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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 On the web at: April 2010 Tower Times Contents April 2010 2 Tower Times 3 Asian Carp Issue Creates Challenges but District is Fully Engaged Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 One Step Ahead of Mother Nature 6 Whats Happening in the Water A look inside the Water Quality and Sedimentation Section 9 50 Years of Federal Service 10 Safety Corner: Gardening Health & Safety Tips 14 Around the District 15 Spotlight on the District Corey Hardt On the Cover Clint Beckert (left) and Dave Bierl, Engineering and Construction Division, take late winter water quality readings in Adalusia Slough. (See story about Water Quality Monitoring on page 8) Photo by Hilary Markin, Editor Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 32 No. 7 April 2010 Freshening Up Please send feedback on the Tower Times to mil. An updated design is still in the works and we are still accepting your input on the idea of a name change should it stay or should it go?


April 2010 Tower Times 3 By Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander A Carp and the Corps of Engineers are not in the news cago District is leading the Corps efforts and a lot of our folks are assisting to help control the Asian Carp and stop the prolifera tion of the species. the Lockmaster at Lockport, Rob Germann, Chief of the Lock and Dam Section, Mike Cox, the Chief of the Illinois Waterway term Asian carp refers to four most recently introduced: big water, causing danger to boaters and other water enthusiasts. The issue of the Asian carp became heated when it was real into the Great Lakes. It has been speculated that the presence This threat to the Great Lakes is the focus of many stories in and accusations. I wont address those issues but I can relay that the Corps of Engineers, both the Chicago and Rock Island Dis tricts, as well as agencies like the Illinois Department of Natural are attacking the problem head on. Asian carp issue. The Monitor and Rapid Response Work Group pathways. The Asian Carp Safety Committee focuses on logistics that brings all the actions, issues, committees and participants together. There are many more committees and working groups throughout the different agencies and organizations and District the Asian carp issue has been communicating our efforts to the public. Communication is often a challenge no matter the issue Working with the Chicago District, our District has been ac meetings in February, one in Chicago followed shortly after by one in Michigan. An updated Acoustic Barrier Strategy report was distributed to the public at those meetings. The public meet ing notices are posted on the Chicago District home page. much expertise. pling and monitoring and has been a great help to the Chicago Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch has helped locate and deter issues. It really has been an outstanding team effort. I am sure the Asian carp will continue to be news for much stand point. Thanks for all your hard work and continue Build ing Strong Asian Carp Issue Creates Challenges but District is Fully Engaged


April 2010 4 Tower Times ONE STEP AHE A D O F MO THER NA TURE F In March, rain and higher-than-expected temperatures caused Corps of Engineers to explore the possibility of increasing out of Engineers, and on March 8 the plan was implemented. control for a stage of 26 feet at the S.E. 6th Street gage in Des at the lake is 836 NGVD29 and the top of the spillway is 884 NGVD29. The pneumatic crest gates add an additional 6 feet to Saylorville Lake Op erations Manager, Jeff Rose, discuss es the operation of the spillway and the raising of the pneumatic crest gates with Col. Shawn McGinley, district commander. In the background, Tom Heinold, Des engineer, and Rick Clark, city manger, City of Des Moines, discuss the current lake operations. Photo by Kelli Phil lips, Saylorville Lake. the Bob Shetler Recreation area to watch 19,500 cubic Photo by Kelli Phillips, Saylorville Lake. By Hilary Markin, Editor


March 2010 Tower Times 5 ONE STEP AHE A D O F MO THER NA TURE District Leaders Participate in Des Moines Register LIVE Flood Chat T time on the Des Moines Register website at noon on March 19. The Col. Shawn McGinley, district commander; Lt. Col. Jared Ware, deputy Section; and Ron Fournier, chief, Corporate Communications, responded to leaders felt it helped readers understand the lakes purpose. This is another way to communicate with the public and help them Pictured top left, Jeff Rose, operations manager, Saylorville Lake, par ticipates via teleconference with District leaders, (from left) Col. Shawn McGinley, district commander, Lt. Col. Jared Ware, deputy commander and Jim Stiman, chief, Water Control Section, in the Des Moines Register Live Flood Chat. July 11, 1993. The Corps was prepared to use the pneumatic crest gates for the second time since they were installed after the Flood of 1993. This time, the spillway and the gates were raised as a dryrun measure on March 21. The pneumatic crest gates are the most cost surcharge operations, said S.K. Nanda, chief, Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, Engineering and Construction. Flood Area that includes the watersheds of stretching from southwestern Minnesota to their The lake project was successful in hold ing back the 2010 snowmelt in the Des Moines below 21,000 c.f.s., said Tom Heinold, Des been oper ated correctly, downstream the Birdland which failed The District awarded a construction contract standards on March 24. Construction on the will also begin this summer. The Corps of Engineers continues to work fully operational in 1977, it is estimated that by Saylorville Lake at 875.10 NGVD29 on March 20. Photo taken by Kelli Phil lips, Saylorville Lake.


