Harold Atherton2 Tower Times April 2004Lockmaster, Lock and Dam 13 Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Spotlight on the District Bud Atherton stands at the gates, behind him stretches the large expanse of water that makes up the pool behind Lock and Dam 13.Some people dream of travels to distant shores, while others like Harold Â“BudÂ” Atherton, lockmaster, Lock and Dam 13, fulfill their dreams by living, working and playing in the area they call home. Â“Daily operation and security of Lock and Dam 13 is what my job is all about,Â” said Atherton. Â“But it is the people I work with and the challenge of knowing everyday is different that I really enjoy the most.Â” Raised in Savanna, Ill., Atherton attended high school, married, and raised four children in the Savanna area. He had many jobs that helped prepare him for his present occupation, including working as a fireman for the railroad, an electrician for Savanna Electric, and an industrial equipment mechanic at the Savanna Army Depot. Atherton began his career with the Corps in 1987 in Le Claire, Iowa, and in 1991, transferred to Lock and Dam 13 as an equipment repairman. In 1993, he was promoted to assistant lockmaster, and on Dec. 28, he became lockmaster. Atherton supervises a crew of 13 employees and one student assistant. Â“In the last 10 years, all of the student assistants we have had completed their college educations,Â” he said. Â“They are a great asset to the Corps and I am happy that this job helps provide the experience and resources they need to get started in their careers.Â” Atherton said the pool behind the dam is one of the largest on the Mississippi, like a large lake or estuary, it has a vast shoreline that provides important ecosystems for a multitude of species of fish and wildlife, as well as tremendous opportunity for recreational use. He pointed to a large flock of white pelicans flying overhead and said their numbers had increased over the past few years as they made their way up to South Dakota. Atherton and his crew face the challenges of the continuous maintenance that is required on equipment that is more than 70-years-old and is still in use today. Â“We need to replace aging equipment,Â” said Atherton. Â“How would you like to drive on a highway that was built in the 1930s? Wear-and-tear from the elements and years of service mean constant maintenance and repair.Â” Â“Our maintenance schedule adapts to the weather in order to get as much done as possible. We have erected tents in the winter so we could paint and repair equipment and take advantage of time we have between navigation seasons,Â” said Atherton. Atherton and his crew are ready to assist anyone on the waterway who is in need of help, and they spend considerable time doing just that, especially during navigation season when commercial and recreational use is at its highest. Â“As big as this pool is, I have seen it change from a lamb to a lion in a matter of minutes, and then it can prove to be devastatingly dangerous,Â” said Atherton. Â“Now that I work here I donÂ’t spend as much time out fishing and on the water as I used to,Â” said Atherton, Â“I tell my five granddaughters that we didnÂ’t watch television when I was their age, because we didnÂ’t have one. Twenty years ago, IÂ’d have never dreamt I would be working at a desk using a computer.Â” Perhaps Atherton has the best of both worlds, living in a place he loves, doing a job he enjoys every day. Story and photo by Patricia Ryan, Public Affairs
District Engineer Col. Duane P. Gapinski Editor Mark A. Kane Chief, Public Affairs Ron Fournier This newsletter is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Tower Times are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army, or the Rock Island District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is published monthly using offset press by the Public Affairs Office, Rock Island District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, Box 2004, Rock Island, IL 61204-2004. Phone (309) 794-5730. Circulation 1,500. The deadline for submitting articles for the Tower Times is the 7th of the preceding month. Send articles to Editor, Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Box 2004, Rock Island, IL, 612042004.The Tower Times is printed on recycled paper. On the web, in living color, at: http://www .mvr .usace.army .milApril 2004Tower TimesContents On the Cover Cindy Klebe, Muscatine Ranger Office, and Cub Scouts from Troop #114, Muscatine, Iowa, install a bluebird nest box at Shady Creek Recreation Area on March 22. A total of eight nest boxes were installed. See page 12 for more. Photo by Kim Kassmeyer, group leader, Muscatine Cub Scout Troop #114.ILWW Structures Maintenance Crews Perform Emergency WorkApril 2004 Tower Times 3Got Sand?6-7 10-11District LDP Participants Strive For Excellence9 Tower TimesU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 26 No. 5 April 2004 Facility Schedule 2004 Recreation Season14-22
4 Tower Times April 2004On May 1, the nation will again celebrate Law Day. President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 by presidential proclamation. In 1961, the first of May was set aside by joint resolution of Congress as a Â“special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States of America,Â” and as an occasion for Â“rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under laws.Â” For more than 30 years many local lawyersÂ’ groups, bar associations, corporate and governmental legal offices, and military staff judge advocates have sponsored Law Day activities. Law Day has also served as an occasion for communities, citizensÂ’ groups, and schools to further educate the public on the importance of the rule of law and the unique place of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights in human history. In the past few years, the American Bar Association, as the national professional association of American lawyers, has chosen a central theme for each yearÂ’s Law Day activities. This yearÂ’s theme is To Win Equality By Law, spotlighting the 50th anniversary of the Supreme CourtÂ’s historic ruling in Brown v.Law Day 2004: To Win Equality By LawBy Rian Hancks, Acting District CounselBoard of Education. Brown was a seminal case; a unanimous court striking down the notion of Â“separate but equalÂ” in the realm of public education, and finding segregated schools to be inherently unequal and a violation of the equal protection guarantees of the 14th Amendment. Brown demonstrated the true genius of our system which, imperfect though it may be, provides mechanisms for peaceful change, the protection of liberty, and the realization of human aspirations, all within the framework of the rule of law, not of men. This is a particularly appropriate time for us to reflect on and celebrate our Constitution and our system as the United States continues its efforts to extend the protection of law and the blessings of liberty around the globe. In celebration of Law Day, Office of Counsel will have an open house from 9 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. on May 3. The DistrictÂ’s legal staff will be your hosts and will be happy to discuss our legal services program and answer any questions you may have. There will also be plenty of refreshments available. We hope to see you all there. On the Â‘Net www .lawday .or g
"I love music and this is mostly about song," said Sconyers. "One of my favorite songs is Battle Hymn of the Republic." Pictured above: Sconyers and the Good News Singers Chorale lead District attendants in song. Bottom left: Doug Davis, Disadvantaged Business Utility Office, and Joe Nobiling, Information Management, lend their talents to the celebration. Bottom right: Sconyers reads about AfricanAmerican involvement in music during the Civil War era. April 2004 Tower Times 5SEPC Brings Story, Song to Di SEPC Brings Story, Song to Di SEPC Brings Story, Song to Di SEPC Brings Story, Song to Di SEPC Brings Story, Song to Di s s s s s trict, trict, trict, trict, trict,Celebrates African-American History MonthBy Mark Kane The Special Emphasis Program Committee sponsored a special lunch-n-learn Feb. 12 that brought both story and song to the District's Clock Tower Building in celebration of African-American History Month. Tony Sconyers, chief counsel, U.S. Army Field Support Command, performed with the Good News Singers Chorale of the Greater Quad-City Area as part of a program titled Â“A Spiritual Journey in Story and Song.Â” Sconyers also spoke and read about AfricanAmerican involvement in music during the Civil War era.
