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This publication is an authorized 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. Rock Island District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Articles or photo graphic submissions are welcome and should be submitted by the 15th of each month preceding publication. Circulation 1,500. On the web at: October 2010 Tower Times Contents Tower Times Rock Island District, Clock Tower Building P.O. Box 2004 Rock Island, IL 61204-2004 Email: Phone: (309) 794-5729 Commander: Col. Shawn McGinley Deputy Commander: Lt. Col. Jared Ware Chief, Corporate Communications: Ron Fournier Editor: Hilary Markin October 2010 2 Tower Times 3 RINOS mission drawing to a close Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 Closing the books at Rock Island District By Kelly Daugherty, Chief of Resource Management 5 Protecting shoreline on the Iowa River 6 Drawdown underway Lake Red Rock will be down 10 feet to complete repairs 7 Hidden in the depths below A hunt for native mussels for a research project 9 Theyre visits...NOT inspections How far Staff Assistance Visits have come 10 Playin the game Fall dredging operations in the Rock Island District 12 Safety Corner Fire Safety Month 14 Around the District 15 Spotlight on the District Kelly Baerwaldt


A fter nearly two years of hard work, the Rock Island New Orleans Support (RINOS) responsibilities with regard to the multi-billion dollar Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System in the Greater New Orleans area. tricts mission in New Orleans. The RINOS team represents a microcosm of the talent and ingenuity that is so prevalent throughout our District. When this District was needed to help undertake one of the largest civil works projects in history, our people were ready to per form and excel. Since being established in December 2008, the RINOS team has been assisting with four major proj ects in the West Bank and Vicinity of New Orleans. The staff, which had as many as 46 members, has worked on the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, the Western Tie-in, the Eastern Tie-in, and Algiers Canal totaling nearly $1 billion. In support of the HSDRRS mission, the RINOS Districts with more than 340 team members and six contracting specialists, to deliver engineering, real estate, contracting and project management products and services for the four projects. The RINOS regional team delivered 173 design packages, conducted 214 design technical reviews, awarded 12 AE contracts, nine construction contracts, and acquired real estate for 19 contracts. made by those who have been working tirelessly with the Corps efforts in New Orleans. The HSDRRS is not only one of the largest civil works project ever embarked upon, it is quite possibly one of the most important in recent history. Teaming up to help accomplish the HSDRRS regional mission is something in which our District should take great pride in. Although our RINOS mission is drawing to an end, the Corps deadline to complete the HSDRRS by June 2011 still awaits. There is still work to be done and our RINOS team will be part of that effort. In the meantime, I congratulate all those who had a hand in helping execute the four projects on the West Bank and Vicinity of New Orleans. Your contributions have been a shining example of what this District can provide when called upon. Continue BUILDING STRONG The nations largest interior pumping station is well under construction at the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex. Photos courtesy of Gulf Intracoastal Contractors. October 2010 Tower Times 3 A message from.... Colonel Shawn McGinley, District Commander RINOS mission drawing to a close


