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www.mvn.usace.army.mil October 2001

The Corps mission


in New York City

Shape up
NOD promotes health and fitness
Editor's Note: Col. Julich's Carrollton Gage will return next month

New York District Corps employee


escapes September 11 tragedy
By Wayne Stroupe
Waterways Experiment Station due to smoke conditions. We were was on the corner of Broadway and


under the World Trade Center Plaza Worth Street when the first World
I was pulling into the local and there was smoke in the building. I Trade Center tower fell.
subway station under the World put my tie over my face and headed for “I saw the first one fall. The
TradeCenter about 9 a.m. that the exit. There was no panic,” said smoke and dust cloud was behind us.
morning,” said Joe Seebode of the Seebode. It came within a block or two of us. I
New York District. Seebode was the “As we got near the top of the couldn’t fathom the fact that if this
nearest Corps employee to the escalator, which brings you to ground all occurred ten minutes later, I
World Trade Center on Sept. 11, the level from five floors below, we heard would have been on the 62nd floor of
day of the terrorist attack. what sounded like a bomb going off. It the World Trade Center,” said
“I had meetings at the Port was the second plane hitting World Seebode.
Authority on the 62 nd floor at 9:30 Trade Center. You certainly felt the “People had pocket radios and, by
a.m.,” said Seebode. As the New explosion. I looked to my left, my that time, we knew it was a terrorist
Jersey-New York Harbor program normal exit, saw daylight, and began to attack. People were shocked, and it
manager, Seebode often had to visit run. Debris was falling all around me. was complete bedlam. I was lucky to
the Port Authority’s offices in the I kept moving north, only later grasp- meet four other colleagues from the
ing how close in proximity large district and we found solace in each
“I looked to my pieces of debris crashed around me.
“The scariest part for me was when
other as we traveled together. We
were 12 blocks or so farther when
left, my normal I got away from the building about 50 the second tower fell.
yards; I ran into a wall of dazed people “My wife knew I was going to the
exit, saw daylight, who were watching the terrible events World Trade Center that day. With
unfold. I started yelling at people to cell phones down all over, I didn’t get
and began to run. get out of there – debris was still a message to her until almost 1 p.m.
Debris was falling falling. I never had time to think if I
was going to die. I just kept moving
She still has that answering machine
message saved. Listening to it today
all around me.” and trying to keep everyone else
moving.”
is a grim reminder of the shock,
disbelief and horror I experienced
Seebode made it to the Federal that day. I seem to hug my young
World Trade Center on business. Building, the New York District office sons more often these days,” said
“As we pulled into the station, the location only a few blocks away, and Seebode.
public address system came on and found they were evacuating. He kept
asked us to exit the station immediately moving north in a wave of people. He

Riverside
October 2001 Vol. 12 No. 10 Riverside
Commander Authorization: The New Orleans District
RIVERSIDE is an unofficial publication authorized
Col. Thomas F. Julich under the provisions of AR 360-1. Views and
Public Affairs Chief opinions expressed are not necessarily those of
the Corps of Engineers or the Department of the
Jim Addison Army. Dilbert reprinted by permission of United
Acting Editor Features.
Shanell Williams
Submissions: Articles and story ideas are
Contributing Writers welcome; publication depends on general
John Hall, Terri Jackson, Eric Lincoln, interest as judged by the editor. Direct queries to Photo by Lane Lefort
Amanda Padalewski, the editor by calling (504) 862-2201or e-mail
Shanell.Williams@mvn02.usace.army.mil. Ronald Honore and Victoria
Leslie Terrell
Fouchea stay fit, using the
Graphic Artists Circulation: 2,150 copies per issue. district's convenient gym.
Anne Marino, Elena Napolitano