6 Tower Times April 2004Structures maintenance crews, what do they do? Why are they here? An easy answer -they keep our locks and dams in good working condition. But how they are able to do that is not a one-sentence answer. Let me give you an example. On Feb. 3, Starved Rock Lock and Dam needed emergency repairs done to their fractured buffer box on the upper-right miter gate. Mike Beneventi, maintenance foreman, Illinois Waterway, was contacted in Peoria, Ill., and headed for Starved Rock to assess the situation. Beneventi contacted Russell Stillwell, supervisor, Maintenance Unit 2, Illinois Waterway, and asked him to prepare his crew for immediate assistance to Starved Rock. Stillwell was in Joliet, Ill., working at Brandon Road Lock. Maintenance Unit 2 was fully functional and ready to lend their expertise by 3:30 a.m., after having disassembled the mobile crane and acquiring special permissions for transporting. Before Unit 2 arrived at Starved Rock Lock and Dam, Larry Collins, lockmaster, Mark Witalka, assistant lockmaster, and John Durdan, a lock mechanic, had already been at the lock since the breakage occurred. Steady teamwork by the lock personnel and Unit 2 continued into the mid-afternoon, when Maintenance Unit 1 was called in from Peoria to lend a hand. Unit 1 arrived around 2:30 p.m. and joined the determined group effort until the gate was temporarily fixed and operational around 1 a.m. on Feb. 4. Fortunately, only three industry boats were inconvenienced resulting in a delay in passage. Due to the effort, the lock personnel were able to successfully lock the boats in heavy ice conditions. This was done without the aid of the bubbler system, which also needed repairs. With the help of Witalka, I will try and convey what actually took place to enable the temporary repair of the strut arm and buffer box. Maintenance Unit 1 used a high-output heating torch, large chain wrench, and a constant hammering on the plunger end of the strut-arm pipe, while keeping a pulling pressure on the chain wrench from the upper tow-haulage winch, to successfully turn the threaded plunger out of the strut-arm pipe. This was specifically noteworthy considering how slow and tiring the task turned out to be. The plunger would only turn a small amount as the chain wrench was slipping on the plunger, as well as the wrench and cable from the tow haulage, which as a result had to be constantly reset around the plunger. The plunger was finally removed from the strut-arm pipe. The plunger end and threads were de-burred, the cracked buffer box was removed from the miter gate, and then the track rollers fromILWW Structures Maintenance Crews Story and photos by Susan Yager, Illinois Waterway Project Office Members of ILWW Maintenance units weld a new strut arm into position as part of the emergency repairs involved in replacing a fractured buffer box at Starved Rock Lock and Dam.
April 2004 Tower Times 7the cracked buffer box were removed and installed on the replacement buffer box. After that, the replacement buffer box was installed onto the miter gate, and a new strut-arm bolt was placed through the plunger, which was then threaded back into the pipe. After threading the plunger back into the strut-arm pipe, the connection to the buffer box was completed and ready for the limit-switch assembly to be done. This was a temporary fix, due to the fact that a completed job would take place on Feb. 9 when the bubbler system would be fixed and a new strut-arm assembly could be installed. In order to fix the crushed pipe fitting on the bubbler system, (probably due to ice or a tree branch becoming trapped during a lockage) the dive crew was called in from the Peoria Project Office. The bubbler system runs along the walls and lock floor starting out with four-inch pipes and graduating to two inches with orifices every six feet. The ILWW dive crew worked on the replacement of the crushed pipefitting (fortunately the crushed fitting was an end fitting) and had the system fully functional again by 12 p.m. on Feb. 9. The primary duty of this system is to keep ice out of the gate recesses to allow for 105-foot-wide tows. This crew of two divers, two tenders and one supervisor were retained to assist with the completion of the strut arm repairs the following day. Feb. 10 at 7 a.m., the lock was scheduled for a 12-hour closure. I was present for a first-hand look at the procedure of installing the new strut-arm assembly. The old strut arm was pulled in less than two hours, which is very efficient considering all the tedious procedures and confining spaces the crew was working in. Placement of the new arm was coordinated and accurately done like threading a needle. The most time consuming part was when the new buffer box was being fit into the knuckle for the placement of the pin. The buffer box is made from a preformed cast and specifications are not always perfect. A lot of grinding and replacing had to be done before the tight fitting would allow the pin to fit. With determination, patience and skill, the job was completed by 1:30 p.m., and the lock was reopened six hours ahead of the scheduled closure time. One of the most commendable observations of this repair, besides the skill and teamwork I witnessed, was the fact the entire repair was done without any lost-time injuries. Believe me, I could see where the slightest wrong move or hiccup in coordination would have resulted in a serious injury. My thoughts are once again following the direction as in previous articles. How could the industry or public using the Illinois River ever get along without our tuned and well-oiled teams Â– that being the Illinois Waterway Corps of Engineers?Perform Emergency Work A view of an old buffer box that had cracked and was in immediate need of r epair at Starved Rock Lock and Dam.ÂWith determination, patience and skill, the job was completed by 1:30 p.m., and the lock was reopened six hours ahead of the scheduled closure time.ÂŽA view of the new buf fer box after ILWW maintenance cr ews completed emergency repairs.