addition of air conditioning ment. He has seen a lot of years and has enjoyed the work he did and the people he worked with. Following his retirement, he plans to continue playing in the Rock Island Districts he helped start four years Toastmasters. April 2010 6 Tower Times 50 Years of Federal Service N District and Bob Riebe is only the third employee with Throughout Riebes 50 years he has seen many changes. The daily communication. Its not write me a note anymore, its send me an email, said Riebe in regards to the change in communication styles. Island District employees were still here. Mandatory retirement when I came was 70, said Riebe. and paper, to ink on plastic, to computers using Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) software. I started making changes to CADD drawings in 1992 and slowly worked my way into producing designs, said Riebe. Other changes that he has seen throughout Smoking is no longer al lowed in the workplace, to technical positions and employees education higher, women are allowed to wear pants, and its less formal. When Riebe began working in the District common practice to refer to others as sir. He has also seen many changes to the Clock Tower including the building of the annex, By Hilary Markin, Editor area engineer, during the 2008 Public Works temporary levee. Throughout his 50 years with the Corps, Riebe saw technology change the way business is done. Bottom right is one of the drawings Bob Riebe did by hand in 1986 compared to the drawing done by Riebe using Computer Aided Drafting and Design software in 1992. area engineer, inspects the dorf, Iowa, in 2001.


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April 2010 8 Tower Times Whats Happening in the Water Story and Photos by Hilary Markin, Editor S tudying the effects of whats happening in the water lies in the hands of the Water Quality and Sedimentation Sec tion, Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, Engineering and collaboration with other agencies and working with contractors. Program (EMP). The EMP was authorized in Section 1103 of project has been planned but additional information is needed to assist with project design. This information is what helps de made. After the project is constructed, EC-HQ conducts perfor and if additional measures can be taken to get better results. The data collected is analyzed and placed in performance engineers, scientists and program managers. The success of the document. monitoring program that uses contractors to collect suspended sediment samples daily from locations throughout the District, lics models to determine the amount of sediment feeding in to the The section also works closely with the Long Term Research conducts water sampling. They communicate regularly to ensure already collected. EC-HQ also collaborates with the Iowa Depart ment of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau on collecting data progress.


April 2010 Tower Times 9 Left, Dr. Clint Beckert, chief, Water Quality and Sedimentation Section, explains how each one of the probes measures a different component of water quality to Lucie Sawyer, hydraulic engineer. Right, Beckert, pilots the Rock Island Districts airboat. We conducted water sampling in Pool 12 this past winter by the Iowa DNR in backwater areas where a habitat project is planned, said Bierl. samples for dredging projects determining the nature of sediment analysis is performed. The physical components are analyzed by employees in the Geotechnical Branch at the lab in the District tractor for further analysis. Recently, the Water Quality and Sedimentation Section ac This data is all spatially referenced and is combined together to information is used to calibrate hydrology and hydraulics models relationships. electronic in nature. This past summer the District took posses sion of its third airboat to assist EC-HQ with collecting samples in remote areas that are nearly impossible to access any other tributaries in the District. cessing these remote locations. We can also use it year-round and The Water Quality and Sediment Section is an important Goal 2, Corps of Engineers Campaign Plan, Engineering Sus water resource solutions through collaboration with partners and stakeholders. Continue BUILDING STRONG