2 Riverside October 2001


Close to home
Families cope with September 11
By John Hall

D
avid Wurtzel’s (OD) cousin Also among those suffering
worked on the 103rd floor of the losses was Cathy Torlage’s (CT)
World Trade Center in the now grandson Sean Crosbie, 23,
well-known financial firm Cantor whose girlfriend, Lisa Frost, 22,
Fitzgerald. was aboard a Boston plane that
Terri Jackson’s (PA) beloved “uncle” hit the World Trade Center. “His
was a passenger – headed for vacation in dad, Mike Crosbie, said, ‘She
Australia – on one of the Boston planes was the kind of girl every daddy
that hit the World Trade Center. wished his son would end up
Their dear ones were killed, evidence with.’” Torlage said.
that the New Orleans District employees Terri Jackson said her
are among the many people far from New “uncle” and godfather, Hartford,
York City who suffered losses from the Conn., businessman Antonio
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Esposito, 44, was the best friend Photos by Scott Riecke
Terri Jackson
In addition, five people from NOD of her father, Bervin Jackson, in
answered the call to help, putting in some Houston. “I was most con-
hard days with the Corps of Engineers in cerned about my father. I’ve
the New York area. The district’s spirit never heard him be so sad – he
was larger than the number suggests. found out on an Internet listing.
“Many, many more volunteered,” said I went to Houston to be with him.”
Mike Lowe (OD), Readiness Branch It was also a blow to her: “He
chief. “They just called in unsolicited.” was like a second dad to me. I
Three from Old River Control drove could talk to him like to my mother
big emergency communications trucks, and dad. He was always there for
part of the Corps’ DTOS (for Deployable me.”
Tactical Operations System), from David Wurtzel said his first
Mobile, Ala., to New York: Roosevelt cousin, once removed 32-year-old
Howard, Edward Adams and Henry Laura Gilly, had been excited by
Smith. getting out of the airline business
“Your guys were absolutely outstand- – flying with Tower Airlines – in
ing,” said Doug Nester, operations July and landing a job high above
officer of the national DTOS team. New York’s financial district.
“Their role when they left was as com- It was – and is – a close-knit
mercial driver. In New York their family centered in Brooklyn. “We
function changed. They did everything always kept in touch. “(Laura)
from fueling generators to providing lived in an apartment two floors
supplies for the New York Fire Depart- above her mom’s.” Mom is
ment.” Wurtzel’s first cousin, Phyllis Gilly. David Wurtzel
Fred Lachney (IM) put in 12-hour Eventually a memorial service will
days at the North Atlantic Division in be scheduled by her mother. “I’ll be “Nobody was crying I’m tired. No one
Fort Hamilton, N.Y. (Brooklyn), whose available when she says.” complained.”
computer and communications staff Roosevelt Howard, a mechanic at Old Howard said: “I felt like this was my
was swamped with needs from the River Control, found that a hard drive in country, the country was hurting. That
temporarily homeless New York a DTOS semi-trailer was the easy part. was a wound and I was one of the band
District. “Most of the time, we left at 5 a.m. to aids. I would go back tomorrow if they
And Rick Tillman (ED) put his meet in the hotel parking garage. We called. That’s how strong I feel about
structural engineering skills to use to would get back from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.” it.”
help urban search and rescue teams in It was tiring, but somehow they could
New York. always find more energy he said.

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Corps of Engineers hel
By Bernard Tate
Headquarters

M
any employees of the Army Corps of Engineers “No one got hysterical, there wasn’t any pushing or
are still supporting recovery operations shoving, and every small boat in the harbor was helping,”
in New York City following the terrorist attack on Finn said. She and other crew members had been attend-
the World Trade Center. ing a training class at the district’s Caven Point facility
Corps employees have completed a debris operations when the hijacked airliners crashed into the towers of
plan for New York City and the Federal Emergency the World Trade Center. They ran out onto the pier and
Management Agency. Part of the challenge, officials hopped aboard vessels berthed there.
said, was to determine what material can be recycled, and That day, Corps boats also carried more than 200
what can be placed in landfills or offshore disposal areas. firefighters and emergency personnel from New Jersey
The Corps of Engineers provided emergency electri- to Lower Manhattan, and refueled New York City fire-
cal power for the recovery operation and the opening of boats with 3,300 gallons of fuel, much of it transferred
the financial district. by hand in five-gallon buckets.
Structural experts and surveyors from throughout the The Corps’ mission during a disaster is Emergency
Corps have been on-site in New York to help the city Support Function 3 (Public Works and Engineering),
evaluate some of the more complicated building situa- officials explained.
tions. Those who were skilled at urban search and rescue The Disaster Field Office is at Pier 90 in Manhattan.
evaluated areas that were safe for rescuers to enter, and To date, FEMA has assigned the Corps of Engineers
recommended ways to secure the unsafe areas. missions to assist New York City with emergency power,
technical assistance, debris-removal assessment, and
structural safety assessment. As of earlier this week,
“No one got hysterical, FEMA had authorized $4.41 million for the Corps of
Engineers to accomplish these missions.
there wasn't any pushing or The Corps of Engineers sent two Deployable Tactical
Operations Centers to New York City for command-and-
shoving, and every small control. DTOCs are 37-foot tractor-trailers designed to
function as a field office for a 38-person staff working
boat in the harbor was help- at a disaster site. FEMA received one for its use. The
Corps also deployed two Rapid Response Vehicles to
ing.” New York City. RRVs are self-contained mobile com-
mand-and-control centers packed with communications
and computer gear to support a seven-person staff.
At the height of the operation, more than 900 Corps FEMA and the Corps used the DTOCs and RRVs to form
personnel were supporting recovery efforts, including a linked communications network around the area of
employees of the Corps’ North Atlantic Division and destruction in New York City.
New York District who normally work in the area, and Thirty-eight DTOC and Logistics Planning and
164 others deployed from around the nation. Response Team personnel are in New York City working
From the first hours after the hijackers crashed into a 24-hour operation at Ground Zero to support FEMA
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, members of and the New York Fire Department.
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have worked on the The federal missions continue to decrease, officials
scene and behind the scenes to assist in the recovery said, as the city takes over full responsibility for the
effort, officials said. response and recovery operations.
Seven Corps vessels joined a spontaneous armada The dredging mission for the Corps has concluded
that evacuated people from Manhattan who had no other after around-the-clock operations. Greater barge access
way home. The Corps boats evacuated more than 2,000 will significantly speed the removal of debris, officials
people. Many of them were covered with concrete dust, said.
and many were visibly shaken, but the transport went The Corps’ New York District set records granting
smoothly and without incident, vessel masters said. emergency dredging permits to provide vessel access to
“Everyone was so great,” said Liz Finn, assistant the World Trade Center area and financial district.
vessel master aboard the Gelberman, a converted On Sept. 13, New York City requested a permit to
tugboat used for drift collection, which got underway to dredge 120,000 cubic yards of material from around
lend assistance minutes after the towers were hit. Pier 25 to allow large boats to support rescue and recovery