8 Tower Times April 2004 District Members Mentor Area Youth During Job Shadow DayStory and photos by Mark KaneTop Right: Joe Vann, Engineering Division, displays one of many "dummy" explosives to visiting youth from J.B. Young Intermediate School in Davenport, Iowa. Vann used the visuals to explain what kind of ordnance he might come across in his job. Middle: George Mech, Engineering Division, displays samples of rock, used to evaluate the integrity of the ground, to J.B. Young Intermediate students. Bottom right: Brian Estifan, Engineering Division, gives a demonstration of a piece of weather equipment used by the District with the assistance of one a J.B. Young Intermediate students.Students from J.B. Young Intermediate School came to the District's Clock Tower Building Feb. 17 to participate in Junior Achievement's Groundhog Job Shadow Day held throughout the United States to encourage young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. The District supports this effort by providing volunteers to JA. More than 18 District employees participated in this year's event as mentors to more than 53 students from J.B. Young Intermediate School. Students not only learned about their mentor's job, but also toured the Clock Tower Building, the Mississippi River Visitor Center, the Geotechnical Branch lab, the library, the Water Control Section, observed a Geographic Information Systems demonstration and an explosive ordnance display. Groundhog Job Shadow Day is only one small part of the District's involvement in the JA program. For more information on becoming a volunteer in the JA program, please contact Justine Barati by e-mail or at ext. 5204. On the Â‘Net www .jobshadow .or g www .ja.or g www .davenport.k12.ia.us/young
Rock Lock and Dam and Visitor Center and the Hennepin-Hopper Wetland Area. The group also met with a group of congressional and state government aides to discuss the relationship between the Corps and their representative offices. The group is also required to conceive and execute a group project that will be useful to the District. Participants spent a lot of time last fall generating possible project topics and evaluating their potential. The selected topic is knowledge retention within the District. The potential loss of institutional and technical knowledge as the workforce ages and retires is a serious problem in most organizations. The project will involve developing a program to identify and capture critical knowledge and skills that could be lost due to retirement and turnover. The group will research the topic, develop tools for a pilot implementation within the District, and summarize findings in a report to present to the LDP steering committee. The initiation and continuation of the LDP is evidence that the District is committed to building a solid foundation for future leadership. The diversity of professional backgrounds among LDP participants helps each individual develop a better picture of the District mission. The development of professional and personal relationships between participants will hopefully facilitate teamwork and communication within the District for years to come. April 2004 Tower Times 9The District's Leadership Development Program is in its second year. The program is intended to develop valuable skills for potential future leaders. The participants for this yearÂ’s program are Mark Anderson, Engineering Division; Andrew Barnes, Operations Division; Gail Clingerman, Programs and Project Management; Michael Cox, Operations Division; Rodney Delp, Emergency Management; Mari Fournier, Resource Management; Rodney Hallstrom, Real Estate; Kevin Landwehr, Engineering Division; Michael Schwar, Engineering Division; Jodi Staebell, Programs and Project Management; and Gary Swenson, Operations Division. The program is facilitated by DRI Consulting of Minneapolis, Minn., and is overseen by a steering committee comprised of senior staff and chaired by Maj. Melody, deputy district engineer. This yearÂ’s group began in summer 2003 and will graduate in late spring 2004. The program has various components and is a significant time commitment for the participants, both on-duty and offduty. There are monthly one-day classroom sessions that focus on discussions of leadership, organizational and planning skills. These sessions often include presentations by District and community leaders. The classroom sessions also provide time to discuss the books that are required reading for the program. Mentoring is also a key component of the program. Each participant selects a mentor from a pool of senior District staff. The participants meet with their mentor at least monthly and provide a report of each session to DRI Consulting. Mentors can provide valuable insights from experience that is difficult to replicate in a classroom setting. Mentors benefit by sharing their knowledge and gaining a new perspective through these interactions. Program participants are also encouraged to attend senior-level meetings to observe current District leadership in action. The program includes two retreats that allow participants to get away from home and the office so they can focus on selfdevelopment. The first retreat was last summer in Galena, Ill., and included fieldtrips to Thomson Causeway, Savanna Fish and Wildlife Service, Lock and Dam 12, and the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa. Each fieldtrip site involved discussions with officials involving leadership and interaction within the District and between the Corps and other agencies. Prior to the fieldtrip, each participant was subjected to a barrage of assessments that were reviewed at the retreat. The assessments included personality type, conflict-management style, career aptitude, and a 360-degree assessment completed by supervisors, peers and subordinates of each participant. The assessments were valuable in gauging how participants see themselves as compared to how others perceive them. The second retreat was earlier this year at Starved Rock Lodge. This retreat included fieldtrips to StarvedDistrict LDP Participants Strive For ExcellenceLDP participants and guests take a break during their tour of Lock and Dam 12. Left to right: Mari Fournier, Resource Management; Michael Schwar, Engineering Division; Jodi Staebell, Programs and Project Management; Rodney Delp, Emergency Management; Leonard Ernst, lockmaster, Lock and Dam 12; Mark Anderson, Engineering Division; Gail Clingerman, Programs and Project Management; Gary Swenson, Operations Division; Kevin Landwehr, Engineering Division; Andrew Barnes, Operations Division; Rodney Hallstrom, Real Estate; Gary Dumais, DRI Consulting; Michael Cox, Operations Division; and Tori Littlefield, DRI Consulting. By Andrew Barnes, Mississippi River Project Office
When the first river boats steamed their way up the waters of the Mississippi River in the 1820s, they carried more than farm goods, passengers, corn, gamblers, travelers, and immigrants. They carried the wave of the future, including the need for continuing river maintenance and dredging to ensure safe navigation on the largest river in America, as well as many major rivers that feed into it. "The Dredged Material Management Program is charged with the task of developing the most cost-effective methods of long-term management of the dredged material in an environmentally acceptable manner, while achieving the mission of providing a safe and reliable commercial waterborne transportation system," said Michael Cox, channel maintenance coordinator, Operation Division. "In this case, long term means a minimum of 20 years, however, the Corps strives for 40-year projects to be more cost effective and efficient." Dredging is the removal of solid materials such as sand, silts, gravel, and10 Tower Times April 2004cobble from the bottom of the river to make sure it is deep and wide enough in the main channel for boats and barges to navigate without scraping bottom or becoming stuck. Each dredging operation is called a cut or series of cuts, and creates the need to find a place (such as stockpiles and beaches) to put the material that is scooped from the river, which is mostly fine beach-type sand. While many people would love to have a load of sand for their landscaping projects, the DMMP must operate within the regulations to find the least expensive alternatives for disposing of the dredge material. "There are nearly 180 