US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, Vol. 2, Issue 3, September 2011
Corps helps build
Flight 93 Memorial
Asset Management – Risk
Recreation at Corps lakes
Shenango Lake thinks outside the box, unique
partnership increases water safety awareness
By Eric Schreckengost, Shenango
Over the 4th of July weekend, Shenango
River Lake continued to step up its water safety
efforts with a unique partnership. Lead Ranger
Richard Egger and Ranger Eric Schreckengost
partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation to increase awareness of both
water and vehicle safety over the busy recre-
A highway message board placed on Route
18 North just before the intersection of Route
258 and 18 displayed the safety messages “Life
Jackets = Safety” and “Seatbelt = Safety.” Lo-
cated a quarter mile from Shenango, this sign
reached approximately 42,000 water safety
contacts during the holiday weekend.
Vehicles on Route 18 North pass by a PennDOT message The message board was setup Wednesday
board promoting water and vehicle safety messages. The
June 29, and continues to run. Shenango River
Shenango Lake staff stepped up its water safety campaign ef-
forts by partnering with PennDOT to ensure safety messages Lake will continue to further its efforts to
were being delivered. (Photo by Richard Egger, Shenango) increase water safety awareness by seeking out
new and unique partnerships.
ALIVE! An artist’s rendition of
the Flight 93 National
Memorial in Shanks-
ville, Pa., graces our
cover. The Corps of
ment for Phase I of the
memorial, which was
completed in time for
Forty-three visitors came for M.J. Kirwan
a dedication ceremony
Visitor Center’s program “Snakes Alive!”
on June 11 to spend up close and personal
on Sept. 10. See pages
time with some slithery friends. (Photos by 12-13 for more photos.
Julie Stone, Kirwan)
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Mosquito Discovery Day
unveils lake’s charms
Bobber’s National Night Out
Birds in Flight rehabilitator Heather Merritt
By Mark Keppler, Loyalhanna
brought owls and hawks to the festivities.
In the photo, above Bobber the Water Safety Dog draws a (Photos by Jason Cote, Shenango)
crowd as Loyalhanna and Conemaugh staffs provide support
to Saltsburg Borough’s “National Night Out” event on Aug. 2. By Dianne Kolodziejski, Mosquito
This nationwide program was introduced in 1984 to height- Mosquito’s “Lakeview Discovery Day” on
en awareness and partnerships in local anti-crime efforts. In July 23 at the Lakeview Recreation Area was
2010, the program involved 37 million people in all 50 states, a day full of discovery, activities and educa-
U.S. territories and on military installations. The project staff tional programs.
provided rescue throw bag instruction along with water safety Corps employees held a ribbon-cutting
material to families and residents of the borough. ceremony for the grand opening of the new
The Corps’ presence added to the spirit of community fishing pier, which was covered by a local
camaraderie. The event included free food, games, contests, television station (Day of Discovery: Explor-
raffles and a family movie on the canal. ing Mosquito Lake Park). Visitors enjoyed
boating and water safety activities--despite the
Birds in Flight rehabilitator Heather Mer-
ritt’s owls and hawks were well received and
information stations manned by attending
agencies included Trumbull County Metro
Parks, Trumbull County Soil and Water Con-
servation Service, Mosquito State Park, Ohio
Division of Watercraft and the Coast Guard
Mosquito Lake volunteers offered birding
information and a close-up view from a spot-
ting scope of purple martins who put on an
exciting aerial show.
Groups improve East Branch fishing Of course, cameo appearances from Bob-
ber the Water Safety Dog were extremely
On June 4, East Branch Park Rangers Art Myers and
Kahla Yetzer, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commis-
popular and the last event of the day was an
sion, East Branch Habitat Group, and Johnsonburg Boy interpretive walk on the nature trail.
Scouts constructed 20 porcupine crib fish habitats to be Support from the District Office, Michael
placed in East Branch Lake to enhance fishing opportuni- J. Kirwan Dam, Berlin Lake, and Shenango
ties. (Photo by Gary Froelich, East Branch) Lake was a key component to the day’s success.
and Tygart Lake
prepare for the
the Hooked on
Fishing event at
Tygart Lake State
how a life jacket
Tygart Lake park rangers emphasize
water safety throughout Grafton
Story and photos by April Hawkey and Christina Fox, giveaways. The event was a success with nearly 130
Tygart people in attendance.
On May 30, Tygart Lake staff members participated
in the 144th annual Memorial Day Parade celebration Students learn about lifejackets
in Grafton, W.Va. Park Rangers April Hawkey and Tygart Lake park rangers visited with Anna Jarvis’s
Christina Fox distributed Safe Passage activity books 2nd grade students at Tygart Lake State Park on
to approximately 1,800 spectators. Bobber, the Water June 3.
Safety Dog was also featured riding in the park ranger Nearly 125 students learned about the importance
vehicle decorated with water safety banners. of the proper use of life jackets by participating in a
water safety program. Each child tried on a life jacket
Hooked On Fish to demonstrate proper fit.
On June 11, Fox and Hawkey took part in the Safe boating techniques such as water rescue were
special event, “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” at also thoroughly covered. Each participant was pro-
Tygart Lake State Park. Bobber the Water Safety Dog vided with a goody bag to help them remember water
made a special appearance to help promote the Corps’ safety throughout the summer.
water safety mes-
sage. Parents and
hands on participa-
tion and were edu-
cated on choosing
and fitting the best
life jacket for their
tried on various
styles of life jackets
and received water
safety materials and
Catch of the Day! 26-pounder snagged at Conemaugh
Story and photo by Mark Keppler, Conemuagh
A triploid grass carp, or white amur (Ctenopharyngodon
idella, pictured at left), was caught this summer at Conem-
augh River Lake.
The fish is a member of the minnow family native to the
lower Amur River, which flows through Siberia and China.
Worldwide, grass carp have been introduced into more
than 20 countries to control vegetation in waterways. This
is the first record of one being caught at Conemaugh River
A custom made carp bait was used to snag the fish,
which weighed in at 26 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 41 inch-
es long. After measurement, the fish was released. The larg-
est one caught in the state, according to PA Fish and Boat
This is the first record of a grass carp caught at Conemaugh Lake. The
Commission documents, was approximately 54 pounds.
fish are introduced into waterways to control vegetation.
