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2 Tower Times November/December 2008 By Hilary Markin Dan Crone Natural Resource Specialist Saylorville Lake F or some employees the Flood of ence testing their abilities to work outside their comfort zone enduring long hours and unpleasant conditions. For oth ers like Dan Crone this was another event to add to his memories of working for the Corps of Engineers. he worked two seasons for the principle contractor on the construction of Say lorville Dam. He directed 16 Caterpillar earthmovers where and when to unload compactable material on the dam. I was in awe regarding the planning and engineering skill used to design and build these structures that have performed so well. It also boggles the mind when I think about all of the tracts of land that Corps real estate personnel negotiated and procured from so many entities to make things come together, said Crone. He would later become a Park Ranger with the Corps of Engineers performing dam safety duties along the same mileCrone began his career with the Corps then was using carbon paper and the project was like the Wild West. We had a young staff with one station wagon phone, said Crone. A few of those other young staff members are still there today. I have worked with them so long that I know what they are going to say before they speak. Crone also remarked on the true worker/family relationship that still prevails today at Saylorville Lake. Since the early 80s, Crone has been involved with inspecting project dams and as the real estate ranger, with the current title of Natural Resource Specialist. I requires a bit of outdoor endurance, di plomacy, an even temperament, an ability to resolve problems, and a sincere belief in what one is trying to accomplish, said Crone. He surveys more than 200 miles of government boundary line and resolves illegal trespasses and encroachments. I have had to confront many persons for using government land contrary to our regulations. Some of the individuals had previously owned the same land prior to the government purchase for the Saylor ville Project. Crone has never been one to rely on television for a glimpse at the outside world. Some of my greatest challenges have been while deployed by Emergency Management representing our District in the aftermath of hurricanes, said Crone. He has participated in eight disasters, step ping out of his comfort zone and gaining a better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses. For most of the disaster missions that Crone worked he was performing quality assurance for the debris removal mis unpleasant conditions. I witnessed the choking smell of burn sky, trees snapped off half way up, and the highest relief point being the highway overpass and debris piles at Corps dump sites, Crone said regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in Homestead, Florida. na in Guam, Crone was assigned a prob Barrigada. Days were endless, hot and mission in Puerto Rico following Hur ricane Georges. I truly felt that we did gratifying to see blue roofs everywhere, said Crone. Outside of work, one of the Crones decision to hike to Everest Base Camp. Crone and his wife spent a year studying level) for the trip of a lifetime in Nepal. We climbed over 100 miles to Everest Kala Patar (18,200 feet) and back down we still have a great feeling of accom plishment. It remains the most physically and mentally demanding thing we have ever done, said Crone. Slowly but methodically Crone has visited a lot of places off the beaten path around the world and has learned a lot from the different cultures. It has always throughout life, and not leave them to the end, said Crone. Crone enjoys spending time at his fam ilys cabin on the Iowa River, the place of his roots, where he sleeps well and actu Dan Crone on the climb to Mt. Everest.

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District Commander Col. Robert A. Sinkler Chief, Corporate Communications Ron Fournier Editor Hilary Markin publication for members of the views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of De fense, Department of the Army, or the Rock Island District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is published monthly using offset press by the Corporate Com District, U.S. Army Corps of Engi Send articles to Editor, Corpo Army Corps of Engineers, Clock mail at cemvr-cc@usace.army.mil On the web at: www.mvr.usace.army.mil/PublicAffair November/December 2008 Tower Times Contents November/December 2008 Tower Times 3 Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 31 No. 2 November/December 2008 On the Cover Keith Traynor, St. Paul District dredge MV Dubuque, moves dredge material to repair the levee at Two Rivers on November 7, 2008. Photo by Ron Fournier, Corpo rate Communications. 4 A Year of Records for the Rock Island District Col. Robert Sinkler, District Commander 5 First-Ever Concrete Breaking Ceremony Congressman Bruce Braley kicks off major rehabilitation Stage III-A 6 2008 Flood Recovery Update Status of levee repairs following 2008 Midwest Flood 8 Student Environmental Conference High school students learn about the Mississippi River 9 Signing of Davenport Flood Risk Partnership 10 2009 Rock Island District Eagle Watches Learn about our nations symbol at an Eagle Watch 12 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance Jan. 19 Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off! 13 Fall Forestry Day Saylorville Lake hosts forestry students from Iowa State University 14 Winter Safety Tips