Closing the books at Rock Island District tracked daily to ensure close-out was a success. So, the growling and worried look on the folks faces in RM is there for a reason. Good communication is required with internal and external customers to ensure everyone is on the same time line. From the and deadlines are distributed, coordinated and communicated. Of course success comes with TEAM effort. Across the District each and obligated, that billing of plant and facility accounts are balancing, and cost transfers are prepared to move those beans. With the great Rock Island Team, it was a complete success at midnight on Sept. 30, 2010. With our usual enthusiasm the RM folks were here till the books all balanced and HQ dismissed us. Oct. 1 we started the game all over again.........YIPPEE! October 2010 4 Tower Times By Kelly Daugherty, chief, Resource Management B alancing your checkbook is a daily activity for most of us ensuring all the bills are paid and there is enough money in the bank to cover all the expenses. So now grow 5,000 times in scope and add in your favorite relatives up and down the Mississippi not to mention that you cant have a balance in your checking account -and you have the Resource Management Every year in the months of August and September the RM crowd becomes a little anxious the bean counters are hard at work counting the beans and ensuring they are in the right pot year the operating expenses for Rock Island District is a projected $27 million, with income for the District around $29 million. So becomes a challenge when you add in our family in the Missis sippi Valley Division. Balancing the books isnt our only challenging activity. RM likes to pile it on. Some of the actions required during the lovely month of September include: 100 percent review of unliquidated obligations, return fund balances to customers, Corps of Engi neers Financial Management System (CEFMS) Data Managers close out, early labor schedule and payroll processing, publishing of daily reports for headquarters (HQ) review, and funding move ments to ensure appropriation cross balancing. This year also brought on the challenge of managing closing appropriations related to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds received. When closing appropriations, we ensured the money was accounted for, obligated and committed before Sept. 30 something that usually does not apply to our normal civil appropriations. Several million dollars were being Good to Great Communication and Collaboration are Essential Presentations Be clear on your message what is the one thing you want your audience to take away from the presentation. Understand your audience who are they, what are their expectations, what issues are they currently facing. Make it a dialogue welcome questions, encourage debate. The more it feels like a conversation, the more engaged the audience will be. Rehearse prepare properly. Spend time rehearsing the way you deliver the content. The more you rehearse the more easily it will come to you. Take your time Relax. Dont rush. You have more time than you think. Speak clearly. Take a deep breath. Find your words. Rock Island District BUILDING STRONG ONE DISCIPLINED TEAM in thought, word, and action meeting our commitments, with and through our partners, by SAYING WHAT WE WILL DO, AND DOING WHAT WE SAY. Tips for PowerPoint Use slides for pictures and handouts for words. Be consistent (and simple) in your use of styles. Use one slide for each theme, point or idea and distil it into the slides title. The old rule of six helps no more than six words per line or six lines per slide. If you use text on a slide, edit it ruthlessly and get some one else to proof read it typos are a big no no. Instead of worrying about font sizes, print out your slide, the size is large enough. If not, make it bigger.


St. Louis, Mo., to conduct the survey. The contractor set up four transect lines in the area of the proposed project. A diver then worked his way on the bottom feeling for mussels along the way. The mussels were brought to the surface and recorded with other pertinent information from the depths below. During the search a total of 31 live mussels were found from nine different species, The mussels were handed over to the DNR who had also a known mussel bed just upstream. The low water conditions proved to be perfect for rescuing stranded mussels and gathering others to be recorded and tagged to further their studies on mussel populations. The Iowa River has the best and most diverse population of mussels in Iowa. Even right here in the city limits of Iowa City, ral Resources. plans for the project restricting the placement of material to avoid the zone where the mussels were found. This information was forwarded to the DNR to issue a Sovereign Lands Construction Permit due to this section of the river being considered a mean dered sovereign river. Once the District receives the permit they will move forward with the project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvest ment Act of 2009. plete allowing protection of the streambank and with no disrup tion to native mussels in the area, said Jordan. October 2010 Tower Times 5 project started a year and a half ago on the Iowa River forward. The project is located in Iowa City, Iowa, on the river not far below Coralville Lake. The city of Iowa City requested the Dis trict to do an emergency streambank project under Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended. The project includes repairing the west bank along Dubuque Street just downstream from the Park Road bridge. This area has been eroding for some time threatening the integrity of the bridge and adjacent utility lines. The District began working on the Planning Design Analysis and completed it in August 2009. They also coordinated and prepared an environmental assessment addressing the impacts associated with the project. During the review process the Iowa Department of Natural Resources requested the Corps to conduct a mussel survey in particularly looking for the state-threatened species pistolgrip and yellow sandshell. After a long, wet spring and summer delaying the mussel sur 9. Joe Jordan, biologist, Economic and Environmental Analysis Branch, coordinated with Coralville Lake and Water Control to cut water releases in order for the mussel survey to take place. He also worked with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to be present for the survey and associated cutback in dan. We started planning this last fall but water conditions kept calling us off. The Corps contracted with Ecological Services, Inc., from Protecting shoreline on the Iowa River By Hilary Markin, Editor Right, Joe Jordan, biologist, Economic and Environmental Analysis Branch, discusses the streambank protection biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Below, Joe Jordan talks with Rebecca Winterringer, Ecological Services, Inc., as she records the mussels found during the mussel survey on the Iowa River. A