April 2010 10 Tower Times E er Maintenance Sections attended a week-long training at the Isle Capri Conference Center, Bettendorf, Iowa. This range of pertinent safety topics as well as mandatory training and The purpose of safety training is to make employees more This training brought together nearly 120 people to brush up on their safety skills and knowledge. Local safety experts and professionals spoke to employees about the importance of safety something were to happen. although to some it may sometimes seem that way. We want employees to not get injured. We want them returning home at the end of their work day in as-good-of-condition as they started the day, said Russell. swimming pool at the Isle Capri before allowing participants to gain hands-on experience. work and at home. Brushing Up on Safety aid instructor, American Heart Association, dem onstrates on Ken McClain, Illinois Waterway, how to bandage a laceration to the head. Below, Ron Wunderle (center) practices chest compressions while per forming Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) while fellow co-worker Diane Cox (left) and an American Heart Association instruc tor (right) ensure correct hand placement and depth of compressions. Remember When... Highlights from previous Tower Times editions April 1980 lected as an Honorable Mention Award winner in the 14th annual Program. April 1982 SPEAR, which stands for System for Pay Estimates And Reports, is a computer program designed by the Rock Island District to reduce the time spent preparing the monthly payment ENG Forms 93, 93-A and 2452 used by the Corps of Engineers during a construction project. Herbison Construction Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was awarded a $2,465,676.38 contract on 23 February for construc April 1989 recreation season with three area radio stations showing interest ing Rodeo, Trailering for Women and Bike It. Jerry L. Hahn, EP, was selected for the District Commanders Award for the month of January. April 1990 On March 13, 1990, the contract for stage one of years from authorization to reach this point. On Monday, March 5, 13 tows were waiting to lock through Lock 8:03 a.m. and by Wednesday morning, tows were locking through all the way to Lock and Dam No. 12. Story and Photos by Hilary Markin, Editor


For more information about the United States Holo caust Memorial Museum, Elie Wiesel, and Remem April 2010 Tower Times 11 T he Holocaust Days of Remembrance is being gress established the Days of Remembrance as the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Washington, D.C. The Holocaust was the systematic persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime. The Nazi regime targeted other populations in cluding Roma (Gypsies), Russians, Poles, Communists, disabled. The American Jewish Yearbook placed the Jewish population of Europe at about 9.5 million in 1933. The worlds population was estimated to be 15.3 million. A Jews would be dead. In 1950 the Jewish population of Europe was about 3.5 million. Jewish Culture. In 2001, there were 13.3 million Jews world wide. Remembrance Events: Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Skokie, Ill. The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Reys Journey from France Exhibit Open through June 20, 2010 Exhibit open April 3-June 13, 2010 April 8 and 20 at 7 p.m. I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffer ing and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to March Answer: Powerhouse at Lock port Lock & Dam Winner: Geotechnical Branch


Repeated or unre of normal duty hours, especially unaccom panied Visits to a foreign embassy, consulate, Possessing substan tial sums of money where no logical income source exists Correspondence and unreported contact with persons Joking or bragging about working for foreign intelli To report possible SAEDA please contact any of the follow ing: l-800 CALL SPY (l-800-225-5779) Hotline When reporting a possible incident include the following information: Date, time, location Witness of the incident mation, are subjects to the following penalties: Title 18, United States Code Forfeiture of any property used or obtained in the ac tions Title VIProtection of Certain National Security Infor mation April 2010 12 Tower Times W hen you are approached and asked about your job do you freely open up and share? who else is listening, how is the information going to come from family. Do you freely share while you are in the mall, gas station, church, neighborhood get Most likely there is no harm, but as a Department of Defense (DOD) employee you could be the target of intelligence gathering by contractors, terrorists, or a used to solicit information from you, warning signs whom you should report suspicious incidents. SAEDA includes incidents of attempted or actual rected against the U.S. Army and its personnel. This can cause damage to national security. Infor mation collected (drawings, plans, engineering speci Personnel fatalities or injuries Economic loss to the Gross National Product The following are common methods and tech rorist groups and contractors use to gain critical information or support their cause: munity Threats of personal harm Daily contacts leading into a business or personal rela tionships Misrepresentation of who they are or who they work for Blackmail someone is being targeted, please report them: eign countries computers Knowing Where to Draw the Line