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4 Tower Times November/December 2008 2008 has been an action-packed year for the Rock Island District, and the perfor year. Many of us will remember 2008 as in the Des Moines, the Rock, the Illinois and the Mississippi River Basins. It is hard to believe that the water level in Cedar Rapids was eleven feet above the previous response teams performed was a model for the Nation. With your assistance, more were raised in a matter of days to protect vital infrastructure and property. Hun dreds of millions (and probably billions) of dollars of property damage was prevented due to your efforts. Most importantly, numerous lives were saved by the techni cal assistance provided to local govern decision making. Within a few short days was back open for business. Everyone did a superb job. Our National leaders clearly appreciated the support from the public servants in the Rock Island District. daily, and the Midwest values and work what makes the Rock Island District a high-performance family. Most of you know that I do not care as much about safety statistics as I do people. Right now I am more concerned than ever about your safety because we have had people put their job ahead of their per and all of us need to be more engaged in protecting our workforce. As I see it, the primary goal of our safety program is to ensure that everyone makes it to retirement with their health intact. We owe this to the Rock Island District family. packed, but in different ways. Our support to the region will continue to increase in every area. We will estab lish the new Rock Island New Orleans Support Of mer commander of the St. District in the design and construction of the multi-billion dollar Greater New Or leans Area Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System. which will include several hundred mil lion dollars of levee repairs, lock and dam continue to be highly visible, and have to complete all of these projects early in Our normal program will also con we serve. Right now we have more ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremonies probably have had in all of the last 6 years combined. As most of you know we generally have years than we have people to accomplish it. that our Nation has given us, we will need and increase the size of our workforce to meet the additional workload we will have. I need all of your help in making these hiring actions occur as quickly as possible. I strongly encourage you to start months in advance to support training and education requirements, and help meet the increased workload. Many of you have grown accustomed to an annual program of a little more than $100 million. With everything we have going on in the Rock Island District, we will have a program of nearly half a billion work, we will have to change the way we think about ourselves a little bit. We have clearly moved into the civil works big 2011. As most of you know, we have a great story to tell. I appreciate it that each of you help tell it. We are a medium-sized district in a relatively small city. Many times we get overlooked and forgotten about. It is important for our future as a public service engineering organization that we continue to host as many conferences and meet ings as possible in the Quad Cities, make presentations at National and Regional conferences about the great things that we are doing, continue to be obsessed about doing great things and sharing our best business practices with others in the Corps of Engineers, and continue to serve on Re gional and National teams, committees and boards. Rock Island Districts light should shine and never be hidden. During this time of economic downturn, it is important that we do all that we can to strengthen our Regional and National economy. It wouldnt surprise me if we to support a National economic recovery stimulus package. In 2008, Rock Island District gave more of its contracts to Regional small businesses than any other Our Nation will continue to invest in us as long as we continue to add value to the Region by constructing important National projects, providing important National ser vices, support economic development, and remain a solid, transparent, science-based organization. Brandie and I hope that you had a great As you know, we both thoroughly enjoy serving a part of the Nation we call home. By Col. Robert Sinkler, District Commander

