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US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, Vol. 2, Issue 3, September 2011



                                                 Corps helps build
                                                Flight 93 Memorial

                                     Asset Management – Risk
                                            trumps prevention

                                     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-
                                                                        ational holiday.
                                                                           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.

SSSSSSSNAKES
          ALIVE!                                                                                   An artist’s rendition of
                                                                                                   the Flight 93 National
                                                                   Cover


                                                                                                   Memorial in Shanks-
                                                                                                   ville, Pa., graces our
                                                                                                   cover. The Corps of
                                                                                                   Engineers provided
                                                                                                   construction manage-
                                                                                                   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)


                     US Army Corps of
                Engineers Pittsburgh District                      Headwaters Update is a quarterly publication
                                                                   of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh
                       COL William Graham
                        District Commander
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                         Public Affairs Chief                      expressed in the Headwaters Update are not neces-
                           Jeffrey Hawk
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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
                                                                    heat.
                                                                         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
                                                                    Auxiliary.
                                                                        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.



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                                                                                                  Clockwise from
                                                                                                  left: Bobber
                                                                                                  and Tygart Lake
                                                                                                  staff members
                                                                                                  prepare for the
                                                                                                  Grafton, W.Va.
                                                                                                  Memorial Day
                                                                                                  Parade. Tygart
                                                                                                  rangers attended
                                                                                                  the Hooked on
                                                                                                  Fishing event at
                                                                                                  Tygart Lake State
                                                                                                  Park. Ranger
                                                                                                  April Hawkey
                                                                                                  taught elemen-
                                                                                                  tary students
                                                                                                  how a life jacket
                                                                                                  should fit.



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
children enjoyed
hands on participa-
tion and were edu-
cated on choosing
and fitting the best
life jacket for their
activity. Attendees
tried on various
styles of life jackets
and received water
safety materials and


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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
                                                                         Lake.
                                                                             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
                                                                                             dumpster above.



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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
feeding frenzy.
   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,
                                                                           Kinzua)


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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-
ing.
   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.




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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.

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                                                                                                    During his Ride
                                                                                                    with the 40 trip,
                                                                                                    Bryan Cicco-
                                                                                                    cioppo (right)
                                                                                                    and Erich Bay
                                                                                                    hold a Flight 93
                                                                                                    commemora-
                                                                                                    tive flag. Bay’s
                                                                                                    wife, Lorraine G.
                                                                                                    Bay, was a flight
                                                                                                    attendent on the
                                                                                                    flight. (Photo
                                                                                                    courtesy of Bryan
                                                                                                    Ciccocioppo,
                                                                                                    Construction)




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.”

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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
                                                                          effort.
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
Afghanistan.
    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
Service.)

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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.

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   Corps
    helps
    build
Flight 93
memorial
  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
                                    closer inspection.




                                                                                                           Above: Flags and
                                                                                                           other tribute items
                                                                                                           are left at the site
                                                                                                           regularly.

                                                                                                           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
 memorial.                                                                                                 2010.
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
                                                         hemlock wood.

                                                         Left: Construction
                                                         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
                                                         path wall.




         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-
         cocioppo, Construction)

         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.




14
    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’
Corps assistance.
   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,
million
cubic yards
                                                                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
               Brkovich, Regulatory)
everything
because of
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.”


                                                                                                                 15
Corps helps Trumbull’s ‘Summer Sizzle’
                                                                              Air Force trains at
                                                                                  Yough site
                                                                              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
                                                                              training.
                                                                                 “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)



16
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.”


                                                                                                                                     17
Division welcomes
new commander
    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)


18
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


                                                                                                                                              19
Asset Management

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)
                                                                      approach.


20
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.
lrp.usace.army.mil/fusrap/slda.htm.
                                                                            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


                                                                                                                                 21
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
tive Board.
      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.
22
Lockmasters meet in Pittsburgh
                                                                        Employees of the 4th Quarter
                                     By Don Zeiler,
                                     Emsworth
                                        The Locks and
                                     Dams Branch of
                                     the Pittsburgh
                                     District hosted
                                     the 2011 Divi-
                                     sion Lockmasters
                                     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,
LRD)

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Headwaters Snapshots




                                                                  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)


Project Manager
 Craig Carney’s
     son Quinlan
  takes a wagon
   catnap during
     the district’s
     “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)
   Craig Carney)

				
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