Left, the Tainter gates at Lake Red Rock were open 2008. They serve as the controlled spillway for the dam. October 2010 6 Tower Times A fter some of the wettest years on record, the drawdown at The District has been trying for nearly three years to draw down the pool at Lake Red Rock to complete several construction contracts. The process began in 2004 when the District completed an environmental assessment evaluating the impacts associated with the proposed drawdown and replacement of Tainter gate cables. They also looked at the impacts of the periodic inspection and maintenance of the dam. The environmental assessment was done in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act evaluating all of the pos sible impacts to the physical environment; hydrologic resources; natural resources; threatened and endangered species; socioeco nomic resources; historic properties; and hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste. Through this process the District found that the and human environment. Possible impacts were discussed and coordinated with other state and federal agencies, said Wendy Frohlich, biologist, Economics and Environmental Analysis Branch. The drawdown also presented an opportunity to study the impact of a water level reduction on freshwater mussels in Lake Red Rock, in particular the movement (both vertical and horizontal) and mortality. The study was initiated by the Iowa DNR with support from the Corps and Iowa State University. The Tainter gate cables were placed on a 15-year replace snapped. The gates are part of the controlled spillway for the dam and are raised and lowered by the cables during high pool levels to let out excess water. The cables and brackets are sub merged during normal pool levels requiring the drawdown. The drawdown was originally scheduled to take place in 2007 was necessary. Weve tried to drawdown this reservoir before and were stymied by fall rains. Hopefully Mother Nature will help us this time, said John Holt, assistant operations manager, Lake Red Rock. The main focus of the drawdown will be on dam safety con tractual work. In addition to cable replacement, the contractor, Kovilic Construction, will install a bottom seal for a Tainter gate bulkhead, using contract divers. Kovilic will also fabricate and install a 90 ton bulkhead, build a concrete storage platform for same, and do minor concrete work during the base period of this contract. Considerable local coordination has gone into drawdown preparation. The local Sheriff and Emergency Manager are work ing with Corps staff on potential rescue operations for stranded county engineer is prepared for road closures. The Red Rock staff has prepared numerous communication tools to advise the public of potential impacts. The lake will reach the target level of 732 (normal conser vation pool is 742) the beginning of October. The lake remains open to the public but recreationalists are urged to be extremely cautious around the lake. The pool is expected to return to normal in mid-December when the work is complete. Drawdown underway By Hilary Markin, Editor Right, an aerial view of Lake Red Rock showing the dam and control structure.


Hidden in the depths below T o the untrained eye things along the lake shore or in the shallows are usually thought to be rocks. But have you ever taken a closer look? If you do, you might run across something called a mussel, also known to some as clams, and yes there is a difference. cycle while clams do not. All freshwater mussels belong to the mollusk or Unionoida family with nearly 300 species inhabiting freshwater rivers and lakes in North America, 78 of which are found in the Upper Mis indicators of the health of aquatic ecosystems. They are also an important link in the food chain as a source of food for raccoons, muskrats and otters. Their glimmering pearl-like interiors have made them valuable in the cultured pearl and jewelry industry. When the Corps is planning projects along our nations inte rior lakes and rivers, mussel surveys become an important piece of the puzzle. It is estimated that 43 percent of the freshwater mussel species are in danger of extinction. Currently, four mussel species are listed as federally endangered species with another two species considered as candidates. Additionally the states in the basin have a combined thirteen species listed as state endan gered, a number that continues to grow. The challenge becomes weighing the pros and cons relating to these valuable resources hidden from sight in the water below. During a recent mussel hunt at Lake Red Rock for a study being performed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), biologists used three different sampling methods. Divers searched the lake bottom gathering mussels, a dredge apparatus was pulled along the bottom scooping up mussels and a brail was used to catch mussels. The DNR will be studying the effects of the 10-foot drop in pool for a construction project at Lake Red Rock on the mussel population. The mussels located during the hunt were all tagged with electronic tags that will be used to relocate the mussels throughout the study period. The study is one of many the DNR and other agencies are conducting to track mussel populations and the status of their decline. There are also many ongoing projects and studies to reestablish native mussel populations in lakes and rivers. When the Corps is working with sponsors and customers on projects the balancing act of relocating affected populations or changing the design around a known mussel bed can be tricky. The Corps works closely with the stakeholder as well as the DNR and Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure everything is being done to protect these important aquatic creatures. Left, Hugh Howe, co-op student at Lake Red Rock, watches as Andy Fowler, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, hold up the brail after catching a mapleleaf. October 2010 Tower Times 7 By Hilary Markin, Editor Left, mussels pulled from the lake bottom at Lake Red Rock using a mussel Below, a mapleleaf is shown with an electronic tag that will help biologist track its movements dur ing the drawdown.


