District Commander Col. Shawn McGinley Chief, Corporate Communications Ron Fournier Editor Hilary Markin This newsletter is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Tower Times Department of Defense, Department of the Army, or the Rock Island Dis trict U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is published monthly using offset press by the Corporate Commu U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, Box 2004, Rock Island, IL 61204-2004. Phone (309) 794-5730. Circulation 1,500. Send articles to Editor, Corporate Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Box 2004, Rock Island, IL, 61204-2004; or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org On the web at: October 2009 Tower Times Contents October 2009 2 Tower Times 3 Be Safe Always Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 Districts Largest Urban Flood Risk Management Study Feasibility study in full swing for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa 6 Water Safety Highlights 7 Stage One of Peoria Island Project Nears Completion 8 Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities 9 Safety Corner Flu Season 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District Chris Haring On the Cover many communities including the City waters four and one-half-feet above the damaged the downtown corridor includ ing City Hall and the county courthouse located on Mays Island in the middle of (See story on page 4) Photo by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tower Times Engineers Rock Island District October 2009
October 2009 Tower Times 3 A nyone who has met me or heard me address our work force may think I sound redundant at times regarding one issue in particular Safety. With that in mind, I want all employees to know that the health and well being of our workforce is my top priority. Safety issues will always be my command agenda. no worse feeling than losing someone who is under your charge. Recently, our District has experienced an unusual increase in although no deaths occurred, this increase should be cause for alarm. It certainly got my attention. It was decided a Safety Stand Down Day was in order and inspecting their work sites, training employees on how to recog work place practices. Our stand down focused on areas like position work site. The steps taken during the stand down are conducted on a regular basis. The stand down acted as a catalyst to reemphasize the importance of conducting Although the safety stand down was held for Opera the District take safety precautions whether their work BE SAFE ALWAY S we execute. That can be as simple as ensuring your cubicle or desk area is free of hazards or as critical as wearing the correct present a possible safety risk. Ensure you are being prudent and diligent with a mind toward safety at all times. And, your safety said, safety is my top priority and although it is my charge and ultimate duty as your commander, I want all of you, no matter your position or title, to be champions for safety throughout our organization. pain strikes deep and will stay with me for the rest of my life. on your mind! Slip, trip and fall ac cidents can occur as a result of poor house keeping. Take a mo ment each day to check your work area for hazards (cords, bags, boxes, etc.) that could pose a tripping hazard.
By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist October 2009 4 Tower Times Districts Largest Urban Flood Risk Management Study T Midwest. The City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which had businesses, homes, schools, city buildings including City Hall, and the wastewater treatment plant. As reported by the City, 7,400 properties were impacted, displacing around 25,000 people. Cedar Rapids entered into a feasibility study cost sharing agree partnership between the Corps and the City to identify potential Cedar Rapids. This expansion transformed the study into the largest Flood Risk Management (FRM) Feasibility current estimated cost of $7.5 million. formed consisting of employees from the Corps, City, City-contracted consultants and other federal agency rep This plan outlines how the City plans on implementing management issues. ment. Team (PDT) has become fully engaged and is formulating mea constructing a FRM plan. The team is working closely with con ronmentally, and socially acceptable for the City of Cedar Rapids. The PDT economics team members are currently conducting Markin, PDT team lead for GIS, worked in coordination with the The heart of the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, changed in June streets, buildings and neighborhoods.
Districts Largest Urban Flood Risk Management Study October 2009 Tower Times 5 non-structural measures such as relocating structures structures. GIS database capabilities are being used as the pri conducting a Phase I hazardous, toxic and radioac and document research to determine if any HTRW through the fall and early winter. The team is also working on geotechnical en soil samples drilled throughout the study area. The samples are being taken in the general location of all potential alignments and potential borrow sites currently under consideration within the feasibility study area. Cultural resources team members are currently collecting ar as determined necessary. ing. The modeling will be combined with the economic damage of those properties, from residential to commercial and industrial. The Cedar Rapids feasibility study has an ambitious scope and The draft Feasibility Report with a recommendation is scheduled Houseboats and debris stack up against a railroad bridge across Photos courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Karl Schmitz, Operations Division.