historic dredge sites in the District, comprised of 112 dredge areas on the Mississippi, and 67 on the Illinois River," said Cox. "The Corps completes from 30 to 40 dredging projects each year depending upon necessity, budget and resources. The areas with the highest volume (amount of dredged material to be removed) and highest frequency (how often it needs to be done) are the projects that receive the highest priority for long-term planning," said Cox. With the advent of environmental laws of the late 1960s and the early 1970s, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, the placement of dredged material within a river environment has become more of a challenge for the Corps. Long-term planning efforts for dredged material placement originated in the late 1970s under the Great River Environmental Action Team studies, as authorized under the Water Resources Development Act of 1976. The DMMP program started in the late 1980s and includes multi-disciplinary committees that look at all aspects of dredged material management. It consists of people from five Corps areas including the Operations Division, Programs and Project Management, Economic and Environmental Analysis Branch, Engineering Division, and Real Estate. "The DMMP coordinates with state and federal resource and regulatory agencies at the beginning of each project, as well as during the development and implementation stages," said Cox. Got Sand?By Patricia Ryan, Public Affairs
April 2004 Tower Times 11 They also involve stakeholders and the public, which help create a plan that has input from all interested parties, which can save time and money and is most likely to succeed in meeting the goals of the project. In conjunction with the DMMP, the Corps performs various environmental and hydraulic studies to help identify the affects of dredged material placement. "Dredged material is a manageable resource suitable for a wide variety of beneficial uses, such as natural resource habitat development, which includes refuge-levee repairs and the creation of islands,Â” said Cox. "Sites are also made available to the public where they can obtain sand for free." Early coordination in the long-term planning process helps to inform potential users of such opportunities. The Corps regularly sends out news releases advertising the availability of sand and encourages new and innovative suggestions for placement and uses. Early coordination in the long-term planning process helps to inform potential users of opportunities to obtain dredge materials for the lowest cost possible. Initial contact is accomplished by sending a coordination letter announcing the environmental assessment of new placement sites for each dredged material management project. Once the environmental enhancement possibilities are evaluated, new beneficial use sites are developed at locations best suited for material removal by local users. Beneficial-use sites are located as close to the dredge cut as possible, and developed so potential users will have access to the material to keep the costs down. These factors are evaluated during the DMMP site selection process. "As river traffic continues to increase, dredging projects continue to get larger and more numerous to keep up with the demands," said Cox. "Requirements for minimum channel dimensions grew out of the Clean Water Act, and were identified in the early River and Harbor Acts for the nine-foot navigation project." A full tow traveling the river may be up to 1,200 feet long. The term tow refers to a tow boat or power vessel, and includes up to 15 barges tied together that it pushes up or down the river navigation system as one large unit. On the river, this is called the 15-barge tow. "The DMMP is a vital link in the chain that keeps the transportation system moving on the river, which is one of the critical elements for transportation of goods for the United States," said Cox. "While people can see the obvious results of any delay in the busy routine on the river if they see barges backed up for miles not moving, many donÂ’t realize that the price of transportation such as trucking and fuel can immediately escalate in direct proportion to the length of time the river system is down. "Any delay on the river causes a ripple effect that ultimately ends up with higher prices at the supermarket for shoppers across the country," said Cox. "Even farmers who donÂ’t use the river for shipping see their costs go up to compensate for increased transportation costs across the board. The DMMP is doing its part to help keep the traffic moving." Left Sediment is deposited on a river shoreline during dredging operations in August 2000. Above An illustration of a typical cutterhead dredging operation used by the District. Right One of the most important pieces of equipment in dredging, the cutterhead, is closely inspected during dredging operations.
Investing In Our PeopleAround the DistrictRecent Retirements ...12 Tower Times April 2004 Sympathy ... District CommanderÂ’s Award Congratulations to Angela Gilbraith Interternal Review, and Ed Brewer on the birth of a baby girl, Katelyn Emily, Jan. 15. She weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Congrats ... Carmelo Senatra supervisory architect, Installation Support Section, Engineering Division, will retire April 30, after dedicating 23 years to the federal government. Delores DuPrey writer-editor, Project Management Branch, Programs and Project Management, retired April 3, after dedicating 25 years to the federal government. Larry Folger 61, died Feb. 29, at his home. Folger retired from the District in 2000 after 17 years of service to the Corps. During his time with the Corps, he helped restore Corps parks, was a heavy mobile-equipment mechanic at the LeClaire Base motor shop for the Mississippi River Project Office, and became the maintenance supervisor prior to his retirement. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1960 to 1968 as a machinists mate aboard USS Lexington, USS Independence, and USS Elkomin. Folger was awarded the Bronze Star. He was also a member of VFW Post 8295 in Port Byron, Ill. David "Pee Wee" Wiebenga 54, of Fulton, Ill., died March 17, at his home. Wiebenga retired from the District after 35 years of service. He worked as a painter at LeClaire Base, Mississippi River Project Office. He was an avid photographer of river scenes and wildlife and was well known for his cooking on the maintenance barges. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. Clark Moore 85, Major, retired, U.S. Army, of Rock Island, Ill., died April 6, at his home. Moore dedicated more than 36 years to the Corps of Engineers, and retired from the Corps at the Rock Island District in 1976 as chief of Programs and Project Management. Moore's service awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross with Clusters, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Battle Star. Maude Olson 100, of Davenport, Iowa, died Feb. 11, at Ridgecrest Village. Olson retired from the District where she worked as a secretary for many years. Thomas Mack Construction Division, received the December Commander's Award. Mack earned the award for assisting with the resolution of numerous complicated issues on various construction projects during the absence of many Construction Division personnel. Stephen Frank Construction Division, received the November Commander's Award. Frank earned the award for taking the initiative to prepare himself for, and pass, the American Institute of Constructors Certified Professional Constructors exam. The exam is a comprehensive, eight-hour exam that covers both technical and managerial aspect of construction. As a result, Frank is now a certified professional constructor. Cub Scouts, Muscatine Rangers Install Bird Houses Cub Scouts from Troop #114, Muscatine, Iowa, teamed with Muscatine Park Rangers at Shady Creek Recreation Area on March 22 to install eight bluebird nest boxes throughout the park. Cindy Klebe, a park ranger at the Muscatine Ranger Office, said, "This is a project that will be ongoing because we need to monitor the nest boxes. The troop will be doing the monitoring. Then, when this troop moves on to become Boy Scouts, the next group of Cub Scouts will be doing the monitoring, cleaning, maintaining, et cetera of the nest boxes. These Cub Scouts are 4th graders and very excited about doing this conservation project."