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ping New York recover
operations. Brig. Gen. Stephen
Rhoades, North Atlantic
Division commander, gave
permission in record time to
dredge and place material in
the Newark Bay Confined
Disposal Facility.
Five days later, the city
sought permission to dredge
60,000 cubic yards of material
between the Governor’s Island
ferry terminal and the down-
town heliport. The existing
depth of the East River at that
point (about eight feet) was
not enough to accommodate
boats operating there after the
attack. Again, the district
granted permission quickly.
Corps boat crews in New
York also continue to support
rescue and recovery efforts in
New York City. Their work has
included: fueling support, photo by F.T. Eyre, Corps of Engineers Headquarters
providing antifreeze and Bob Chapman of the Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District works at
lubrication oil for New York “Ground Zero.” Personnel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were at
City fire trucks, transporting Ground Zero just two hours after the hijacked airliners struck the World
1,000 gallons of potable water Trade Center.
for the New York Fire Depart-
ment, transporting shovels and
two forklifts to Lower Manhattan, and ferrying emergency Water Street to provide power for several buildings in the
personnel to Lower Manhattan. financial district, including New York Mercantile Ex-
The survey boat Hatton has ferried respirators from change and the NASDAQ Electrical Hub.
Pier 40 on New York’s west side to North Cove near the “This is a temporary measure until ConEd gets reliable
World Trade Center. The respirators protect searchers at commercial power established,” Wilson said. “This is
Ground Zero from heavy dust, asbestos, and other con- typical of what our unit has done at all disaster sites.”
taminants. Soldiers from the 249th also provided technical
The 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power), the only assistance in evaluating the city’s power grid.
Army unit assigned to the Corps, deployed 31 personnel On Sept. 19, Secretary of the Army Thomas White
to New York City — 16 from Fort Belvoir, Va., and 15 visited Ground Zero (the rubble area where the World
from Fort Bragg, N.C. The 249th soldiers were led by Trade Center collapsed) in a group that included Lt. Gen.
their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Kevin Wilson, but Robert Flowers, chief of engineers.
worked under the direction of FEMA. “Everything the President said about this country being
Consolidated Edison, New York City’s utilities com- at war, that we are in a new security environment, and that
pany, asked these soldiers to help install 50 1,500- we are in a fundamental change to a new way of life, is
kilowatt generators supplied by the city. Each generator is true,” White said. “To the Corps of Engineers I would
housed in a 40-foot container. They were used to power say...while your history is impressive, given the current
medical triage facilities and transient housing to support situation, your finest hour is a chapter yet to be written.
the relief effort. The nation will look to your extraordinary capability to
On Sept. 17, a team of nine ConEd personnel aug- protect and sustain our infrastructure against a wide
mented by five 249th soldiers installed two generators at variety of threats.”