Kinzua, locals ‘take out the trash’ during reservoir clean up
Story and photos by Steve Lauser, Bank, Wal-Mart, Allegheny Outfit- shoreline miles in search of trash
Kinzua ters, Warren Young Professionals, and debris.
Corps of Engineers staff part- and Warren County Probation. One 10-cubic-yard dumpster was
nered with several other local enti- Kinzua team members Rodney filled to capacity, and several large
ties to conduct the annual Allegh- Daum, resource manager, and items– including two floating docks
eny Reservoir Cleanup on June 11. Steve Lauser, park ranger, also – were collected and transported
Primary agency partners providing provided a project boat for trans- for appropriate disposal.
litter pickup crews and transport/ port and trash collection to the The event was deemed a great
pickup boats included the U.S. For- centralized disposal site at Roper success by all participants. Popular
est Service, PA Fish and Boat Com- Hollow Boat Launch. A total of 63 sites along Allegheny Reservoir
mission, PNC, Northwest Savings volunteers walked more than 25 were cleaned up, promoting good
environmental stewardship, and
enhancing the quality of future
visitor’s outdoor experiences.
The Corps of Engineers, several local agen-
cies and volunteers took part in the Allegh-
eny Reservoir clean up in June to promote
environmental stewardship. Sixty-three vol-
unteers participated by clearing the shore-
line of enough debris to fill the 10-cubic-yard
Mahoning muskies make magnificent memories
Warm weather increases trophy
fish catch at local Corps lake
Story and photo by Grover Pegg, Mahoning
In mid July at Mahoning Creek Lake the weather
was hot, but so were the muskies.
Some anglers say the warm weather makes the fish
strike, while others say that when the surface water
temperature reaches 79 degrees, the muskies go on a
Whatever the case, at least five muskies were caught
and released, and one was kept for display. A 43-inch muskie was caught at Mahoning Creek Lake in July.
Several avid anglers hit the water at 5 a.m. to spe- This angler said it will be mounted on his wall. He said he
wanted to release the fish, but for whatever reason, the muskie
cifically target the robust muskie. didn’t survive capture.
Thank-a-Vet bike run honors veterans at Kinzua
Clockwise from top left: Shawn Castro
(center), Kinzua, and District Engineer
Col. William Graham present Warren
County Veterans Program Director Ed
Burris with a check for $12,900, which
was raised as part of a Hometown
Heroes charity motorcycle dice run that
Castro organized. Hundreds of bikers
participated in the Thank-A-Vet Dice Run
which crossed Kinzua Dam on July 24.
Castro (left) assembles a motorcycle on
stage, which was later raffled. Nearly
4,000 tickets were sold. Festivities sup-
porting the cause included a country
music concert and rib fest, which raised
more than $12,000 for local veterans.
(Photos courtesy of Shawn Castro,
Corps, Donora partner for sewer project
Story and photo by Scott Frechione, PAO
On June 20, District Engineer Col. William Graham
met with Congressman Mark Critz and representatives
from the Borough of Donora for a Project Partnership
Agreement ceremony at the Donora Municipal Build-
The Donora Place Plan Sewer Extension Project,
consists of 27,400 linear feet of new sewer line for
the Borough of Donora in Washington County. The
estimated cost is $2.9 million. The Corps is providing
$89,000 of Section 313, South Central Pennsylvania
Environmental Improvement Program funding to sup-
Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey (left), Congressman
port the design of the project. Mark Critz (second from left), and District Engineer Col. William
The Borough of Donora currently has no sanitary Graham look on as Donora Mayor John “Chummy” Lignelli signs the
Project Partnership Agreement. (Photo by Scott Frechione, PAO)
sewerage facilities. This project, which is already
underway, will eliminate the discharge of untreated or
partially treated sewage and will improve groundwater Karen Auer, district executive liaison, and Marie Mc-
and surface water quality. In addition to addressing the Cullough, project manager. Though the Corps only
public health and safety concerns, the project is ex- provided three percent of the funding for this project,
pected to encourage development in Donora, where in Col. Graham stressed the importance of the partner-
the past the lack of sewerage facilities prevented it. ship between the district, Washington County, the
Also representing the Corps at the meeting was Borough of Donora, and Congressman Critz.
Flashback photo: 1987 visitor assistance course
First Row: George Turak, Bob Oslick,
Rene Berberich, Kelly Martin Hardinger,
Karen Estock, Melissa Salsgiver, Pete
O’Connell, Roger Dalo, Dennis Millin.
Second Row: Bill Wilson, Amy Keitzer-
Wallace, Dianne Kolodziejski, Nancy
Mullen, Susie Toman, Dennis Probst,
Rick Miller, Pat Monheim, Parks Swartz-
fager, Jeff Cornelius, Mike Bradley.
Third row: Art Myers, Jimmy Shusko,
Mark Glass, Herb Allen, maybe Chuck
Brudowsky, John Derby, (unknown),
maybe Doug Krider, probably Rod
Daum, (unknown), Mike Estock, Tim Noss.
Many thanks to Pete O’Connell, re-
tired Northern Area Supervisor, who
submitted this picture from a 1987
visitor assistance course. Thanks also
go to Bob John, Natural Resource
Management Branch, and Pat Kline,
Mahoning, who helped identify most
of the individuals.
West Point grad, Carnegie Mellon LDP visits
student interns with Corps Flight 93 Memorial
sionally with the Corps of Engi-
neers as a way to prepare for her
future after graduate school.