April 2004 Tower Times 13Notes from the Mississippi**This is a small sample of work completed at District locks and dams throughout the month.Speakers BureauBy Shannan Walsten, Public Affairs Lock and Dam 11, Dubuque, Iowa Inside of lock-control stands detailed. Storage cabinets fabricated. All employees CPR certified. Locks and Dam 15, Rock Island, Ill. Power-house doors painted. Heaving lines, safety-block lines, and small-boat lines completed. Lock and Dam 19, Keokuk, Iowa Upper-control building ceilings repaired, cleaned and painted. Lock pumps installed. Lock and Dam 12, Bellevue, Iowa Butterfly valves on the bubbler lines replaced. Crane training completed. Lock and Dam 16, Muscatine, Iowa New floor in shop bathroom installed. Tainter gear-boxes inspected, cleaned and repainted. Lock and Dam 20, Canton, Mo. Main-bubbler oil-system repaired. Ladders by the new river gauges installed. Lock and Dam 13, Fulton, Ill. Comfort station cleaned and repainted. Pointer indicators for the dam installed. Lock and Dam 17, New Boston, Ill. Handrail along lock removed. Lock scooters painted and serviced. Picnic tables repaired. Lock and Dam 21, Quincy, Ill. Wagon hitches built and replaced. Eyes in upper and lower tow-haulage units replaced. Lock and Dam 22, Saverton, Mo. New lock-scooter tires installed. Support rods for north bay loft measured and installed. Locks and Dam 14, Le Claire, Iowa Pier-house number nine renovated. Installation of main lock-gate timbers completed. Lock and Dam 18, Gladstone, Ill. Installation of quick disconnects on miter gates completed. Tow-haulage covers installed. On Feb. 23 and 24, Tom Heinold Engineering Division, spoke about his career in engineering with more than 60 students at Sudlow Intermediate School in Davenport, Iowa. Kara Mitvalsky Engineering Division, spoke about her career in engineering with more than 60 students at Bettendorf Middle School in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Feb. 27. More than 17 Westmer Elementary students learned about the Corps when Mark Pratt Engineering Division, spoke with them on Feb. 27 in New Boston, Ill. On Feb. 28, Tom Gambucci and John Lacina Engineering Division, participated as judges at the Bettendorf LibraryÂ’s annual science fair in Bettendorf. On March 8, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce held their annual career fest for more than 150 eighth-gradestudents at the Mark of the Quad Cities in Moline, Ill. Several District employees participated in the event, including Kevin Landwehr and Tom Heinold Engineering Division; Mattie Martin Operations Division; Jerry Skalak Programs and Project Management; and Joe Nobiling Information Management. Bob Riebe Engineering Division, spoke about the Flood of Â‘93 with more than 45 members of the Senior Advantage Club at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa, on March 16. The Speakers Bureau is part of the District's outreach program. Through these programs, employees work to foster positive relations between the community and the Corps. Contact with our public provides an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the DistrictÂ’s role in our communities, the Midwest and the nation. District employees interested in these outreach opportunities can learn more by visiting our website at www .mvr .usace.army .mil/ PublicAffairsOffice/ CommunityRelations.htm or by contacting Justine Barati at ext. 5204. On the Â‘Net www .apaha.or g
FACILITY SCHEDULE 2004 RECREATION SEASON SAYLORVILLE LAKENumber of Sites /Dates ofSite Fee***Site FeeFee Booth CAMPGROUNDS # Reservable* Full Service with Electric Non-electric T elephone # Â‘s Cherry Glen 121 / 78*Apr. 1 Oct. 30 $16-22 (515) 964-8792 Bob Shetler 67 / 55*Apr. 30 Sept. 29 $14-16 (515) 276-0873 Acorn Valley 108 / 66*Apr. 30 Sept. 29 $16-18 $12 (tents only) (515) 276-0429 Prairie Flower**** 247 / 198**Apr. 30 Sept. 29 $16-20 (515) 984-6925 *The National Recreation Reservation Service will allow you to make individual and group camping reservations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service sites by calling one, nationwide, toll-free number: 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777). To find out more about the NRRS, and to make your reservations on line, visit the web site www .ReserveUSA.com ** Prairie Flower has 104 sites for individual reservations and 94 sites for groups (10 group loops of four to 10 sites each). *** Individual campsites have a colored sticker on their site post to indicate price. PRICE KEY: Yellow = $12, non-electric; Blue = $14; Green = $16; White =$18; Red = $20. A few premium sites, marked $22 to $24, have additional site amenities such as 50-amp electrical service, sewer and/or water hookups. ****Prairie Flower North sites H173 H190 and group camping loops E, F, G and I close on Oct. 30.14 Tower Times April 2004