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November/December 2008 Tower Times 5 D espite temperatures in the single digits and snow falling, the groundbreaking ceremony for the lion Lock and Dam 11 major rehabilitation project, Stage III-A took place at Lock and Dam 11 in Dubuque, Iowa, on Dec. 16. Ceremony participants included J.F. Brennan and Civil Constructors Joint to J.F. Brennan, LaCrosse, Wis., for a and Dam 11 is part of the Corps major rehabilitation program which began on the the navigation locks and dams. Lock and Dam 11 has been in operation since Sept. ment approach the end of their projected lives, breakdowns and failure of equip ment become more probable. Braley said Lock and Dam 11 was placed in Dubuque to alleviate a major employment crisis during the Great De pression. I cant think of a better metaphor of why were here today, he said, citing President-elect Barack Obama, who has proposed spending on infrastructure proj ects like locks and dams and highways as a way to stimulate the economy. a massive investment in infrastructure because thats going to create jobs, its going to put people to work, and its going to improve our ability to transport goods, services and people throughout the coun try, said Braley. tion and repair at the lock and dam. He noted that for every billion dollars invested said. It puts money back into the federal treasury. It attracts people to stay and work in communities just like this. Its a smart investment for our long-term economic recovery. tion of the navigation dam. It will consist of minor demolition, repair and replace moval, relining, and reinstallation of roller removal of service bridge timber planking removal and replacement of below deck and replacement of selected operating houses concrete roof panels, EPDM placement of operating houses steel entry electrical work. Stage III-A is the third of four stages of and dam which is targeted for completion in 2012. Craig Reber, Telegraph Herald, con tributed to this article. First-Ever Concrete Breaking Ceremony To signify the begin ning of Stage III-A rehabilitation on Lock & Dam 11, ceremony participants used sledge hammers to break concrete. From left, Mary Day, re gional director, Sena tor Charles Grassleys Congressman Bruce ert Sinkler, District Commander. By Hilary Markin

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6 Tower Times November/December 2008 he June 2008 Midwest Flood caused an enormous amount of property damage and the recovery process is in full they did just that, even though some of them overtopped. Now the recovery process and rebuilding of these levees is critical to In cooperation with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquar ters, Division leadership and partner agencies at the local, state, operations for the levee systems. It is the Districts goal to have be able to provide the design level of protection. ranging from minor erosion to a major overtopping inci repairs to re-establish the system to once again protect lives and property. Repair Status Highlights Contracts have been awarded for the remaining breach repairs and sible without the hard work and dedication provided to the Rock Maintenance Crew also went above and beyond to help speed up the repair process. Examples of Completed Work: breach was repaired by the St. Paul District dredge crew of the MV Dubuque who were able to mine sand from Huron Chute and terial for the later wave-wash repairs that will occur in the spring MV Goetz Crew who removed large trees from the breach and scour holes. By Hilary Markin At left, the crew of the MV Dubuque complete the Mississippi River Levee breach at Two Rivers. Above, the Mississippi River Maintenance Crew unloads material from a barge at Site 1 of the Oquawka Reach Dredge Material Management Program.

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November/December 2008 Tower Times 7 During material placement the Goetz crew did additional prep by removing smaller debris and clay contaminants from the levee core. A stockpile of material is also available for wave-wash repairs this spring. the dredge crews of the MV Dubuque and MV Goetz from the St. Paul District and the Rock Island Districts own maintenance successful allowing the completion schedule to remain on target. One of the biggest challenges the recovery team has faced was equipment stranded. been a very valuable communication tool providing up-to-date information on the recovery status for all affected areas and entities. What the Future Holds working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal, state, and local agencies as a Regional Interagency Interagency Levee Work Groups will operate in state Joint Illinois and Iowa. www.iwr.usace.army.mil/ iltf / meetings to discuss status updates and issues that need to be ad to the public by updating their website regularly and created an has been that new news is old news. Progress is constantly being For more information on the 2008 Midwest Floods visit the Rock Island District website at www.mvr.usace.army.mi l and select the 2008 Flood and Recovery link. The dredge MV Goetz from the St. Paul District stationed in the Mississippi River while working on the Gregory breach. At left, members of the MV Goetz from the St. Paul District move material to repair a levee breach in Union Township. Above, members of the MV Dubuque, St. Paul District, re move debris at Union Township.