“I don’t know if I’m crazy or if
I’m motivated, or whatever, but I
needed to rebalance my work life…
I thought it was the most beneficial
way to spend the summer,” said
Schroeder, who believes there’s a
Photo courtesy of LDP 2011
good chance she’ll be deployed to
Afghanistan sometime after her By Ashley Petraglia, BR-E
By Scott Frechione, PAO graduation. The leadership development
Capt. Laura Schroeder is neither After completing her spring program is an excellent opportunity
the typical graduate student nor the semester with a short break, Schro- for district employees to learn fun-
typical Army officer working with eder began working at the district damental skills that will assist in
the Army Corps of Engineers. office in June. She did several rota- career development and becoming
“I’m not in some sort of official tions in the Engineering Construc- a leader within the organization.
type of position as most people tion – Techncial Services Division, In addition to receiving training
seem to think,” said Schroeder, a visited many district projects, and on leadership and self and team
10-year Army veteran and West most recently learned about pro- development, students are exposed
Point grad. “My assignment with gram and project management and to a variety of Pittsburgh District
the Army right now is to be a stu- the Business Resource Division. programs. This year’s curriculum
dent,” she said. This “buffet” type of internship, included an educational visit to
Schroeder is part of the Army’s she said, has given her an under- Youghiogheny Lake and the Flight
Advanced Civil Schooling pro- standing of how the individual 93 National Memorial.
gram, which pays for her to attend branches and sections work to In the photo above, National
graduate school. make a Corps of Engineers district Park Service Superintendent Keith
She is studying civil and envi- whole. Newlin is pictured with the LDP
ronmental engineering at Carnegie It will also add to the experi- Class of 2011. The picture was
Mellon University and started cence she gained as a geospatial in- taken along the memorial walkway
working as an intern with the formation instructor at the National leading to the the white marble
district earlier this summer. How- Geospatial Intelligence Agency, wall inscribed with the names of
ever, she was not required to do an in staff/command positions with the 40 passengers and crew mem-
internship to earn her degree or as active duty engineer units, and bers who died aboard Flight 93.
part of the Army program. during her one-year deployment to In the background is the Sacred
“When I found out there was a Ramadi, Iraq in 2004-2005. Ground that still contains remains
district office for the Corps so close Schroeder, a Baltimore-area na- from the crash. The memorial of-
to CMU, I saw it as an opportunity tive, said she will finish her intern- ficially opened to the public the
to reduce my learning curve. I con- ship with the district at the end of weekend of September 11, 2011.
tacted Col. Graham about possibly July, go back into student mode and Newlin, who is in charge of all
coming in this summer and intern- graduate from CMU in December. of the national parks in western
ing with the Corps of Engineers,” In return for the advanced Pennsylvania, described the coordi-
said Schroeder. degree, she’s required to serve ap- nation and leadership skills needed
While she could have been proximately four years in the Army. for overseeing construction of a
lounging around this summer, But for now, she said, she is simply sensitive project like the Flight 93
Schroeder decided to work profes- trying to learn as much as she can. memorial.
During his Ride
with the 40 trip,
and Erich Bay
hold a Flight 93
tive flag. Bay’s
wife, Lorraine G.
Bay, was a flight
attendent on the
courtesy of Bryan
Project manager ‘Rides with the 40’
By Dan Jones, PAO the “Ride with the 40” and the the National Park Service and the
As Phase 1 of the Flight 93 patches he had made to raise funds. Flight 93 Advisory committee that
Memorial nears completion, Corps He invited Ciccocioppo and Hil- the Corps of Engineers team has a
of Engineers Construction Man- legas to join the ride. dedication to the project beyond a
ager Bryan Ciccocioppo thought he “It was good, because it made business standpoint,” he said. “It
would take some time off. me feel like a part of the team is not possible to spend a year and
Instead of taking a vacation, he accomplishing this mission,” said half working on something like
was invited to “Ride with the 40” Ciccocioppo. “I know we had a this without it becoming something
from San Francisco to Shanksville, big part in the construction. But more.”
Pa. to honor the heroes of Flight being invited to their meeting and Their journey, which began Aug.
93. then on the ride was more than just 29 at the San Francisco Internation-
According to Ciccocioppo, the ‘business as usual’ to me, it was an al Airport, included five core riders
families of Flight 93 asked him to honor.” who were being joined by hundreds
take part in the 10-day motorcycle The purpose of the 10th anniver- of other riders throughout the trip.
ride across the country. sary ride is to raise $250,000 for “Spending time at the memorial
Ciccocioppo and Sara Hillegas, the Flight 93 National Memorial reminds you of how ephemeral our
who make up the Corps’ Flight 93 and to bring the Flight 93 National existence can be. You have to take
Construction Management Team, Memorial to Americans who are chances and have adventures while
were invited to the Flight 93 Ad- unable to visit Shanksville. you can,” he said. “I also want to
visory Commission meeting and “If I can help raise funds - that see more of my country, and I think
were recognized for their dedica- would be good too, but I want more that seeing it on a 100-cubic inch
tion to the project. At the meeting, people to come out and see what V-twin Victory Vegas would be a
Ken Nacke, brother of Flight 93 we built and hopefully get some- great way of accomplishing that
passenger Louis Nacke, discussed thing out of it. I also want to show goal...unless it rains a lot.”
LRP to reach back, support Afghanistan mission
North, Afghanistan National Police (ANP) Project Manage-
ment and Engineering teams.
The visit will include face to face meetings with
staffs from United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A),
Joint Program Integration Office (JPIO), and the primary
customer, Combined Security Transition Command - Af-
ghanistan (CSTC-A), site visits and Section 886 contracting
briefings. This visit is an essential step in facilitating effec-
tive and successful reach back of engineering and contract-
ing services that the Pittsburgh and fellow Lakes and Rivers
Division districts can provide to support the USACE ANP
The multi-disciplined reach back engineer team includes Pittsburgh
District staff, Afghanistan Engineering District North staff (including
Afghanistan National Police project mangers), engineering lead ar- Kevin Logan (right)
chitects and a bid package manager. First Row: James Elliott, Gwen- and Marc Glowcz-
dolyn Hannam, Marc Glowczewski, Kevin Logan, Mona Waldeck, eski (left) make a
and Lance Faerber. Second row: Matt Bird, Robert Douglas, Karlene site visit with Tim
Bodnar, Tim Shea, and Drew Lange. (Photos courtesy of Mark Jones, Shea, TAN ANP
Engineering) Program Deputy.
By Mark Jones, Engineering
The Pittsburgh District sent a multi-disciplined team to
Kabul, Afghanistan to begin coordinating the district’s sup-
port of the Corps’ construction and engineering efforts in
Pittsburgh’s Kevin Logan, Program Management, and
Marc Glowczewski, Civil Design, will be in Kabul and
Jalalabad for a week to meet with the Afghanistan District
Microburst downs eight power poles at Kirwan
A microburst, a severe storm with winds over 70 mph,
struck at M.J. Kirwan Dam & Reservoir on July 19.
