects in facility? Reese asked. Like the Districts Reeses hope is that the Districts years of research and seasoned institutional knowl The Walla Walla District is known na said. Weve learned just by doing. Weve


5 In response to a record season of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla resources to help communities in southeast Idaho and Wyoming cope with increased After activating its Emergency Opera counties and cities in the upper Snake River area and Wyoming. The Corps has also provided three Crisa also provided 50 rolls of plastic sheeting to Jefferson County and 35 rolls to Bingham The jobs getting done and done very well because of the people who have volun Caldwell said. They brought the right at are the things that make an effort like this a success. District Emergency management person nel also coordinated with Corps Portland and Seattle districts to provide a Crisafulli which is in the Corps and a Crisafulli pump to Jefferson County. The District con tinues to coordinate with state and local emergency manage ment agencies. Idaho Bureau of Homeland and city emergency management agencies are taking additional precautions. Corps water management managers to make adjustments in river system operations that will best accommodate the ervoirs are being drafted ahead of anticipated heavy spring runoff. The District is pre pared to assist states and municipalities with management specialist. That assistance could in equipment or contracts Were watch ing rivers and streams throughout the District and staying in touch with said Stidham. Our top priority is the pub (Above) District Project Manager Simeon Francis passes on team leadership responsibilities Power Plant Operator Judy Turner looks on while serving as a quality assurance representa District provided supplies and technical advice.tuned to information and advisories agencies and be ready to take action ac Early 2011 forecasts indicated this would be a record year for Spring Corps personnel remain vigilant and are asking the public to remain aware of the safety risks associated with and environmental issues such as well contamination. For more information about Emergency Man visit www.nww.


Stepping out to help outCost Engineers working for community, beyondWalla Walla Districts Cost Engineering Branch may sound like just another department in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. So it Districts cost engineering departments duties lie outside District headquarters doors. The Cost Engineering Branch was established in 2002 as the neering for all U.S. civil works projects and the support for others program. The branch serves a critical role in the Corps cost engineering community. This role includes certifying all Corps cost products that travel to the Corps headquarters Civil Works Review Board for ap proval before going to Congress for authorization and funding. The branch team made up of about 25 individuals with varying The Cost DX recently supported the Baltimore District by providing on-site support in developing cost and schedule risk analysis for Poplar Island, an environmental restoration project located in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. The Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project (PIERP) is planned to create approximately 570 acres of wetland plus 570 acres of upland habitat. It is estimated that by 2014 PIERP will provide up to 40 million cubic yards (mcy) of dredged material placement capacity. Dredged material from the Upper Chesapeake Bay Approach Channels to the Port of Baltimore is used to restore 1,140 acres of wetland and upland habitat. The island restoration will resemble the approximate 1847 footprint which, as of 1996, had eroded to three separate islands with an area of less than three acres. To date, approximately 12 mcy of dredged material has been placed at the site. First in a two-part series on how the Cost Engineering Branch supports the Corps and beyond. The Cost DX is supporting a billion dollar plus project to reno vate and enlarge the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Program. This consolidates services from the Wilford Hall Medical Center plus the BAMC, creating the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). The Cost DX reviewed and made recommendations on the as well as helping develop its pre-negotiation objectives for the We were able to assemble a team of estimators to sort and review over four gigabytes of data consisting of hundreds of supporting government estimates and other cost data, said Mechanical Engineer Mike Jacobs. We also researched recent similar projects by the Veterans Administration and Navy looking for lessons learned and pricing data to help ensure an overall fair and reasonable price could be determined. District Cost Estimating Specialist Clay Roman, left, provides cost engineer ing services for the U.S. Department of Energys $12.3 billion Hanford Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) project in Rich land, Wash. The Cost DX and subcontractor, Project Time & Cost, of Richland, Wash., are working together to provide cost analysis and estimating support to assist the evaluation of requests for equitable adjustments (REAs), scope changes, baseline change proposals, and contrac tor claims. The team also evaluates key indicators and data related to installation sequenc ing, equipment procurement lead times, engineering support, and technical issue resolution in order to reveal and facilitate resolution of baseline vulnerabilities. Once completed, the site will be the worlds largest radioactive waste treat ment plant. The plant is expected to be operational by 2019.duties supporting the for other organiza which have included everyone from the Corps Europe District to the Russian govern ment. While currently working on about 130 active projects around also delivers training and mentorship to other district personnel on a request basis. The tors who develop and provide training to other Corps districts as When another district requests support for agency technical Editor LaRhonda McCauley. The Cost Engineering Branch offers cost estimating services throughout the life of a project to help project managers make construction portion of the project. Cost engineers responsibili ties include providing project managers with the overall project with cost and schedule. Cost and schedule risk analysis is the process that the Corps efforts on reducing risk of potential cost overruns and schedule delays before they occur. branch updates and produces the construction equipment own Because of the far and wide reach of the District Cost Engi recognized by everyone from to various national of the Year awards. National Directory of Expertise (Cost DX) *25 civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, cost estimating specialists and others. *130 active projects. *Manages two five-year $90 and $10 million cost estimating contracts available to all governmental agencies. *6 trainers available to other Corps Districts, other agencies and countries. by Terri A. Rorke