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hey say that education is a never ending process, and being able to nurture that process by teaching others about your passion is not something that very many people get the op seven individuals passionate about the environment, the river, and working together to preserve and sustain this planet at the second National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, students and their teachers together with major river stakeholders Under the coordination of Mark Wagner, Education Director at the National Museum and Aquarium, state and federal staff from trips, educational programs and hands-on learning lessons that al ed Bill Franz (Environmental Protection Agency), Dorie Bollman and Hilary Markin (Corps of Engineers), Pam Steinhaus (Fish and tion Service), Mike Steuck and Denny Weiss (Iowa Department of and Rock Island High School, Rock Island, Ill. tations highlighted the different agency programs that focus on the Mississippi River watershed problems and issues, gave a perspec tive on federal initiatives, and focused on how agencies partner together to solve problems through collaboration. A virtual lock and dam tour took place from the park bluff overlooking the river. of native mussel species, the students tried to gather and identify by the opportunity to sleep in the state rooms or the crews quarters on the William M. Black dredge boat. they observed soil and water conservation best management prac tices on farms and watersheds, viewed erosion and learned about the impacts of different crops on erosion. in which the students developed ideas for environmental projects helped the students to think and react to how they feel about envi ronmental problems, and about what they can do about these prob lems as individuals, or as a class. Students used their creativity and the information learned about the environment at the conference to verbally and visually editorialize on environmental problems. An underlying purpose of this conference was to get students at this level to understand and care about resources, and perhaps to spark some interest in pursuing a career in science. Feedback such as everything was fabulous, the museum is awesome, and very pleased with the information and activities, helped organiz ers know that their time was well spent. And responses such as would like more hands-on activities, need a little background knowledge of what a watershed is, and would like to go through the lock and dam on a boat, will be used to start the planning 8 Tower Times November/December 2008 By Sharryn Jackson, Programs and Project Management At left, Dennis Weiss, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is teaching students how to identify different species found in the Mis sissippi River. Below, participants watch a demonstration on the newly installed perme able pavement at Swiss Valley Nature Center in Dubuque County.

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D avenport Mayor Bill Gluba and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Mr. John Paul Woodley, Jr., signed the Davenport Flood Risk Management Project riverfront from Centennial Bridge to just north of the Iowa American Water treatment plant. Due to the costs associated with the project and the publics desire to stay connected to the Missis sippi River the project did not materialize. ened each time but was able to stay in service thanks events prompted the City of Davenport to request the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do a reconnaissance study and appropriate federal funds to investigate whether there would be a A Limited Reevaluation Study and Report (LRR) was initi Reach 1. L-wall and I-wall types), a 200-foot portion of earth embankment, road and railroad closure structures, interior drainage structures, and an operation and maintenance access road. also provide a level of protection equivalent to adjacent communi is considered a critical infrastructure element that provides water and Le Claire. November/December 2008 Tower Times 9 The Davenport Water Treatment Plant was surrounded by clay levees during the 2008 Midwest Floods. By Hilary Markin

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Mississippi River Visitor Center Through February 15 Weekends Only Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days January 9 11 QCCA Expo Center Sanctuary Zoo Muscatine Bald Eagle Watch January 10 Riverside Park Hours: 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Keokuk Bald Eagle Days January 17 and 18 River City Mall Hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. 3 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Dubuque Bald Eagle Watch January 17 Grand River Center Hours: 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Sanctuary 10 Tower Times November/December 2008 Eagle Watching at the 2008 Quad City Bald Eagle Days.