October 2009 Tower Times 7 A struction on the Upper Mid-sized Island Critical Resto the work scheduled for Stage One has been completed. sedimentation Rock Island Districts Planning and Policy Branch, described the tion efforts. resources on a large scale can be integrated and restoration can be construction at the Peoria Island site has not been without chal lenge. According to Hythecker, the contractor, Midwest Foun because a lot of the work being done is not typical of this kind of The work being done is mostly dredging material and plac ing the material into geotextile containers. Those aspects alone in which the work is being done as well as the culmination of STAGE ONE O F PE O RIA IS LAND PR O JECT NEAR S CO M P LETI O N Dredging material, putting it into a hopper and using a commonly used in construction, but not all together as in this case. It is typical to use a concrete pump to pump concrete, not Hythecker said that Stage One is nearing completion and that Stage Two. Stage Two we will dredge the 55-acre lake to a depth of six feet. We will then place all of the dredged material on the interior of the island. stages of planning and design, including two ready for construc and implement a restoration program, long-term resource moni approaches. Section 519 also authorized construction of critical By Allen Marshall, Public Affairs Specialist Left, the contractor, Midwest Foundation Corporation of Tremont, Ill., uses a crane to manuever the clamshell bucket before dumping the sediment into the hopper mounted on the work barge. A concrete pump beneath the hopper then pumps the sediment into the white geotextile containers that form the perimeter of the island. Troy Hythecker and Randy Kin ney, Engineering and Construc tion Division, stand on top of the geotextile containers dur ing a site visit.
October 2009 8 Tower Times Rock Island District BUILDING STRONG ONE DISCIPLINED TEAM in thought, word, and action meeting our commitments, with and through our part ners, by SAYING WHAT WE WILL DO, AND DOING WHAT WE SAY. Want to know how YOU can help USACE BUILD STRONG ? visit http://www.usace.army.mil/about/CampaignPlan/ I BUILD STRONG by providing excellence in my job, others even if they are beyond my normal comfort zone. ~ Don Bardole, natural resource specialist, Mississippi River Visitor Center Manager and member of the 2008 Quincy Flood Team, Operations Division BUILDING STRONG WANTED: Quali problem solvers with a demon strated ability to adapt to different situations and circumstances. M any indi with disabilities possess precisely these attributes. Yet, as a whole, disabilities rep resent one of the largest untapped pools of skills and talent in the U.S. According to the U.S. Cen of men in that age group without disabili ties. For women in the same age group, the numbers were 51.4 and 67.3 percent, to succeed in todays rapidly changing Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities from their capabilities. In the 1990s, two-thirds of Americas economic growth resulted from new tech nologies. More than half of U.S. workers Furthermore, the U.S. Department of La that total employment will increase by decade. This growth is expected to be con health and information technology indus tries. In fact, of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 15 are related to health or information technology. higher education and participate in work experience programs such as internships and mentoring. Employees with dis abilities also contribute to a businesss complish tasks and implement strategies. ployees with disabilities consistently meet or exceed performance expectations and Taking the following kinds of steps can included in their recruiting efforts: Including people with disabilities in Creating partnerships with disabilityContacting career centers at colleges ity-related publications, Web sites and Establishing summer internship and mentoring programs targeted at youth with disabilities For more information contact the EEO An employee workshop titled Reason in the ABC Conference Room Oct. 29. The programs will be presented by Center, founded in 1991 as one of 10 fed erally funded technical assistance centers on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Stay tuned for more information from
October 2009 Tower Times 9 Flu Season Safety Corner T ruses are spread through person-to-person contact. Here are some keys to help stop the spread of germs: Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. sneeze. ously and scrub all surfaces for 15-20 seconds. (Thats about the amount of time it takes to sing the Happy Birth use alcohol-based gel sanitizer. be easily spread to these areas after touching an infected hours) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables. Practice other good health habits such as eating right and getting plenty of rest. Eating a well balanced diet and maintaining regular sleep keeps your body strong and Stay home when you are sick and check with a health distance from others may protect them from getting sick. tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle S E C U R I T Y O F F I C E Crime Prevention Program O 1 If youre traveling 2 If youre out for the evening 3 If youre out shopping close the windows and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk (use caution when placing large packages into the trunk) awareness security personnel if you get separated 4 Shopping safely online social security number, email address, telephone number, or address unless you know who is collecting the informa tion, why and how it will be used 5 If a stranger comes to the door, beware Last but not least, dont let holiday stress get the best of your holiday spirit. Make time to get together with family, friends and neighbors. And think about reaching out in the spirit of the season and helping someone whos less fortunate or lonely.