Eight power poles snapped or blew over on the embank-
ment of the dam.
A microburst is a small downburst with an outflow
less than 2½ miles (4 kilometers) in horizontal diameter
and lasts two to five minutes. Despite their small size,
micro bursts can produce destructive winds up to 168
mph (270 km/h). Also, they create hazardous conditions
for pilots and have been responsible for several disasters.
(Photos by Julie Stone, MJ Kirwan)
(Microburst graphic and description courtesy of National Weather
District supports disaster Scouts, volunteers improve
relief, clean up efforts fish habitat at Tionesta
Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South
Atlantic Division Commander, meets with Michael F. Byrne, Federal
Emergency Management Agency, about on-going recovery opera-
tions following tornadoes that struck Central Alabama on April 27. Above: Vertical plank fish habitat structures built and constructed by
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jeffrey Henon) volunteers and Cub Scout Pack 82 in June await transport and place-
ment in the lake. Below: A Bobcat loads a fish habitat onto a boat.
By Scott Frechione, PAO Story and photos by Jason Quinn, Tionesta
Many employees from the Pittsburgh district de- On June 17, Tionesta Lake Park Rangers Jason
ployed to Alabama and Missouri amid some of the Bowers and Jason Quinn, the PA Fish and Boat Com-
nation’s most devasting natural disasters this year. mission and volunteers from Cub Scout Pack 82
The Corps teamed with the Federal Emergency Man- constructed and installed 20 vertical plank fish habitat
agement Agency (FEMA) to help with flooding and structures to enhance fishing opportunities at Tionesta
tornados, which affected millions of people. Lake. Donated Christmas trees from Tionesta resi-
Each FEMA deployment lasts for 30 days, though dents, Wal-Mart (Warrren, Pa.), and from the Tionesta
employees can elect to have the deployment extended. Lighthouse Island were used to supplement the plank
Waterways Inspector George Brkovich, Lock and structures.
Dam Operator Timothy Jones, and Park Ranger Kevin Additional fishing habitats were created in May
Nogroski deployed to Alabama in May (see story page with trees and concrete block donated by Kline Broth-
15). They helped with the debris management mission, ers Masonry Contractors, Tionesta. The locations of
which includes separating debris piles and operating in these and previously placed fish habitat structures can
debris clean up and disposal. be found by searching the PA Fish and Boat Commis-
Shaun Eshelman, district maintenance mechanic, sion Website.
deployed to Birmingham in May to help with hauling
and installing temporary housing units for locals who
lost their homes during the severe storms.
T.J. Fichera, emergency management chief, also
deployed in May to serve as an Emergency Support
Functions Coordinator in Alabama.
District members supported FEMA in the Jop-
lin, Mo., area as well. Maintenance Worker William
Lynch, Derrickboat Operator Mark Sporrer, and Dis-
trict Welder Benedict Heisel deployed in June to help
support the debris clean up mission.
In total the district deployed approximately 30 em-
ployees during the disasters.
Photo essay by
Dan Jones*, PAO
A worker at the Flight 93 National Memorial clears water from underneath the visitor’s shelter, the walls of
which are constructed of concrete formed to look like hand-hewn hemlock. Inset: Wood grain is evident on
Above: Flags and
other tribute items
are left at the site
Left: Visitors have
been drawn to the
site long before the
Construction Manager Bryan Ciccocioppo construction of the
(foreground) inspects the placement of con- permanent memo-
crete formwork and rebar for walkways at the rial began in March
Construction Manager Bryan Ciccocioppo holds a
sample of the marble that was considered for use
along the flight path wall. The wall will be inscribed
with Flight 93 passengers and crew names.
Above: The plaza where
visitors can look out
upon the Sacred Ground
is surrounded by a
“moat.” The walls be-
neath it are also formed
to resemble hand-hewn
Manager Sara Hillegas
gives Pittsburgh District
Engineer Col. William
Graham a tour and up-
date on construction at
the memorial in August
2010. The rebar shown to
their right, is the support
structure for the flight
Above: Flight 93 passenger and
crew family members have their
own parking lot and path, which
leads from the lot to the Flight
Path Wall. (*Photo by Bryan Cic-
Right: A team of workers pour
and finish concrete on a walkway.
Kirwan hosts 2nd annual Water Safety Bonanza
Story and photos by Julie Stone, Kirwan
Michael J. Kirwan Dam held its 2nd Annual
Water Safety Bonanza June 25 at the West Branch
State Park Swim Beach. In spite of cooler temper-
atures and cloudy skies, 215 participants enjoyed
games, activities, kayaking, jet ski and pontoon
rides, and demonstrations by the Portage County
Dive Team and the Lake Milton K-9 Search and
Rescue Dog Team.
Clockwise from top left: Lake
Milton State Park K-9 Officer
Chuck Stoudt demonstrates
his dog, Rico, responding to
a violent offender. Bobber the
Water Safety Dog was a big
attraction for small children
at the event. A Kent State
University Adventure Recre-
ation kayak instructor gives
directions and water safety
information to kayakers at the
swim beach during the event.
From left to right, Kirwan Re-
source Manager Doug Krider,
Northern Area Manager Pete
O’Connell and his wife Mary
Lou, and West Branch State
Park Manager John Wilder,
were on hand to lend support
to the water safety event.
Brkovich deploys for
FEMA disaster mission
By Scott Frechione, PAO
District Waterways Inspector George Brkovich
deployed to Alabama from May 21-June 19 to help
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ debris clearance
and removal mission with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) during the spring
2011 tornado season.
The Corps of Engineers often works with FEMA
during times of natural and man-made disasters.
Employees receive taskers from FEMA directing Rangers test boater smarts
the Corps on which counties/municipalities request during ‘Wear It! West Branch’
Brkovich first arrived in Birmingham at FEMA’s Berlin Lake Park Ranger Kat Fatula (above) assisted
Recovery Field Office. It was there that he and rangers at Michael J. Kirwan Dam with “Wear It! West
other Corps employees received their gear, such as Branch” boater education Aug. 7. Armed with give-
uniforms and cell phones that would be used during aways, Corps rangers approached boaters on the lake,
their deployment. asked basic boating questions, and gave out prizes for
Tuscaloosa, the site where Brkovich was as- correct answers. Boat-
signed, had approximately forty deaths. Tornadoes ers enjoyed the activity
caused damags in an 80-mile long by one-mile wide and prizes and learned
are, both in and around the city, according to Brkov- a few things too!
ich. (Photos by Julie Stone,
While in Tuscaloosa, he served as a Quality As- Kirwan)
surance Inspector who supervised contractors and
ensured FEMA’s rules were being followed con-
cerning debris cleanup.