October 2010 8 Tower Times W hat once started as a small feasibility study for the Time Check Neighborhood along the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to what became a study of the entire Cedar River corridor in the city limits of Cedar Rapids is one step further. In partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids, the District completed the Cedar River, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Flood Risk Management Project Feasibility Report with Integrated Environmental Assessment, Public Review Draft. The scope of the study changed when record high water levels including economic damages, which the City estimates to be an additional $3.3 billion. The draft was published and made available for public review on August 31. The report represents all of the hard work that has gone into this project collecting data, performing economic After the 30-day review period the report will form the basis management project for the City. The Federally Supportable Plan closure structures to protect properties on the east bank of the Cedar River. Draft report available for Districts largest urban study By Hilary Markin, Editor B Stage II, Controlling Works project. The $7.2 million construction project will replace the deteriorated brick and granite facing protecting the concrete structure. The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is scheduled to be complete by December 2011. After eight years of planning and design the Rock Island District awarded the contract to Howard W. Pence, Inc. of Eliza bethtown, Ky., to complete the project. The Controlling Works releases storm water from the Lockport Pool into the Des Plaines River during heavy rain events. The Controlling Works project is part of the $110 million Lockport Rehabilitation project in coordination with the Metro politan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. By Hilary Markin, Editor Ceremonial brick breaking From front to back, Con gresswoman Debbie Halvor son, U.S. Representative, Illinois, 11th District; Ter rence J. OBrien, president, Metropolitan Water Reclama tion District of Greater Chi cago; Mike Pence, Howard W. Pence, Inc.; and Col. Shawn McGinley, commander, Rock Island District, ceremonially break bricks on the Control ling Works at Lockport Lock and Dam.


Clock Tower have improved immensely. It is mostly because of the direction of the Deputy Commander, the commitment of the team members and the cooperation of the In 2002, the White House Communications Agency (which has four branches and sets up for every event where the President is speaking) called the Rock Island District asking if we could send them a copy of our local regulation for Staff Assistance Visits. They had seen it on our website prior to 9/11 but was unable to locate it afterwards (because we had removed it from our site). They stated that our program would work extremely well for their to them we were on the right track and even more so today. The success of the program can be measured, not by what we accomplish during our visits, but by the communication that occurs in between our visits. I used to hear groans when I would call to schedule our SAVs but now its not uncommon to hear come and visit anytime and many times they provide snacks and sometimes October 2010 Tower Times 9 W eve come a long way since the days of Command performed an inspection related to their Area of Expertise. What ended up happening was 1) after the inspection, there were things seemed to be a BIG communication gap! Around 1992, the name was changed from Command Inspections to Staff Assistance Visits (SAVs). But, the same people made up the teams and they still inspected and guess what? Same problems! In 1998, the makeup of the team changed. We started sending people on the SAVs that could actually ASSIST! Today the SAV team, led by the Deputy District Engineer, is made up of representatives from RM (Coordi nator), ACE-IT, CPAC, CT, EE, OD, SL, SO, and ULA. follows a checklist that they developed located in MVR 11-1-3. Field sites receive a copy of the regulation in advance and visits are scheduled at least 30 days prior to the visit. There are no surprises when it comes to what the team is looking for. Some of the areas on the checklists still look like they border on inspections, however, the focus is now on How can we ASSIST in remedying the situa Theyre visitsNOT inspections By Annette Bealer, Resource Management By John Punkiewicz and Leah Deeds, Programs for Individuals with Disabilities Program Managers N ational Disability Employment Awareness Month is observed during the month of October. The theme for 2010 is: Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity INCLUDES Workers With Disabilities. In 1945, Congress put forth an effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment of indi of October each year as National Employ the Physically Handi capped Week. In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individu als with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Month. Facts to ponder: There are many different disabilities, some you can see some you cant. Approximately 54 million Americans are living with a dis ability and like everyone else, each person deserves to be treated with respect. Americans with disabilities have an employment rate far lower than that of Americans without disabilities. As the nations largest employer, individuals with disabilities currently represent just over 5 percent of the nearly 2.5 mil lion people in the federal workforce. There is a difference between a disability and a handicap. A disability is a condition that limits an individuals ability to do something. A handicap is an imposed barrier that restricts an individual. The main thing to remember is to treat a person with a disability like anyone else. National Disability Employment Awareness Month National Disability Employment Awareness Month