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November/December 2008 Tower Times 11 Le Claire Bald Eagle Watch January 24 and 25 Mississippi Valley Welcome Center Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. & Sunday, 1 4 p.m. Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and Illinois Audubon Society Bald Eagle Watch January 24 and 25 Illinois Waterway Visitor Center & Starved Rock Lodge Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Quincy Bald Eagle Watch January 25 Lock & Dam 21 Hours: 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Saylorville Lake Bald Eagle Watch February 22 Saylorville Lake Visitor Center Hours: 12 4 p.m. Red Rock Eagle Watch March 7 Central College Hours: 10 a.m. 5 p.m. College to Lake Red Rock) A participant at the 2008 Quad City Bald Eagle Days ad mires the size of an eagle and its nest.

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November/December 2008 Tower Times 12 he Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us Kings character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit. We commemorate Dr. Kings inspiring words, because his our collective longing to be come a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasnt enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans. the life and contributions of Americas greatest champion of racial justice and equal ity, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality. On this day we commemo rate Dr. Kings great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are African-American, His panic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or AsianAmerican, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who We commemorate on this holiday the ecumenical leader and visionary who embraced the unity of all faiths in love and truth. And though we take patriotic pride that Dr. King was an Ameri can, on this holiday we must also commemorate the global leader who inspired nonviolent liberation movements around the world. Indeed, on this day, programs commemorating my husbands birthday are being observed in more than 100 nations. world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed his vision of ecumenical solidarity, his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community. Americas pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence --the man who taught action is the most powerful, revo lutionary force for social change available to oppressed people in their struggles for liberation. of a man who endured harassment, threats and beatings, and even bombings. We commemorate the achieve freedom for others, and who knew he would pay the ulti mate price for his leadership, but kept on marching and protesting and organizing anyway. Every King holiday has been a national "teach-in" on the values of nonviolence, including uncon ditional love, tolerance, forgive ness and reconciliation, which are so desperately-needed to unify America. It is a day of intensive education and training in Martins philosophy and methods of nonvio to get in the habit of asking themselves, "what is the most loving On the King holiday, young people learn about the power of injustice and defuse violent disputes. It is a time to show them the power of forgiveness in the healing process at the interpersonal as well as international levels. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and re membrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the Holiday, his followers perform service in hospitals and shelters and prisons and wherever people need some help. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, reha bilitate housing, tutoring those who cant read, mentoring at-risk youngsters, consoling the broken-hearted and a thousand other projects for building the beloved community of his dream. By Coretta Scott King

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November/December 2008 Tower Times 13 Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we "will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of and John "...whosoever will be great among you shall be your servant of all." And when Martin talked about the end of his pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, even then he lifted up the to mention on that day Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others," he said. "I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life...to love and serve humanity. We call you to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which em powered all of the great victories of his leadership. And with our hearts open to this spirit of unconditional love, we can indeed achieve the Beloved Community of Martin Luther King, Jr.s dream. May we who follow Martin now pledge to serve human ity, promote his teachings and carry forward his legacy into the 21st Century. E dents studying forestry at Iowa State University. Students who are forestry majors take a special set of classes dur at Fall Forestry Camp and courses designed to give students an early understanding of the many aspects of natural resources and to Saylorville Lake to see a large multiple use project in an urban setting. on tall grass prairie, invasive species, wildlife projects or use of tion on shorelines and large scale tree loss due to saturated soils. cutter to clear invasive autumn olive adjacent to Prairie Flower Recreation Area. elk or venison chili, students have a chance to interact and ask is informal and allows the students to learn more about careers in natural resources. Iowa State University is very positive. Staff at Saylorville Lake have worked with the Natural Resource Ecology and Manage ment Department for many years on class projects, volunteer source for summer rangers and co-op students but more than 80% have been students from ISU. Saylorville looks forward to continuing this tradition for many years and maintaining the relationship they have estab lished with Iowa State University. By Brian Nail, Natural Resource Specialist at Saylorville Lake Iowa State University sophomores participate in Fall Forestry Day at Saylorville Lake. H ot off the press is a new publica tion featuring the locks and dams of the Up per Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway System. 1,200 miles of navigable water in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. If you would like a copy, please stop by the Rock Island District Corporate Communica cemvr-cc@usace.army.mil.