Safety Corner April 2010 Tower Times 13 ardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get beginner or expert gardener, health and safety are important. Below are some tips to help keep you safe and healthy so that you can enjoy the beauty and bounty gardening can bring. Dress to Protect Gear up to protect yourself from lawn and garden chemicals, Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long pants when us ing lawn mowers and other machinery. away, the noise can be potentially harmful to your hearing. certain contaminants. ticks. Use insect repellent containing DEET. You may also want to wear high rubber boots since ticks are usually located close to the ground. Lower your risk for sunburn and skin cancer. Wear long a sun protector factor of 15 or higher. Put Safety First and be aware of hazards to lower your risk for injury. Follow instructions and warning labels on chemicals and Sharpen tools carefully. dren's reach. Watch Out for Heat-related Illness in the sun to lower your risk for heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to replace lost of sugar, espe cially in the heat. These actually cause you to lose Take breaks often. Try to rest in shady areas so that your body's thermostat will working if you experience breathlessness or muscle soreness. Pay attention to signs of heat-related illness, including extremely high body temperature, headache, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea, confusion, or unconsciousness. Watch people who are at higher risk for heat-related ill ness, including infants and children up to four years of age; cise; and people who are physically ill or who take certain medications (i.e. for depression, insomnia, or poor circula tion). Eat healthy foods to help keep you energized. high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and premature death. and that strengthen your muscles. You can burn 150 calories by gardening (standing) for approximately 30-45 minutes. intensity. Health April 2009 G


president, National Water Safety Congress. Each of them were also recognized during Corps Water Safety Medallions to recognize their combined 60 years of presenting water safety programs and patrolling the Missis April 2010 Retirements ... Around the District Congrats ... Don Bardole, natural resources specialist, Natural Resource Management Section, Missis retired March 31, after dedicating 14 years and Congratulations to Leah Deeds Natural Resource Specialist, her husband Lee, on the birth of a baby boy, Caleb Lee, January 22. He was 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 19 inches long. Congratulations to Col. Shawn P. McGinley, district commander, and McGinley, on the birth of a baby boy, Maximilian James, February 21. He was 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, division commander, presents Bob Hoffman a Superior Civilian Service Award for his outstanding performance as the lead engineer for the West Closure Complex of the New Orleans Hur ricane System Damage Reduction and Repair System Project. (Photo by Ricky Boyett, New Orleans District) T he National Water Safety Congress Region 2 selected Don Bardole, Den nis Franks and Eldon Bird of the Rock The recently retired District employees tions to boating and water safety throughout their careers with the Corps of Engineers. Making Waves with Water Safety Top (from left), Ed Adcox and Dennis Franks patrol the Mississippi River. Right, Don Bardole drives while Eldon Bird looks ahead for possible water safety violations.


Tower Times 15 April 2010 Story Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Corey Hardt Emergency Management Specialist E different means. For Corey Hardt, he started his career as a ment for Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill., and part-time for the city of you really couldnt use water you had to use carbon dioxide and other things, said Hardt. lege (ICC), East Peoria, Ill., in Fire Science and gained ride-time experience with the Peoria and Pekin Fire Departments. He also became an Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) through classes at ICC and did rotations at all three Peoria area hospital emergency rooms. It was an eye-opening experience working in the emergency rooms, I pretty much saw it all, said Hardt. ment writing emergency operations plans and projects. Management) contacting all the county emergency manage systems, said Hardt. The information was used for their own purposes but also shared with other agencies. Following graduation Hardt began applying for jobs in the area and was hired by the Rock Island District Emergency Manage ment team as an Emergency Management Specialist. Hardt started with the District in August 2009 and is in charge currently working on the New Madrid Seismic Zone Plan. paring for potential emergencies, said Hardt. We do a lot of outside the box sometimes. modities Team (ice and water). At a Planning and Response Team Exercise, Hardt was a sponge absorbing all the information being presented by senior team members. The exercises helped me gain a better understanding of what Prior to getting hired by the Corps, Hardt was considering going to graduate school to gain his masters degree in Industrial how that came about, Hardt said that when he went to meet with He wanted me to do research on industrial hazards at nuclear energy facilities, said Hardt. It sounded interesting but it took me further from my career goals. So instead, Hardt came to work for the Corps, a decision he has not regretted. He still has plans to obtain his masters degree, but this time in Emergency Management. When not working, Hardt enjoys playing golf and has signed mostly to big cities, and explore the sites and sounds. One of his there, he enjoys playing roulette, pai gow poker, black jack and ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. Corey Hardt, running the computer behind the Baylor Conference Room, Rock Island Arsenal.