USACE’s debris management mission within
Alabama included the disposal of an estimated 3.5 Purple Martins find new home,
thrive at Crooked Creek
of debris. Purple martins nested
at Crooked Creek Lake
“De- this summer. Employ-
bris goes ees at the project have
managed a purple martin
to certain program for several
landfills for years, and this was the
first successful roost.
environ- The nestlings, before
mental pur- they had feathers, were
banded by Ken Monday.
poses, and (Photos by Marjorie Van
it’s up to us Houses in Tuscaloosa, Ala., were destroyed Tassel)
to oversee by tornadoes in the region. (Photo by George
the federal money being spent on the project,” said
Brkovich. “We are FEMA’s eyes and ears as to what
is going on in the field.”
Corps helps Trumbull’s ‘Summer Sizzle’
Air Force trains at
By Emily Potter, Youghiogheny
The 911th Operations Group,
Pittsburgh, brought more than 130
Airmen to Youghiogheny River
Lake’s Mill Run Campground on
Aug. 12-14 for combat survival
“The Air Force Reserve unit
wanted to have a combat survival
training program that was more
realistic to prepare their troops for
deployment,” said Youghiogheny
Resource Manager Brian Luprek.
After reviewing several sites,
the unit’s leaders and Luprek
decided to use Mill Run, because it
Story and photo by Joe DeLucia, decorating contest. had the ideal terrain, isolation, and
The Trumbull County Summer In addition to the information infrastructure required for their
Sizzle Family Fun Day was held booth provided by the Army Corps, exercises. The campground also
on Aug. 6 at the Trumbull County there was a farmers’ market, plant has low occupancy rates in the
Agriculture and Family Education sale, and tours of the Ohio State late summer due to the lake draw
Center in Cortland, Ohio. Extension/Master Gardeners’ Re- down, which leaves the beach and
“Summer Sizzle” is a family search and Demonstration Garden boat ramp out of the water.
event highlighting water safety, and the recently finished children’s Throughout the weekend,
garden, Sun Place Special. Airmen completed training in
agriculture, horticulture, silvi-
navigation principles, movement
culture, conservation, fishing, Summer Sizzle was presented
techniques, escape and evasion,
gardening and outdoor activities. by the Trumbull County Tourism signaling/flaring/operation of
Mosquito Creek Lake Rangers Tom Bureau, Cortland Banks, Trumbull distress marker lights, and first aid
McAfoose and Marilyn Hahn, and County Office of Elderly Affairs, treatment in the field.
Economist Joe DeLucia of the Plan Farm Service Agency, Federation “The training worked out well
Formulation and Economic Section of Trumbull County Sportsman and we hope to be able to support
provided an information booth on Clubs, Trout Unlimited, the Ohio our troops with additional training
Army Corps of Engineers programs State University’s local Extension opportunities when public use of
including water safety, local flood Office, Trumbull County Farm our facilities is low,” said Luprek.
damage reduction, stream bank Bureau, Trumbull County Food and (Read more at http://bit.ly/r3Cvqb)
protection, aquatic ecosystem res- Agriculture Committee, Trumbull
toration and other Corps’ programs County Antique Tractor Associa-
at the event. tion, 4-H clubs, Trumbull County
This free, one-day event featured Master Gardeners, Northeast Ohio
activities and games for the entire Christmas Tree Growers, Grace
family, including a kids’ fish- Fellowship Church, City of Cort-
ing derby, BB gun shoot, archery land, Trumbull County MetroParks,
shoot, trail walks, hay wagon rides, Cortland Rotary, Trumbull County
cornhole toss, disc golf toss, pet- Commissioners, and the Trum- Members of the 911th Operations Group
practice land navigation skills at Mill
ting zoo, children’s “Make It and bull Soil and Water Conservation Run Campground at Youghiogheny Riv-
Take It” crafts, and a scarecrow District. er Lake in August. (U.S. Air Force photo
by Senior Airman Jonathan Hehnly)
Decolati umps veterans’ wheelchair games
have some differences. An umpire usu-
ally watches the base and listens for the
“pop” of the ball in a player’s glove.
With wheelchair softball, umpires can’t
rely on sound and have to watch the
player’s wheel as it touches the base.
Decolati began umpiring at 13 as a
summer job to make some extra money.
During college, he ran a softball league
at Bethany College, W.Va.
“As the years went on I got more
involved,” he said. “What started as a
teen job is now an enjoyable hobby that
permits me to work with all age groups
and get exercise at the same time.”
He added staying cool under pressure
and remembering you are only as good
as your last call are the keys to being a
successful umpire. Besides umpiring,
The Pittsburgh Convention Center was chosen as the softball venue for the National Veterans
Wheelchair Games. John Decolati, served as umpire during the competition.
Decolati also referees football through-
out western Pennsylvania.
Story and photos by Dan Jones, PAO there.” “I wouldn’t be here without the men-
As Pittsburgh hosted the 31st Organized wheelchair softball began toring and training I have received from
National Veterans Wheelchair Games, in South Dakota in the mid-1970s and some of the other ASA umpires such as
many people volunteered their time to the National Wheelchair Softball Asso- Bill Connelly who passed away in 2010,
help make the games a success. ciation was founded in 1976. Although it after a lengthy battle with cancer.”
For some, it was manning the souve- has been around for more than 40 years, One of the biggest differences
nir booth or registering the athletes, but wheelchair softball has only been a part between ASA softball and the Veterans
for one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Veteran’s Wheelchair Games Wheelchair Olympic softball is the
employee, these games provided an op- since 1997. interaction with the players.
portunity to use skills that few have. Decolati umpired in five qualifying “In rec leagues you don’t really get to
John Decolati, an accountant with the games and based on his performance interact with the players, you show up,
Pittsburgh District’s Resource Manage- was asked to be the first-base umpire for do the game and then leave,” he said.
ment office, used his skills as an Ama- the bronze medal game. He had the chance to interact with
teur Softball Association (ASA) Umpire Wheelchair softball is similar to many of the players, after being invited
to help with the Wheelchair Games. recreation league softball, but it does to the closing ceremonies by another
“I just wanted to give back,” said umpire.