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14 Tower Times November/December 2008 2008 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Auction Sympathy ... Retirements ... Chester Peterson, hydrologic tech nician, Engineering and Construction years and 16 days to the federal govern ment. Darrell Michels, lock and dam government. Ora Walters, assistant lockmaster, and 11 months to the federal government. Please send achievements, births, and Hilary.R.Markin@usace.army.mil. Without your input, we may not receive the information that enables us to inform the District. successful annual workplace charity cam throughout the country and internationally to help raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges that are made during the campaign nizations that provide health and human thanks to those who donated items and to all the bidders. Jose Joe Coro nado, Ridge, Ill., died Nov. 21, at his residence. Coronado was a deck hand for the Corps He was a Ma rine Corps veteran serving during the Robert Newell, Ill., died Nov. 2, at Genesis West Medi cal Center. Newell was a civil engineer plus years and retired He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korea War. Charles Chuck Farnham, Davenport, Iowa, died Nov. 6, at Gen esis Medical Cen Farnham was a civil engineer with the John C. Hastings, died Dec. 20, at Monroe County Hospital. Hast ings worked for the foreman. He was an avid outdoorsman and a skilled maintenance worker. Murtie MacLean, Rock Island, Ill., died Nursing Center at Friend ship Manor. MacLean worked for the Corps and the Rock Island Arsenal William Bill McDonald, 61, of Mo line, Ill., and Orlando, Fla., died Oct. 16, at Florida South Hospital in Orlando. McDonald was a civil engineer in the Hydraulics and Hydrology Branch, Engineering Division leaving federal service Edward Collins, at his residence in Davenport. Collins was vice president of sales for Midwest Metals and also worked many years for the Corps of Engineers. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Thomas Schink, of Potosi, Wis., died Dec. 28, at his home. Schink Dam 11. He began work in Dubuque. He served in the Army

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November/December 2008 Tower Times 15 Thanks to our employees who are deployed or have completed duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism, as well as those who are de ployed or have completed duty in support of Natural Disaster Relief Thank You For Serving! A listing of all the current District em ployees who are, or have been, involved in Natural Disaster Relief Operations can be htm W inter is the most dangerous time of the year to travel. Below are a few tips for driving and walking on snow and ice. Driving in snow and ice: lights, taillights, mirrors, and license plates before driving. Stop the car when necessary to keep windows clear. Check your tire pressure once a month, cold temperatures can cause low tire pressure. drink and drive. between you and the car in front of you. could lock causing your vehicle to slide. foot off the gas, keep your foot off the brake, and turn your wheels in the direction it is sliding to straighten it out. whenever possible. Head-on collisions are among the greatest killers on wet or icy roads. frozen to the windshield. Consider replac ing your original wipers with winter wiper blades that are less likely to collect ice buildup. Stuck or stranded in a vehicle: route, possible alternate routes and planned arrival time with someone. You can never be prepared for everything bag of sand (or cat littler) for tire traction, jumper cables, warm clothes, gloves/hat place. Remove yourself from dangerous situations. start shoveling a path in front and behind the wheels. Spread sand in the path youve front of the tires gives them something to grip on to. backward in rapid succession until free. Walking on snow and ice: slick. If possible avoid tricky situations and plan a safe route for your walk. Remember rug and wipe your feet! use handrails when available. Avoid carry ing many items, keep at least one arm/hand free for balance and handrails. to provide a base of support and stabilize you as you walk. Attempt to keep your center of gravity lower to the ground, which further stabilizes the body. If this feels better to you, then do so. Just remember to place your whole foot on the ice at once and keep your base of support By Troy Larson, Chief of Safety and Occupational Health

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