Number Reservation PICNIC AREAS of Shelters Fee* Dates A vailable BEACHES Open Dates Bob Shetler 2$50/Shelter May 1 Sept. 30 Oak Grove May 17Sept. 7 Cherry Glen 6$50/ShelterApr. 1 Oct. 31 Sandpiper*** May 1 Sept. 30 Cottonwood 9$50/ShelterApr. 1 Oct. 31 Oak Grove 2$50/ShelterMay 29 Sept. 06 Beach fee is $1 per person or $4 Walnut Ridge** 3$50/Shelter May 1 Sept. 30per vehicle; under age 12 free; or Sandpiper 1$110/Shelter May 1 Sept. 30purchase a $30 Annual Pass good for Lakeview 1Non-ReservableMarch Novemberunlimited, nationwide use. *All shelters are available on a first come basis for free, when not reserved. **Nine-hole disk golf course located at Walnut Ridge. *** No Alcohol Beach BOA T RAMPS Cherry Glen is open all year (no winter road maintenance); Lakeview and Sandpiper are open March through November. Day Use Fees are charged April through October; $3/day or purchase a $30 Annual Pass good for unlimited, nationwide use. VISITOR CENTER PHONE #Â’S Dates Days/Hours of Service Memorial Labor DayDaily /10 a.m. 6 p.m. Administration Office (515) 276-4656 Fax Line (515) 276-2088 September OctoberM F/10 a.m. 4 p.m. Visitor Center (515) 964-0672 and April MaySat /Noon 4 p.m. Lake Information (recording) (515) 276-0433 Sun /Noon 4 p.m.Picnic Shelter Reservation Line (515) 270-6173 March 1 October Camping Resv. NRRS (877) 444-6777 Toll Free January MarchSat /Noon 4 p.m. Sun /Noon 4 p.m. ADDRESS Saylorville Lake November December Closed 5600 NW 78TH Ave. Johnston, IA. 50131-1941 W eb Addr ess: www .usace.army .mil/saylorville Persons with valid Golden Age or Access Passport are entitled to 50 percent discount on camping and day-use fees. Discount is valid on group picnic shelter Special Use Fees only if all members of the group have valid Golden Age or Access Passports. Discount is not valid on group camping fees. April 2004 Tower Times 15
FACILITY SCHEDULE 2004 RECREATION SEASON CORALVILLE LAKEBeach. Gates at the Dam Complex are closed Oct. 15. Gates are closed at Sugar Bottom Campground Nov. 1 or at the first snowfall. Sugar Bottom sites 300-311 have sewer, water and 50-amp electricity hook-ups ($22) ** Linder Point sites L1-L8 have sewer, water and 50-amp electricity hook-ups ($22) Dates ofFee withFee without Gate CAMPING AREA Full Service Electricity Electricity Phone Number West Overlook April 15 Oct. 14 $14, 16 Sugar Bottom May 1 Sept. 29 $14, 16, 18, 20, 22$10 Cottonwood April 15 Oct. 14$10(T ent Sites Only) Linder Point** April 15 Oct. 14 $14, 22$10, 12 Tailwater East April 15 Oct. 14 $16, 18$10 Tailwater West April 15 Oct. 14$10 Sandy Beach May 1 Sept. 29 $14, 16, 20$10 Note: 60 percent of sites are reservable and remainder are first-come, first-serve. Gates are closed Sept. 30 at Sandy16 Tower Times April 2004
RESERVABLE Number of PICNIC SHEL TERS Shelters Cost Dates A vailable Turkey Creek 1$30/Shelter April 15Sept. 30 East Overlook 2$30/Shelter April 15Sept. 30 Tailwater West 1$30/Shelter April 15Sept. 30 West Overlook Day Use1 $30/Shelter April 15Sept. 30 Sugar Bottom Day-Use 1$30/Shelter May 1Sept. 30 Note: All picnic shelters are available on a first-come basis when not reserved. Call 319-338-3543 ext. 6301 or ext. 6311 for reservations. BEACHES Sandy Beach* April 1 Sept. 30 Sugar Bottom Camp May 1 Sept. 30 Sugar Bottom Day-Use May 1 Sept. 30 West Overlook Day Use* April 1 Sept. 30 *Note: A $1 charge for guests age 12 and up with a $4/car load maximum will be charged for beach usage. A $30 Annual Pass may be purchased for the season April 1 through Sept. 30. Golden Age/Golden Access cardholders are entitled to a 50 percent discount. Please inquire at the Administrative Office on the east side of the dam or call 319-338-3543 for further details. Boat Ramps : Day use fees or $3/day or $30/ season pass are in effect at the following ramps from April 1 through Sept. 30: Sandy Beach Day Use, Mehaffey Bridge Boat Ramp and West Overlook Day Use. Number of Area Sites Cost Dates A vailable Sugar Bottom 10 (Loop A) $160 May 1 Sept. 30 4 (Loop B1)$64 May 1 Sept. 30 5 (Loop B2)$80 May 1 Sept. 30 10 (Loop C) $160 May 1 Sept. 30 Note: All group reservations will be taken through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Call NRRS toll free at 1-877-4 44-6777 or on the Internet at www .ReserveUSA.com RESER V ABLE GROUP CAMPING ADDRESS: Coralville Lake 2850 Prairie DuChien Road, NE Iowa City, Iowa 52240-7820 Phone: 319-338-3543 Fax: 319-354-4466 Website: www .mvr .usace.army .mil/coralville VISITOR CENTER May 13 Sept. 308 a.m. 4 p.m. Weekdays 9 a.m. 5: 30 p.m. Weekends Oct. 1 May 128 a.m. 4 p.m. WeekdaysApril 2004 Tower Times 17
Dates ofFee with Fee w/o Gate CAMPING AREA Full Service Electricity Electricity Phone Number Howell Station* March 25 Nov. 08$16Not Listed Whitebreast* April 22 Sept. 27$12Not Listed Wallashuck* April 22 Sept. 27$12Not Listed North Overlook April 22 Sept. 27$12 $8Not Listed Ivans April 8 Sept. 13$12None *Note: Sites with 50-amp services are $2 more. FACILITY SCHEDULE 2004 RECREATION SEASON LAKE RED ROCK RESER V ABLE GROUP CAMPING* Number of Area Sites Cost Dates A vailable Whitebreast Heights Group 112$144/nightA pril 22 Sept. 27 Group 2 7$84/night April 22 Sept. 27 *Note: All group camp reservations will be taken through the National Reservation Recreation Service. Call NRRS toll free at: 877-444-6777 (TDD 1-877-833-6777) or contact them at Internet site: www .ReserveUSA.com18 Tower Times April 2004
RESERVABLE Number of PICNIC SHEL TERS Shelters Cost Dates A vailable Fifield 4$30/Shelter April 9 Oct. 6 South Overlook 2$30/Shelter April 9 Oct. 6 Whitebreast 1$30/ShelterA pril 22 Sept. 27 North Overlook 1$30/ShelterM arch 25 Oct. 25 MinerÂ’s Retreat* (enclosed) 1$30/ShelterY ear Round* Note: All picnic shelters are available on a first-come basis when not reserved, with the exception of MinerÂ’s Retreat. *There is also a $30 facility fee when renting the MinerÂ’s Retreat. MinerÂ’s Retreat is closed Dec. 4 20 due to deer shotgunhunting season. through Oct 15: South Overlook, Wallashuck, Marina Cove, Howell Station, and Whitebreast. BEACHES Dates Open North Overlook* April 22 Sept. 12 Whitebreast* April 22 Sept. 12 *Note: $1 charge ages 12 and up or $4 per car load maximum. $30 annual passes may be purchased. Passes are in effect from May 1 through Sept. 12. ADDRESS :Lake Red Rock Ph.# 641-828-7522 1105 Highway T15 Knoxville, IA 50138 Fax: 641-828-7952 Dates and Hours January:Closed (Open by appointment only) February-March: Open Saturday and Sunday Noon 4 p.m. April: Open Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. 6 p.m. May:Open Monday -Friday Noon 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. 6 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend: Open everyday 9:30 a.m. 6 p.m. September October:Open Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. 6 p.m. November: Open Saturday and Sunday Noon 4 p.m. December: Closed (Open by appointment only) BOA T RAMPS Day-use fees of $3/day or $30/season pass are in effect at the following ramps from April 1 VISITOR CENTER HOURSApril 2004 Tower Times 19