53, of Heidelberg, Germany, lost her long battle with cancer Sept. 14. Steed was employed by the United States Army for more than 30 chief of the BadennWrttemberg Internal October 2009 Around the District Richard Vesper, lock and dam operator, Mar retired Sept. 30, after dedicating 30 years to the lock and dam operator, James Thomas, ment. Susan Dikeman, Sept. 30, after dedicating 20 years and eight Roger McElroy, lockmaster, Lock and Dam dedicating 25 years and six months and 20 and Melissa Schultz, on the birth of a baby girl, Mikayla Marie, pounds, one ounce and 20 and three-fourths inches long. The 2009 Clock Tower Golf League Season ended nual End of Season Golf Tournament at Highland Springs Golf Course in Rock Island, Ill. During the course of the season, 10 teams competed for the 2009 honors and it ended with a battle between the 1st Half Winners Team 1 (Clint Beckert and Mike Mullinnix) and the 2nd Half up with second place honors. of 12.31 points! Congratulations to all the golfers who participated in the 2009 season, and we look forward to getting back out on the course for the 2010 season! By Jon Warren Congratulations to Sara Paxson, Workforce De for earning her bach elors degree in Elected Studies from St. in business and had two minors, management and organizational leadership.
Tower Times 11 October 2009 By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Chris Haring Project Manager Planning, Programs and Project Management G rowing up in a small community boating. I spent a lot of time on the Apple and After graduating from high school, and graduated with his Bachelor of Sci ence degree in Geology in 1995. Following graduation he began work District (SWCD) as a County Conser a SWCD employee, he worked closely restoration practices. for their land that protected and restored Haring started working for the Corps of ect manager for Planning, Programs and for Section 14 (emergency streambank), Section 206 (ecosystem restoration) and Since he started, he has worked with town background has helped him relate to local landowners and communities when learning about their communities when He is currently the study manager for Time Check Cedar Rapids, Iowa Flood lot of coordinating and working closely Haring. Working in coordination with other many miles and met a lot of great people Term Training Program with the Rock Island District in the fall of 2006 and be gan pursuing his masters degree from the of Manning n Values for Small to Medium Sized Midwest Streams and conducted his pleted the long term training program and May 2007. He is currently seeking a Doc Iowa in Geoscience and hopes to graduate sometime in 2010. playing on the Districts basketball and softball league teams. He recently had (lower leg bone) while trying to turn a time with family, especially his nieces and nephews. Based on his experiences with the re I BUILD STRONG by working with our partners to resolve water related issues.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 O 12th annual Quad-Cities Marathon. of 3 hours 7 minutes and 49 seconds. This year they competed in the Quad City area. Race for the Traveling Trophy Left (from left), Rodney Delp, Corey Delong, Tom Mack and Heather Anderson, members of team Hard Corps run side-by-side down River Drive in Moline, Ill. Below (from left), Corey Delong, Tom Mack, Heather Anderson, Rodney Delp, and Jim Bartek proudly display the Best Finishers Medals rate Division of the Quad-Cities Marathon. Thompson as well as this years competitors. With Corey Delong as the organizer and leader of the team, Cities Marathon. By Susan Yager, Public Affairs Assistant