Decolati, who has been umpiring for 37 “I got to interact with the
years. “My dad was a Navy veteran and athletes,” he said. “I talked with
I wanted to give them my time.” some of the players who made an
After submitting his umpires resume, impact on me. One of the players
the Glassport, Pa., native was asked to gave me a jersey with the num-
umpire for the games. Although being ber ‘2,’ this was in honor of the
new to the Veteran’s Wheelchair Games, second time I umpired wheelchair
he had umpired a wheelchair softball softball.”
exhibition game played in Pittsburgh in At the conclusion of the
2006 as part of the Major League Base- games, Decolati was asked to
ball All-Star Fan fest. consider umpiring in the games in
“Just watching these athletes was Richmond, Va., next year.
very emotional for me,” he said. “When “I am thinking about doing
you see someone in a wheelchair, you it again next year.” He added. “I
Decolati calls a play during a softball game during
think about the disabilities, but after got more out of this then I ever
the National Wheelchair Games at the Pittsburgh
one inning I realized the abilities were Convention Center. anticipated.”
Col. Margaret W. Burcham
received command of the Great
Lakes and Ohio River Division of
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
during a formal ceremony Sept. 19.
Burcham, a 1982 West Point
graduate faces no small task. The
division has 4,800 employees
working in seven engineer districts.
It is charged with directing federal
water resource development in the
Former Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Chris Mosebach led Shenango River Lake visitors
Great Lakes and Ohio River basins on a Coonie Trail nature walk in August.
with infrastructure valued at more
than $80 billion. Mosebach walk explains legends, lore,
The annual budget is more than love of Pennsylvania woods
$2 billion for hydropower plants,
dams, flood rehabilitation and Story and photo by Cory Hoffman, detail about the process of making
water conservation. In addition, the Shenango bread from flour produced by its
division is responsible for military On Aug. 13, nearly 30 Shenango acorns. Mosebach also explained
construction in Ohio, Kentucky, River Lake visitors joined former the importance of the Tulip poplar,
Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Corps ranger Chris Mosebach for a tree Native Americans would
Burcham, who served most what he said was “an easy 45 min- have used to craft a canoe to float
recently as the Chief of the Joint ute walk to learn about the legends, the river.
Capabilities Division of the Re- lore, and love of Pennsylvania What many visitors found very
sources, Assessments and Force woodlands” along the Coonie Trail. interesting was his telling of how
Management Directorate, is the When he retired from the Corps, the Norway spruce, a non-native
eighth commander of the Great Mosebach was the resource manag- conifer species, made its way into
Lakes and Ohio River Division and er at Kinzua Dam, but had worked Pennsylvania.
the first permanent female com- at Shenango with the project’s first He explained that travelling
mander. Park Ranger, Francis “Coonie” salesmen who came through Penn-
She replaces Maj. Gen. John Lamphear, the trail’s namesake. sylvania in the early 1900s to sell
Peabody, who served the division Mosebach now works as an “25-cent frying pans” would also
for three years.-- LRD PAO educator for The Mercer County show their customers this new, ex-
Conservation District, and held a otic tree that would provide shade
similar event at Shenango earlier and protection from winter winds
this year. to their homes.
During this walk, he described To everyone’s enjoyment,
many natural resources found along Mosebach inspired three young
the Shenango River that Delaware girls to sing Woody Guthrie’s clas-
Indians would have used for suste- sic folk song,“This Land is Your
nance, medicine, and enjoyment. Land” while walking along the
He pointed out the Jerusalem trail.
Great Lakes and Rivers Division’s new
commander, Col. Margaret W. Burcham, and
artichoke, a species of sunflower, The staff at Shenango Lake said
Pittsburgh District Engineer Col. William as a great source of carbohydrates. they were glad to have Mosebach
Graham take time for photos after Burcham
took command at a ceremony at the Free-
When the group encountered a provide such a great, educational
dom Center in Cincinnati. (Photo by Rachel white oak tree, he went into great event.
Haring, LRD PAO)
Shenango summer fest draws 900
Clockwise from above: Balloon animals and hats were part of the fun during Shenango’s summer fest. A band provided entertainment during the day.
Josh Bridge, Environmental, escorted Bobber the Water Safety Dog and Smokey the Bear. (Photos by Janie Egger, Shenango Volunteer)
Groups come together for food, fun and remembrance
By Curtis Cozad, Shenango the Mercer County Behavioral Health in the day’s activities, which included
On July 15, the 8th Annual Les- Commission and was tragically killed fishing, carnival games, live music, a
lie Sparano Summer Fest took place in an automobile accident. picnic lunch, and appearances by Bob-
at the Mahaney Recreation Area at Her family and co-workers wanted ber the Water Safety Dog and Smokey
Shenango River Lake. to have some type of special event for the Bear.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engi- her clients in her memory, and the an- Participants also had an opportuni-
neers, Mercer County Behavioral nual Summer Fest was born. ty to go for a boat ride on the Shenan-
Health Commission, U.S. Coast Guard Summer Fest provides unique go Queen, a charter pontoon boat
Auxiliary, PA Fish and Boat Commis- recreational opportunities for people donated by R.C.’s Marina, and other
sion and countless volunteers worked with disabilities and their families who pontoon boats provided by volunteers.
together to make the event possible. otherwise may not be able to enjoy the The Shenango staff received sup-
The event is held in honor of Leslie outdoors. port from rangers at Berlin, Mosquito,
Sparano, who was a social worker for This year, 900 people participated and M.J. Kirwan lakes.
The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD)
hosted a Value Engineering Module I Training
Workshop in July at the Pittsburgh District. The
course was taught by approved Society of American
Value Engineers (SAVE) International Module I
Instructor Scot McClintock, of Faithful and Gould.