BOA T RAMPS Day-use fees of $3/day or $30/season pass are in effect at the following ramps from May 1 through Nov. 30: Grant River, Blandin g Landing, Pleasant Creek, Big Slough, Thomson Causeway, Cattail Slough, ClarkÂ’s Ferry, Lock and Dam 13, and Shady Creek. FACILITY SCHEDULE 2004 RECREATION SEASONDates ofFee withFee w/o Gate CAMPING AREA Full Service Electricity Electricity Phone Number Grant River* April 9 Oct. 24 $18/16 $10*** (608) 763-2140 Blanding Landing* May 14 Oct. 24$14$10 (815) 591-2326 Pleasant Creek May 15 Oct. 15$4 Thomson Causeway* April 9 Oct. 24 $18/16 $10*** (815) 259-2353 BulgerÂ’s Hollow May 10 Sept. 15$4 FishermanÂ’s Corner* April 11 Oct. 26 $18/16 $10*** (309) 496-2720 ClarkÂ’s Ferry* April 9 Oct. 11 $18/16(319) 381-4043 Shady Creek* May 7 Oct. 26 $18/16(319) 262-8090 Blanchard Island May 14 Oct. 22$4 Andalusia Slough May 15 Oct. 22$4 *Camping reservations **All other campgrounds (with the exception of ClarkÂ’s Ferry and FishermanÂ’s Corner) are open to primitive camping all year lon g, but are subject to closure due to weather conditions or to protect the natural resources of the area. Non-fee camping areas includ e: Lock and Dam 13, Ferry Landing, Fenway Landing, Bear Creek, John Hay, and Park Â‘n Fish. Phone ranger field stations for any additio nal or updated information. The Mississippi River Project has no reservable group camping and no designated beach areas. ***This fee is for the tent sites that are available. TRAILER DUMPING FEE : $5 at all fee areas, except at Andalusia Slough where no dump station exists.MISSISSIPPI RIVER PROJECT20 Tower Times April 2004
RESERVABLE Number of PICNIC SHEL TERS Shelters Cost Dates A vailable Lock and Dam 14 2$25/ShelterY ear Round Grant River 1$25/ShelterY ear Round Thomson Causeway 2$25/ShelterY ear Round ClarkÂ’s Ferry 1$25/ShelterY ear Round Shady Creek 1$25/ShelterY ear Round Andalusia Slough 1$25/ShelterY ear Round Blanding Landing 1$25/ShelterY ear Round BulgerÂ’s Hollow 1$25/ShelterY ear Round Note: All picnic shelters are available on a first-come basis when not reserved. LOCK and DAM 15 VISITOR CENTER Phone: (309) 794-5338 Fax: (309) 794-5741 Dates Times Open daily except Christmas and New YearÂ’s Day9 a.m. 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: Main Office: Mississippi River Project Office Natural Resource Management Branch P.O. Box 534, 25549 182nd Street Pleasant Valley, IA 52767-0534 Phone: (309) 794-4524 Fax: (309) 794-4347 Website: www .mvr .usace.army .mil/missriver FIELD ST A TIONS: Dubuque Ranger field station: (563) 582-0881Fax (563) 582-6908 Thomson Ranger field station: (815) 259-3628Fax (815) 259-3629 Muscatine Ranger field station: (563) 263-7913 (563) 263-7105Fax (563) 263-1845 Quincy Ranger field station: (217) 228-0890Fax (217) 228-3269 April 2004 Tower Times 21
FACILITY SCHEDULE 2004 RECREATION SEASON ILLINOIS WATERWAY CAMPING :None RESER V ABLE GROUP CAMPING :None BEACHES :None VISITOR CENTER : Dates Hours Jan. 2 Dec. 319 a.m. 5 p.m. Address :Illinois Waterway Visitor Center U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Route 1, North 27th Road Ottawa, IL 61350 Phone: (815) 667-4054 Fax: (815) 667-4954 e-mail: Ewbank@usace.army .mil F ARM CREEK RECREA TION AREAS : Address :Park Ranger U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Illinois Waterway Project Office 257 Grant Street Peoria, IL 61603-3585 Phone: (309) 676-4601or (309) 794-5760 Fax: (309) 794-5763 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .mil Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New YearÂ’s Day.22 Tower Times April 2004
For more in-depth information, the entire USACE 2012 plan is available at www .usace.army .mil/st akeholders .USACE 2012 and UsHow soon will we accomplish the transition? April 2004 Tower Times 23We Need You to Inform UsWeÂ’re looking for your feedback to improve your Tower Times. Our DistrictÂ’s official news magazine, the Tower Times, is written and published for the employees, retirees, and families of the Rock Island District. ItÂ’s your publication, and this is your chance to impact what is covered, how often itÂ’s published, and how well you like the content. We need your input to gage the Tower TimesÂ’ effectiveness in meeting your needs as a reader. The results of the survey will be used to improve the Tower Times and work to serve the publicationÂ’s readership to the maximum extent possible. The survey is located on Rocky, the DistrictÂ’s intranet, and can be accessed electronically at the following address: http://intranet.mvr .usace.army .mil/ Surveys/T owerT imes/ T owerT imesSurvey .cfm Many Corps employees are already operating under some of 2012 concepts. They sit with multi-disciplined teams including partners, customers and other federal agencies. They share work under the Regional Business Center. But for others, the transition will begin immediately. Over the next months, we will use the shaping tools we have available to get to the best organization possible. The Chief of Engineers supports the concept that everyone who wants a job will have a job. Human resources tools allow us to work toward that goal.