8 9 Award Journeyman of the YearDistrict Electrical Branch Chief Chad Rhynard is the U.S. Army Journeyman of Engineer and Scientists Resources and Winners...Evident by many Walla Walla District has been shooting for the stars with many accomplishments. Whether through Northwestern Division acknowledgment or U.S. Army Check out some of its latest award winners.Rhynard was recognized for his contributions toward the recruitment and develop ment of engineers and scien tists graduating from colleges civilian engineers and scien tists to professionally develop U.S. Army U.S. ArmyGina BaltruschMichael C. Robinson Award Locke L. Mouton AwardUSACEMedia Relations and Public Information: Gina BaltruschCommunications Keith L. Ware CompetitionCommunity Relations: Bruce HenricksonUSACEChad Rhynard, electrical branch chief Stephen Doherty Stephen Doherty public affairs specialist Bruce Henrickson public affairs specialist Gina Baltrusch, public affairs specialist Leadership Development Program grads moving up (Above) 2011 Leadership Development Program graduates tour Lucky Peak Dam in Boise, Idaho. (Group photo) Back row (left to right): Stephanie Russian, Julie Davin, Mike Francis, Dave Sears, Jamie Howard, Mehdi Roshani, Manny Salas, Michael Harrington, Pete Stewart. Front row (left to right) Lyle Calhoon, Trevor Mclaen, Casey Forest. require. But as the Districts Leadership Development Program top after climbing the ladder. fear and realize its just within my grasp. Operations Engineering and Construction Regulatory Engineering and Construction Engineering and Construction...2011-2012 LDP Class Lower Monumental General Engineering Section Compliance Section Engineering Branch Granite Lower Granite 2010-2011 LDP Class Introducing the new Leadership Development Class.


10 11 photo by Russ Heaton photo by Senior Airman Jacqueline Kabluyen U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert BarnettSome call it an oasis in the midst how Walla Walla Dis trict employee Russ Heaton felt tional Guardsman major at Camp in the middle of surrounding countries facing years of violent served as an oasis amidst civil unrest in those neighboring duties. it is also heavily involved in development projects such as humanitarian efforts. about 50 tons of aid donations into the local community in food. He also had to ensure equal distribution of the donations in Africa. We purposely strategized our deliveries of humanitarian Djibouti Fighting poverty in by Terri A. Rorke We use the churches and mosques in this area to aid us in distrib uting items to the people who need them. The religious leaders ensure servicemembers and their family members in the U.S. donate more And the donations are well appreciated. warriors of another kind. But their uniforms are habits. offering service to the the poorest of the poor since Mother Teresa of Calcutta set it up in 1950. The charity serves all people regardless of their religion or social kicked out of the country. This is a softer response than neighboring countries like Somalia where the same crime might get your head cut Heaton delivered rice and bedding. These are the two most needed donations. Thats because bedding is frequently burned after use by staple food for the patients. should we feed you? Heaton said. Its a tough place in Africa where there are so many needy who are generally healthy but also need food. efforts outside of their military duties. Camp Lemonnier servicemem (Above) District Limnologist Russ Heaton stops for a photo with Missionaries of Charity nuns while deployed to Djibouti with the Washington National Guard in June 2010. (Below, left) Scene of African terrain. (Top, right) Army Spc. Angelo Deras from Guam Army National Guard Readiness performs a communication check on top of a hill overlooking Godoria Range, Djibouti, Africa in March 2008. (Right) Missionaries of Charity Sister Apelred, a nun serving the Lady of the Good Shephard Cathedral in Djibouti, examines donations provided by Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in June 2010.