October 2010 10 Tower Times Playin the game By Hilary Markin, Editor Left, a hyrdro survey of Hershey Chute in Pool 16 on the Mississippi River shows a potential dredge site with the areas in green being the lowest water levels nearing seven feet under normal water conditions on Aug. 23. At the date of this survey the river was up 3.2 feet. Right, is a survey of the same area three weeks later taken on Sept. 13 showing little or no concern in the navigation channel (blue). The wingdams (in red) forced the water into the channel to self-scour sediment as the water level fell. The river was only up one-half foot A back to normal which has caused a new set of prob lems for the navigation industry. Sand, the same stuff that many of us spend our weekends playing on or in, is the culprit. We see new sandbars forming while others disappear, that is the part visible to us but there is a lot more happening in the depths below. The challenge is keeping up with the sand and where it lands. rapidly which caused the sand to do the same. What the sand doesnt know is where not to drop. Operations Division Technical Support Branch (OD-T) is always busy trying to keep ahead of the channel problems. But without a magic wand these are hard to predict. They rely on his torical data, hydrologic surveys, weather conditions, water levels and the navigation industry to identify potential shoaling areas to develop a dredging schedule. The hydrologic surveys are conducted year round on the Illi nois. On the Mississippi, a reconnaissance survey in early spring sets the baseline for the season with surveys collected through the spring, summer and fall. As of Sept. 6, 174 surveys were conducted covering 198.3 river miles. Fall low water surveys are currently underway with surveys complete in Pools 14 through 22 on the Mississippi River and Starved Rock to LaGrange pools on the Illinois River. The Districts survey boats, M/V Hinds and M/V Holling start upstream and work their way downstream, and then reverse their course. The M/V Coot is the Districts trailer-able survey boat that can quickly respond to areas of concern. The last few years have not followed historical water regimes with high water early in the season and staying late into summer. The District has two mechanical dredge crews on the Missis sippi and one on the Illinois River. They also coordinate with the St. Louis Districts dredge Potter and St. Paul Districts dredges Goetz and Dubuque to keep the navigation channel open using their hydraulic dredges. A contracted hydraulic dredge is also used on the Illinois River to maintain the 9-foot channel. For the last few years Cave Hollow near Hannibal, Mo., has been a favorite spot for the sand to land. Since the 1930s, this area had only been dredged once in 1961 until 2000. Since 2000,


October 2010 Tower Times 11 immediate needs of the channel. A location was selected and the draft environmental assessment will be completed by the end of October. Its a continuous process, stated Nicole Manasco, channel maintenance coordinator, OD-T. We are constantly review ing the surveys, changing dredge plans to meet the needs of the changing river conditions. Looking back through history, the rivers have been an impor tant means of transportation for commodities whether it was by dugout canoe, steamboat, keelboat or present day tows. There are also historic records and accounts of dredging to ensure the water was deep enough for the boats to travel. The 9-foot navigation project was authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act in 1930, charging the Corps to create a safe channel for boats to travel on. To do this, locks and dams were constructed along with various structures to maintain the channel. For more than half a century, the District has worked to main tain the channel and develop innovative and sustainable solutions to meet the needs of all stakeholders and partners. This work supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campaign Plan Goal 2, delivering enduring and essential water resource solutions through collaboration with partners and stake holders. BUILDING STRONG it has been a hotspot with the area being dredged sometimes multiple times in one year. This year Operations Division crews attempted to dredge in both April and June but both times were stopped by high water. We foresaw this area as a problem based on surveys conduct ed earlier in the spring, said Jon Klingman, supervisor, Channel Maintenance Section, OD-T. Twice we had crews dredging here but the rising water forced us to pull off the job. ber it dropped too rapidly for our crews to remove the sediment before closing to navigation, even though mechanical crews were already on site and dredging. In response, OD-T coordinated the use of the dredge Potter and the channel was reopened to naviga tion in approximately 45 hours. the river would be closed for at least a week. Our dispatchers nearly fell out of their chairs. To have the channel back open this fast is truly an amazing response, and we appreciate it, stated David Goin, Bluegrass Marine, during a River Industry Action Committee conference call meeting on Sept. 3. In 2009, the Corps began coordinating a permanent Dredged Material Management Plan for Cave Hollow identifying perma nent dredge material placement sites. They are also coordinat 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecRiver Stage (Feet)Mississippi River at Hannibal, MO 2010 Observed Data Maximum 2010 Observed Normal Flat Pool = 10.0 Feet Flood Stage = 16.0 Feet Dredging Gage Zero : 449.43 feet MSL 1912 Grounding 31Aug (vessel draft 9.5) Closure Sept 1 2 Channel maintenance coordinators use graphs to see the big picture of what is happening to the river stages. The red dotted line shows the maximum stages recorded at Hannibal, Mo. near Cave Hollow. The black line is the riv er stage recorded thus far in 2010. The blue dotted line shows the average or The areas in yellow demonstrate when dredging operations were underway