Grade 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 13.84 14.43 15.01 15.58 16.16 15.24 15.87 16.50 17.14 17.77 20.00 20.83 21.66 22.49 23.32 2 14.52 15.12 15.73 16.33 16.94 15.97 16.64 17.30 17.97 18.63 20.66 21.52 22.39 23.25 24.11 3 15.18 15.82 16.45 17.09 17.72 16.70 17.40 18.09 18.79 19.49 21.33 22.22 23.11 24.00 24.89 4 15.85 16.51 17.18 17.83 18.50 17.44 18.17 18.89 19.62 20.35 22.00 22.91 23.83 24.74 25.67 5 16.54 17.22 17.91 18.60 19.29 18.19 18.95 19.70 20.46 21.22 22.68 23.62 24.57 25.51 26.46 6 17.20 17.92 18.63 19.35 20.07 18.91 19.70 20.49 21.28 22.07 23.34 24.32 25.29 26.26 27.24 7 17.87 18.61 19.36 20.10 20.85 19.65 20.47 21.29 22.11 22.93 24.02 25.01 26.01 27.02 28.02 8 18.73 19.51 20.29 21.07 21.85 20.60 21.46 22.32 23.18 24.04 24.83 25.87 26.90 27.93 28.97 9 19.58 20.40 21.22 22.03 22.85 21.54 22.44 23.33 24.23 25.13 25.73 26.80 27.87 28.94 30.01 10 20.47 21.33 22.18 23.03 23.88 22.52 23.46 24.39 25.34 26.27 26.61 27.73 28.84 29.94 31.05 11 21.36 22.25 23.14 24.03 24.92 23.50 24.47 25.45 26.43 27.41 27.07 28.20 29.34 30.46 31.59 12 22.26 23.19 24.11 25.03 25.97 24.48 25.50 26.52 27.54 28.56 27.67 28.83 29.98 31.13 32.29 13 23.14 24.11 25.08 26.04 27.00 25.46 26.52 27.58 28.64 29.70 28.41 29.60 30.78 31.96 33.15 14 24.05 25.04 26.04 27.05 28.05 26.45 27.55 28.65 29.75 30.85 29.30 30.52 31.74 32.96 34.18 15 24.74 25.79 26.81 27.83 28.93 27.24 28.43 29.53 30.65 31.80 30.31 31.58 32.85 34.10 35.37 WS-16 31.48 32.79 34.09 35.40 36.72 WS-17 32.78 34.14 35.50 36.87 38.23 WS-18 34.22 35.64 37.07 38.49 39.92 WS-19 35.51 36.99 38.47 39.95 41.43Incorporating the 2.7 percent General Schedule Increase and a Locality Payment of 10.90 percent for the Locality Pay Area of Rest of U.S. Effective January 2004 (Net Increase: 3.90 percent) Annual Rates by Grade and Step The salary table located above is the new salary table for general-schedule government employees (other than special GS-sa lary career fields) and reflects the adjusted rates after President George W. Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution for Fiscal Year 2004 that inclu des a 3.90 percent civil service pay raise for 2004. The pay raise will be retroactive to the first pay period of 2004 and includes a 1.2 percent increase over the previous 1.5 percent General Schedule Increase in pay, as well as a .81 percent increase over the previous 10.09 percent for locality-based pay. Special salary rate tables for engineers and information technology career fields can be found on the Internet at http://apps.opm.gov/ssr/tables/ The above salary schedule was issued March 15. The schedule covers the majority of District wage-grade employees. Wage-g rade salary tables for Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, Des Moines, Iowa, areas can be found on the Internet at www .cpms.osd.mil/wage From that page, choose Approrpiated-Fund Pay Schedules. Most of the Rock Island District is in area 053, which shows up under Iowa, otherwise pick your state and county. WAGE GRADE SALARY TABLE 2004WY/WG/XF WO/WL/XG WA/WS/XHSpecial Wage-Rate Schedules for Employees on Floating Plants (other than Hopper Dredges) and Lock and Dam Operation and Maintenance Employees, U.S. Army Engineer District Rock Island, Ill. Federal Wage-System Regular and Special-Production Facilitating Wage Rate Schedules for the Davenport-Rock Island-Moline, Iowa Wage AreaWY/WG/XF Rates WO/WL/XG RatesWA/ WS/XH RatesGENERAL SCHEDULE SALARY TABLE 2004Effective Dec. 14, 2003