12 13 Day 2011 Huston and Amanda Gallaway show off their catch, left, while Matt Millbauer, right, To celebrate Earth Day, McNary Lock and Dam and Ice Harbor Lock and Partnering to clean up and celebrate Duffys Pond McNary Lock and Dam & Ice Harbor Lock and Dam Roger Golladay (right) volunteered on clean Mill Creek a Guard the Environment environmental service the National Guard about three hours to do what had about one thousand hours volunteered, which As the sun shines a bit warmer and the grass turns a bit greener, we are reminded that its time for Earth Day again: April 22. The Walla Walla District was actively involved this year with not only Spring cleaning and trailthey didnt do it alone. Working with organizations like the Washington National Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and city organizations made Earth Day a time of teamwork and by Jeremy Nguyen photos courtesy of Port of Kennewick photo by Beth Dailey photo by Beth Dailey


14 Balancing interests a regular day in regulatory Of the 802 employees in the 259 have jobs that do not require them to sit at a desk for the majority of their day. For the remainder of this Thats why District Commander Lt. Col. Huffman and Attorney Chloe Pullman de cided to lead in a program inspiring healthy percentage of body fat reduced. Participants are encouraged to record their weight each week and weight loss leaders have seen as much as a 10 percent in reduced challenge. Just under 50 people decided to take the challenge this year. thusiasts around the District. Program Analyst cycling just 18 months ago and has already Echo Red to Red Mountain Bike Race near he said. It lured me in. Green Travel Competition sponsored by local sustainability groups. anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 and vehicles. said Contract Specialist Jake Shaw. And rid ing a bike is more fun than driving. McCauley competed for the lead female position in the competition. Its taught me to make time for myself McCauley said. its good for the environment. And another way District employees are Living Strong (for those of us who still drive)Gas Saving TipsIdle for 20 seconds if you must If in town, keep your window down percent of the fuel you put into your vehicle. Keeping your car running for 20 seconds uses tear on your engine is comparatively low.Slow down...slower improves the miles you can get out of a gallon of gas but every time you slam on your brakes you are wasting all the energy it took to gain that speed.ANSWERS: (1) Earth Day Exercise Story and photos by Terri A. RorkeWalla Walla District Environmental Resource Specialist Jamie Howard and Portland District Project Manager Debra Henry review plans for a subdivision in Canyon County, Idaho, during a pre-construction compliance inspection. these professions and more. Whether guiding a contractor on building a subdivision or a resi if their project impacts jurisdictional waters and wetlands in Idaho. The Corps has jurisdiction over most perennial and intermittent rigation and drainage canals and ditches that are tributaries to other through the permit process with the goal of issuing a permit that meets the applicants purpose and need while minimizing impacts to the aquatic environment. Congress gave the regulatory program to the Corps because it wanted an agency that would strike a proper balance between environ who leads the District Regulatory Division. The law gives the Corps broad discretion to make decisions that consider competing interests The Corps administers Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of Corps issues permits for dredging and structures affecting navigable including wetlands. The team of 15 people in the District headquarters building and sitive demands. A national goal is to process relatively simple permit applications (nationwide and general permits) in less than 60 days and Although the Regulatory Division has a clear mission of issuing per Story and photos by Amber Larsen