Safety Corner Fire Safety Month October 2010 12 Tower Times F ires and burns continue to be a major cause of uninten tional injury or death at home. Particularly at risk are the deaths occur in the home with the leading cause being careless smoking. Having a working smoke detector more than doubles below to protect yourself and your family. Smoke Detectors equipped with smoke detectors on every level, particularly outside of sleeping areas. batteries twice a year (during daylight savings time). ize them with the sounds of the alarm(s). Fire Extinguishers are affordable, life-saving equipment for your home. trained and familiar with the proper way to use Flammables sight of children! cigarettes or cigars are extinguished properly before dumping ashes. leave food cooking on stovetops unattended. cookie sheet, or close the oven door. use an evergreen, water it daily. Make sure to inspect stringed lights and window ornaments annually for deterioration. ble containers. sleepwear can make a difference in burn outcomes. Electrical Safety and Heat Sources trician to answer questions or concerns. sure it automatically shuts off when tipped over. Consult the operating instructions to make sure you are using space heaters, If there are young children in the house, make sure space heat ers and hot water heaters are inaccessible. cleaned annually. Escaping a Fire nated meeting place outside. another safety principle that must be ingrained into children's minds. everyone is familiar with how to use an escape ladder if neces sary. two means of escape in the event of means of escape. Ensure they are in proper working order, not painted shut and guards are able to be disen gaged in case escape is necessary. what you might have left behind. easier to remember in case of an emergency. (and, of course, how to dial 911). suffers from smoke inhalation, rush the animal to the vet.


October 2010 Tower Times 13 Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to September Answer: Hwy 14 at Lake Red Rock Winner: John Knoble, Mississippi River Project FY 2010 nally over By Sarah Jones, Emergency Management Specialist O events impacting the Des Moines, Skunk and Mississippi Rivers and other tributaries. Some of these tributaries experienced ervoir; helped to prevent levee overtopping/failure and provided for timely evacuations. The Rock Island District also supplemented Kansas City Districts. Sandbags: 353,700 Rock Island District 900,000 Omaha District 377,000 Kansas City District Poly: 180 rolls Pumps : 16 Crisafullis pumps: 9 12 Crisafullis pumps: 13 8 Diesel pumps: 16 6 Diesel pumps: 18 4 Diesel pumps: 5 4 Gas pumps: 12


David Dean, lock and dam operator, Lock and Dam 13, Mississippi River Project 30, after dedicating 18 years to the federal government. 14 Tower Times October 2010 Retirements ... Around the District Sympathy ... Isabella T. Sally Van Overschelde, 88, of East Moline, Ill., died Sept. 4. Van Over schelde retired from the Corps of Engineers in 1982. Betty Nash, secretary, Maintenance Section, Division, retired Sept. 25, after dedicating 38 years and one month to the federal govern ment. Congrats ... Congratulations to Tyler Hill Natural Resource Specialist, Saylorville Lake, and his wife Christina, on the birth of a baby boy, Caleb Eugene, Sept. 19. He was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 19.5 inches long. The Great Lakes and Ohio Rivers Division Commander, Maj. Gen. John Peabody (left), presented Kelly Baerwaldt Economic and Environmental Analysis Branch (center), with a Commander's Award for Civilian Service on Sept. 8 in Chicago, Ill., for meritorious ser vice as project biologist and monitoring team lead for the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier Project. She was also presented a Division Com mander's coin. Also present was Col. Vincent Quarles (right), commander, Chicago District. Upcoming Events ... Chili Cook-off The 14th Annual Combined Federal Cam paign Chili Cook-off will be Thursday, Oct. 7 on the lawn of the Clock Tower. Blood Drive The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Drive will be Oct. 12 in the ABC Confer ence Room at the Clock Tower. Contact JoAnn Wilgenbusch for more information. Please consider donating blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Saylorville Lake Visitor Center Grand Re-Opening Celebrate the grand re-opening of the Say lorville Lake Visitor Center on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. The center was remodeled over the summer with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds. It features new displays and interactive exhibits plus a new theater room on the lower level.