Students from the Pacific Ocean Division and
Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City and Pitts-
burgh Districts attended. Khalid Durrani, the LRD
proponent of value engineering, also attended as a
student. Students had the option of taking the SAVE
Certification Associate Value Specialist exam at the
end of the course. --Steve Frost, Engineering
Risk trumps prevention
By Jeff Hawk, PAO agement Team calculated
With a backlog in critical main- that downstream projects
tenance approaching $400 million, in neighboring Huntington
the aging 23 locks and dams on the District deserve priority due
upper Ohio, Monongahela and Al- to the risk of failure and the
legheny rivers could use all the at- resulting consequences.
tention they can get. The Pittsburgh “I think it’s a good thing.
District operates and maintains the We need to put maintenance
oldest, largest and arguably most dollars where they’re needed
fatigued navigation system in the most in the entire Ohio River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ system,” said Don Fogel, the “We used to schedule work
national inventory. Yet in Fiscal Corps’ maintenance chief in Pitts- according to preventative main-
Year 2013, not much major work burgh. “Asset management identi- tenance cycles,” said Fogel. “We
will be done to upkeep Pittsburgh fies the worst of the worst.” knew, for example, that every
facilities. Risk is used to prioritize mainte- seven to ten years, we’d need to
The Corps’ National Asset Man- nance work on lock and dam proj- work on the emptying valves.
ects throughout Ninety percent of our maintenance
the nation. The was scheduled according to a time-
program rates table.”
navigation proj- The preventative approach was
ects on a grad- effective at catching maintenance
ing scale based issues before they became a major
on reliability. threat to the Pittsburgh system’s
There are no A- reliability, but risk factors didn’t
rated projects, weigh as heavily in maintenance
which basically scheduling. Prioritizing risk on a
equates to the regional basis means some local
condition of systems may suffer.
a new facil- “We’ve done a good job in
ity. There are Pittsburgh of preventing big main-
plenty of Ds tenance problems,” said Fogel.
and Fs, which “There’s very little maintenance
are defined as coming to Pittsburgh in the next
“deficient” and few years, which means our system
“failing.” will continue to deteriorate.”
The new Still, applied across the national
risk-informed, inventory, the asset management
systematic way program aspires to invest limited
to assign prior- taxpayer dollars where they will
ity deviates reduce the greatest risks and return
from the past the most investment. “The focus is
district-centric, not on our portion of the system,
Above: Employees from Pittsburgh District’s Repair Team smooth
concrete at C.W. Bill Young Lock and Dam on the Allegheny River. preventative but on the system as a whole,” said
(Photo by Dan Jones, PAO) Top Corner: A major rehab of Emsworth maintenance Fogel.
Locks and Dams, Ohio River, continues. (Photo by Jeff Hawk, PAO)
Shallow Land Disposal Area Pine Hollow stream removal
The Corps and its contractor, Cabrera Services Inc., On Aug. 31, the Pittsburgh District and Allegheny
began excavation in August to remove radiological con- County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) held a public
taminants at the Shallow Land Disposal Area (SLDA) in meeting to update the public about the Pine Hollow
Parks Township, Pa. The Pittsburgh District is partner- Stream Removal Project.
ing with the Buffalo District to manage the clean up the This $6.9-million project will prevent combined
radioactive waste at the site under the Formerly Utilized sewer overflows, which have been the primary cause
Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). More infor- of sewer system backups in hundreds of homes in
mation about SLDA is available online at http://www. Stowe Township and McKees Rocks Borough.
It will also reduce the health hazard associated with
Allegheny River system changes basement back-ups for residents in these communities.
The president’s budget, which was released in Febru- “We appreciate people’s patience as we work to
ary, severely decreased the Allegheny River System’s complete this project. The long-term benefits to the
budget. In Fiscal Year 2011, the system got $8.4 million. residents, businesses and environment in the com-
In 2012, only $4 million is programmed to operate eight munities and surrounding areas will far outweigh the
locks and dams. As a result of the decreased funding, a short-term impacts during construction,” said Col.
decision was made in March which would close Locks William Graham, Pittsburgh District Engineer.
8 and 9 to river traffic (except for commercial appoint-
ments) and decreased hours of operations at the six other
East Branch Dam contracts open
locks. The changes eliminated 18 manning positions and Things are moving along at East Branch Dam. The
are slated to take effect in late October. site development design was completed in June 2011.
The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
Corps leaves tribute at Memorial concurred with initiation of construction on Aug. 5.
Upon completion of the first phase of the Flight 93 The site development contract bid opening was awared
National Memorial, construction managers Bryan Cic- Sept. 29 to Tab Construction Company, Inc., for $2.9
cocioppo and Sara Hillegas wanted to leave a token million. The cutoff wall contract design was initiated,
of their appreciation at the memorial. Since the Corps but completion of the wall by 2017 is funding dependent.
was involved in the initial construction of the memori-
al, they decided to leave a Corps of Engineers hard hat District rocked by August quake
in one of the nooks along the wall leading up to the An earthquake that hit Fredericksburg, Va., on Aug.
Flight Path Wall. Ciccocioppo decided to have many 23, was felt throughout the Pittsburgh District.
Corps employees who were involved in the construc- Within hours, visual inspections were completed at
tion, from contracting and regulatory to project man- navigation and reservoir facilities to assess the pos-
agement and office of counsel, sign the hard hat. The sible impacts of the 5.9-magnitude earthquake.
hard hat will be collected with other momentos left Reservoir and lock operators looked for cracks in
behind. But, it will remain at the site for many years concrete or other signs of distress. (As of press date,
to come and visitors will know that the Corps of Engi- no damage has been reported.)
neers had a small part in the creation of this tribute to Vibrations were reported by Corps personnel as far
the heroes of Flight 93. west as Berlin Lake in Alliance, Ohio, and as far north
as Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir near Warren, Pa.
The district policy states that an immediate inspec-
tion must be conducted if earthquake movement at or
near the dam site is strong enough to be noticed by a
person at rest.
“If we feel it, we inspect,” said Col. William Gra-
ham, the Corps’ district engineer in Pittsburgh.
Specifically, the district must inspect facilities if the
Richter Magnitude is 5.0 or greater and the epicenter
is within a 30-mile radius.
Photo by Bryan Ciccocioppo, Construction
WOMEN OF YEAR! Potter named LRD
District ladies bring home three Chittenden winner
Youghiogheny River Lake Ranger
Federal Executive Board awards Emily Potter was selected as the Lakes
and Rivers Division’s Chief of En-
gineers 2011 Hiram M. Chittenden
Award for Interpretive Excellence.