16 17 Unlike most Corps employees who affects all walks of life and crosses over They work with everyone from large corporations and public municipalities to everything from leveling residential lots to constructing large mines. Projects can often related issues such as compliance with the Preservation Act and tribal coordination or more. said Environmental Resource Specialist them and go over options to address their concerns yet minimize environmental impacts. We are here to help people get said Martinez. One of the challenges of working in regulatory is helping people under stand why Corps employees are in their The breakthrough happens when they Reinhart said. One of the reasons I believe we have been successful is because we have forged incredibly good partnerships with other regulatory and government agencies that we the purpose of the Regulatory Divisions outreach presentations for the regulated public to help it understand the permit process and provide an update on any changes. Meetings typically draw a crowd of the program so often that its a challenge for us to Reinhart said. Regulatorys mission doesnt stop with helping people understand their role either. It assists the public from cradle to grave of the project while ensuring Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wild life Service. After working closely with the Regulatory Divi Attorney Theresa Hampson said she is struck by the With every permit application, the regulatory division walks avoiding any environmental impact and preserving cultural resources or historical property. They may suggest alternatives designs to a project, such as building a bridge over a stream verse a culvert through the stream. If the impact cannot be avoided, then, secondly, regulatory helps the applicant minimize the impact. For example, instead of building a one-story home, they may suggest building a two-story building on a smaller foundation. Finally, if the applicant minimize their projects impact, then regulatory requires mitigation efforts to offset any loss.With every permit(Above, left) Environmental Resource Specialist Beth Reinhart advises William Sheldon at his property in April. (Above, main) Reinhart and Regulatory Specialist Michael Burgan evaluate wetlands at a property owners land in Coeur dAlene, Idaho. Regulatory Facts Team of 15 people regulates activities in Idaho. Handles about 2,000 actions yearly. They must balance environmental law, with private property rights in pursuing the overall public interest. There is a fair amount of stress on the project managers during the permit process because of all the the constant tension between wetland conservation and One day they may be educating the public or other in a Clean Water Act trial. The skills necessary to ac Reinhart simply summed up how she looks at her job. Environmental Resource Specialist Greg Martinez points out a tree at a mitigation site outside of Boise, Idaho. In addition to understanding regulations and keeping up with permit deadlines, regulatory specialists must be also able to identify plants.


18 bowling teams effort paid off as it took victory in the 2011 in April. and Mechanical Engineer Chuck Palmer) brought home the Around the District(Above, right) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Lucky Peak Nursery Manager Clark Fleege, center, talks to District Commander Lt. Col. David Caldwell about the nature and history of the facility in Boise, Idaho, in May. (Left) District retirees stop to pose for a photo during the annual Retiree Day in April. Retirees were updated about the Districts latest projects including the recent Lower Monumental Lock and Dam navigation gate replacement project in Kahlotus, Wash. (Bottom, left) Scott Beckstrand exchanges contact information Day in April. The event drew 159 attendants representing 100 businesses. kept our retirees up-to-date. We are also preparing for fun at the annual Check out photos from what we have been up to lately around the District. Time to splash around. Dig out your bike, sharpen your volleyball skills and get ready to refresh, rewind and relax at Corps Day. For information, contact: Katie Goodwin *7497, Rosalie Lopez *7349 15July Corps Day 2011 photo by Stephen Doherty photo by Stephen Doherty photo by Keith Hyde photo by Yvonne GibbonsWalla Walla District Bowling team


20 Im with the CORPS Mark LindgrenName: Mark Lindgren, PEPosition: Chief, Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, Engineering and Construction DivisionDescribe your job. I am responsible for overseeing the analysis and providing guidance on water related issues, such as water quality, water management, water resources studies, and hydraulic design for the District. I have worked in this position for ten years and have worked in the water-related field for more than 25 years.What is the biggest challenge youve faced in your current position? The most challenging part of my position is trying to balance the various competing needs to use our water. Power, fish, navigation, recreation, water quality, flood control and irrigation are all important needs that have strong advocates. The Corps provides the analysis and justifi cation and works with the region to determine the proper balance. This role is not easy but is extremely valuable to region and the nation. Describe a few accomplishments youve experienced with your job. Several accomplishments that I take great pride in include the development of state-ofthe-art fish bypass and transport facilities at the Walla Walla District main stem projects, the development of a removable spillway weir (RSW) technology, and research efforts to develop improved fish passage through turbines. All of these are tools that help us balance between important but competing needs.What is the most rewarding part about your job? The most rewarding part of my job is working with the many talented people in the Corps of Engineers. They are hard-working, dedicated and continually trying to solve very difficult problems. We have great people across the board from Planning, Design, Construction and Operations. Solving tough problems and working with great people is my vision of a dream job.Please highlight a notable milestone or memory in your position. One of the more interesting memories I have with this job, occurred on 9-11. We were at Lower Granite Lock and Dam and for the first time we put water over the prototype RSW. The water-up and testing was very successful and held great promise for the future, which was in direct contrast from what was happening on the ground at the World Trade Center in New York. The tremendous effort that went into the development of the RSW, the excitement of it working as it was envisioned and the dramatic actions on 9-11 make that day standout as no other.