Tower Times 15 October 2010 Spotlight on the District Kelly Baerwaldt Fisheries Biologist Economic and Environmental Analysis Branch I t started as a traditional Scottish proverb popularized by author Lewis Carol in Alices Adventures in Wonderland. You may be familiar with the imaginative saying When Pigs Fly However, by adding a modern day twist we can actually witness When Fish Fly. stage to battle her arch nemesis-the dreaded Asian Carp. The supporting cast of characters reads like is a Whos Who A-list. The President of the United States, Congress, the Supreme Court, Corps of Engineers District and Division Commanders, Midwest ern state Governors and Attorney Generals. relentless march up the Illinois Waterway towards Chicago, Ill. In this case, the blanket term Asian carp actually refers to four species, two of which are bighead carp and silver carp, which can grow to a length of four feet and weigh 100 pounds. These un welcome visitors are headed towards the Great Lakes, and have one bighead carp was caught in June as little as seven miles from the lake. Silver carp are known for their unusual habit of leaping several feet out of the water as the result of passing motorboats. To keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) rolled up the welcome mat and instead devised a shocking reception Electrical Dispersal Barriers installed in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The Chicago District constructed a system of barriers consisting of two functioning barriers (Barrier I and IIA; IIB is a third to be is about 130 feet wide. The Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier is an array of Direct Cur rent underwater electrodes. When energized, the array produces an one volt/inch. However, an independent study conducted at the Engineer Research and Development Center indicated that higher the capability of operating at higher voltages, but such operation will increase public safety risks. After extensive collaboration with partner agencies and safety testing, the Corps increased the operating parameters of the barrier to a setting of two volts per inch, 15 Hertz frequency and 6.5 milliseconds pulse rate, which is the combination of voltage, frequency and pulse rate research has shown to be effective in deterring both adult and juvenile Asian carp. To keep an eye on our invaders and to effectively assess the threat posed by these pesky invaders, Baerwaldt leads the moni toring team for USACE, part of a larger interagency group called the Asian Carp Monitoring and Rapid Response Work Group. She is the right person on the right seat on the right bus for the contest with her pernicious adversary. She earned a bachelors in Zoology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Biology from Michigan State Univer sity. Her masters degree studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale culminated with a thesis researching Asian carp habitat use and movement in the Lower Illinois River. After an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she had no hesitation in picking her career destination, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She recently graduated form the prestigious Planning As sociates Program, a national program designed to make good planners excellent planners by exposing them to a suite of course curriculum and Corps mission areas throughout the nation. The Planning Associates class gave me a new perspective on my career development, it allowed me to see and understand everything the Corps does and how we run our business, said Baerwaldt. Its the world-class talent that she brings to the job every day that will make it possible for the Corps transformation from Good to Great. Working on a national-level project has enabled the inter agency team to have professional experiences that are more than By George Gitter, Project Management Branch Great Lakes. Photo courtesy of the Chicago District. Continued on page 16.


biking and spending time with her mini-dachshunds and husband Brad. Her husband is a CW2 Chinook Helicopter Pilot for the Iowa National Guard and will be deploying to Iraq in November with the Active Guard Reserve. Her advice is The one thing in life you always have control over is your attitude. Try and have fun with your job. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 Spotlight on the District, Continued monitoring device into an Asian carp. Livonia, Mich., witness the poisoning of a river, or do cuttingedge deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing with a major univer sity? Over the last two years, the Corps has partnered with research ers at the University of Notre Dame to use DNA testing as a surveillance tool to monitor the Asian carp invasion. Environ mental DNA testing, or eDNA, has been used by the Corps and its partner agencies since 2009 for the monitoring program, that Baerwaldt leads for the Corps. methods. With a small sample of water, we are able to test for cant be sure of where the DNA came from. Last summer, the National Geographic Channel arrived on the Illinois Waterway to tape an Asian Carp episode for their popular Monster Fish Flying carp! television show. It was no surprise that one of the stops for host Zeb Hogan was with the Districts telling the story and highlighting the important role USACE plays Clock Tower lobby.