The award recognizes exceptional
interpretive services and outreach programs at Corps’ civil
works projects. Potter was specifically cited for her creativ-
ity and inspiration to others by the Corps’ Directorate of
Civil Works, Michael Ensch, for her creation of the “Cache
In – Trash Out” event at Crooked Creek Lake.
Though not selected as the national award winner, Pot-
ter will be formally recognized in front of Corps and other
federal agency peers during the November 2011 Excellence
in Interpretation Awards Ceremony at the National Associa-
tion for Interpretive Workshop in St. Paul, Minn.
“This is a great honor for the District,” said Brian Luprek,
acting Southern Area Manager. --PAO
Three district employees were named Women of
the Year in August by the Pittsburgh Federal Execu- Lower Mon hosts Latin tour
Mary Ann Wylie, left, Lake Project Assistant at
Loyalhanna and Conemaugh Lakes was cited for her
excellence in administrative and management support
functions at both projects in 2010. During that year,
Wylie transitioned three different temporary resource
managers and kept things running smoothly.
Sara Hillegas, center, construction field engi-
neer, was cited for her outstanding work on the Flight
93 National Memorial. Hillegas stepped into the
roles of construction management representative and
quality control representative on the project shortly
after being hired in 2010, and was recognized for her
contributions in the mission’s success. Shawn Soltis (center) and Jeff Watkins (left) from the Lower Mon
Area Office provide an information briefing about the project.
Ashley Petraglia, right, environmental resource
specialist, was cited for exemplary work on the Story and photo by Kirk McWilliams, Lower Mon
Monongahela River and Cattaraugus Creek initial On Aug. 23, the Lower Mon Area Office hosted a
watershed assessments, environmental infrastructure site visit and gave tours of the ongoing construction
planning, and the Upper Monongahela River Initial and concrete batch plant at Charleroi to visitors from
Appraisal. With only three years under her belt, Petra- Latin America.
glia has shown tremendous professional growth and The group consisted of employees from the Latin
considered a “go-to” employee of the Environmental American operations of Euclid Chemical and Holcim
Branch. Cement, including local representatives from Euclid’s
Nominees and award winners for the annual Cleveland office.
awards must have above average job performance, Shawn Soltis and Glenn Bush gave presentations
the ability to inspire teamwork, productivity, and set and directed the tour at the locks and batch plant.
standards of work performance, evidence of efforts Euclid and Holcim supply admixtures and cementi-
toward individual self development, and sustained tious materials for concrete production to the Lower
dependable performance.--PAO Mon Batch Plant.
Lockmasters meet in Pittsburgh
Employees of the 4th Quarter
By Don Zeiler,
The Locks and
Dams Branch of
the 2011 Divi-
Meeting in May. GS: Wage Grade:
Marc Glowczewski Scott Waters
The meeting Civil Design Maxwell Lock
was attended by representatives from the Great Lakes and Dam
and Ohio River Division (LRD) Headquarters, the
Corps of Engineers Research and Development Cen- Excellence in Government
ter, plus the following Engineer Districts: Pittsburgh,
Buffalo, Louisville, Nashville, Detroit, Huntington, St. The following Pittsburgh District employees were
Paul, Seattle, Jacksonville, Galveston and Little Rock. honored at this year’s Excellence in Government
The meeting is held every two years and has grown awards:
to include a nationwide audience. Each meeting is Jeff Benedict, Planning
held at a different LRD District. Joe Premozic, Engineering
During the three-day conference, many presenta- Kirk McWilliams, Lower Mon Office
tions were given on a wide variety of topics including: Kathy Christ, Northern Area Office
the Inland Marine Transportation System, Federal Judi Sistek, Program Management
Equipment Management System, Asset Management, Chris Miller, Engineering
Water Management, Lock Operation Management Ap- Fabiana Burrell, Regulatory
plication, the Uniform Program, and the Lower Ohio John Dilla, Montgomery Locks & Dam
Flooding Update. Paul Lewis, Shenango River Lake
The Lockmaster Meetings play a vital part in keep- Ryan Fisher, Management Initiatives
ing Corps districts in sync with each other and sharing Megan DeMarchi, Contracting
ideas. A tour of Consol Energy’s Alicia Landing Facil- Marvin Ruhl, Engineering
ity on the Monongahela River was also included in the Shekinah Bailey, Real Estate
conference. Olean Lockhart, Engineering
Above and left: Corps lockmasters had a tour of Alicia Landing, Newly promoted Maj. Christopher “C.J.” Scott, Program Manage-
a highly automated intermodal facility that unloads train cars and ment, is joined by his family after the official ceremony on the edge
transfers coal to barges heading for market. Attendees also had a of the Allegheny River. (Photo by Dan Jones, PAO.)
tow boat ride up the Monongahela River to view the new PA Turnpike
43 bridge, just south of Brownsville, Pa. (Photos by Dan Butcher,
Mosquito Creek Lake’s control tower is the “Pot of Gold” at the end
STEP Ranger Doug Ringer strikes a pose with some safe boat- of the rainbow after severe thunderstorms subsided giving way to
ers on MJ Kirwan Reservoir during the Labor Day weekend. a beautiful August evening on the lake. (Photo by lake visitor - Mike
(Photo by Julie Stone, Kirwan) Mainhart - Submitted by Dianne Kolodziejeski, Mosquito.)
A production assistant puts a microphone on
Charles Weight (right), Monongahela Lock
and Dam 3, during the taping of the televi-
sion program “Off Limits” at the Braddock
Locks and Dam in June. Weight provided
commentary on how underwater divers in-
spect and repair locks. The show is expected
to air on the Travel Channel in December.
(Photo by Sheila Tunney, PAO)
Tionesta’s STEP Rangers Tim Campion (playing the role of Bobber the Water
Safety Dog) and Ben Hornberger pose for the camera during the Indian Festival
Parade in Tionesta, Pa. (Photo by Jason Bowers, Tionesta)
takes a wagon
“Corps Day” Chad Richards, Elliot Porter, Tammy Washing-
in June. Said ton and Excelena Whitaker take time for a fun
Carney, “Ken- photo while deployed to Afghanistan Engineer
nywood did him District South. (Photo courtesy of Tammy
in.” (Photo by Washington, Program Management)