Riverside October 2001 5


“Be Healthy – Just Do It!”
By Peggy Plaisance

L
t. Gen. Robert Flowers asked
members of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers to join him
in his commitment as stated on his
“Just Do It” card: Know your job;
Be situationally aware; Be
healthy; Treat every individual
with dignity and respect. Col.
Thomas Julich, New Orleans
District commander, took this very
seriously and implemented a
wellness program through the his
Occupational Health Office.
Julich said, “Those who take the
time and effort know the many
benefits you derive from eating
well, exercising, and knowing your
physical condition and limitations.
Doing those things can have an photo by Lane Lefort
overall positive impact on a Clockwise: Sheryl Austin, Sandra Brehm, Linda Bongiovanni, Joseph
person’s attitude toward them- Chow and Priscilla Paige warm up for another round of aerobocise.
selves and their work.”
As one of two registered nurses let, which evaluates current lifestyles, retirement and grandkids. I started
at New Orleans District, I feel we identifies health risks, and points to using the equipment in the exercise
are very fortunate to have leaders where and how to make improve- room twice a week and walking two
in USACE that care so much about ments. miles around my neighborhood
the individual employee. We encourage employees to keep twice a week. I put myself on a diet
Since January, over 450 em- records to compare their results and continue to have my blood
pressure monitored.
“I have lost 30 pounds,” Dupuy
“Being healthy ... causes people to said. “My blood pressure is around
120/70 and my doctor has taken me
reach deep within themselves to find a off of the blood pressure medicine.
And finally, my cholesterol is 176. I
person of value and worth.” can honestly say that the Corps’
Wellness Program is what put me on
this road and is helping me to
ployees have participated in our every year and make them available to maintain where I am now.”
Wellness Program. It centers their personal physicians. We maintain The Wellness Program also
around a Health Risk Assessment a database to show improvements and includes a Weight Watchers group
covering questions about personal queries; for example, 46 percent of the where in 10 weeks 40 people lost
and family health history, current people tested have a total cholesterol over 350 pounds. People are
symptoms, physical activity, eating greater than 199. Eight percent of those feeling better, and looking better,
practices, social health and safety. tested had blood pressure greater than according to Paulette Salassi,
Blood is drawn for a complete 140/90. Many were unaware of this and Information Management, who lost
chemistry panel, including liver are now taking steps to lower their over 30 pounds. “It’s so conve-
enzymes and lipid profile, complete cholesterol and blood pressure by nient to have Weight Watchers at
blood count with differential and exercising and losing weight. work on our lunch time,” she said.
prostate specific antigen for the Mike Dupuy of Engineering Division,
men. Health Office staff answers who turns 50 this year, commented, “I
questions about lab results and, if
Free Exercise Classes
reread the results of my Personal
needed, refers employees to their I thank the wonderful volunteers
Wellness Profile and decided I would do
personal physicians. Employees get here at the New Orleans District for
what was necessary to get myself into
a Personal Wellness Profile book- making the Wellness Program a big
shape. I wanted to be around for
success. Mike Escarra of Engi-
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neering Division, for example, is a volunteers have to
certified karate teacher who, when invest their time
asked, jumped at the opportunity to and energy to lead
teach a karate class. “Even if only exercise classes on
one person shows up, I’ll be there,” their own time, and
Escarra said. He’s been teaching employees have to
since February and loves it. make commitments
Line dancing classes also began to change their
this year, thanks to the talents of lifestyle habits.
Operations Marine Manager Jim Moreover, supervi-
Courville. One line-dancing student sors have to make
commented, “After exercising I feel an investment by
so good, I look forward to coming to allowing their
work now. This has really changed workers to go to
my attitude.” various lectures,
Real Estate Division members realizing that a
healthy employee photo by Scott Riecke
Priscilla Paige and Sheryl Austin
stepped forward to sponsor an is a happy em- Volunteer karate instructor Mike Escarra teaches
aerobics class. Without hesitation ployee. karate skills to Bill Klein (r.) and Paul Oakland as
they freely volunteered their ser- To bolster part of New Orleans District’s wide-ranging
vices. "I didn’t realize I was going to support, I use wellness program.
have so much fun doing this,” Austin studies that show
said. “This is going to help me stay in the return on the dollar invested in exercise is $260 per year, or when
shape.” wellness programs. For example, a someone stops smoking the average
Our Wellness Program also includes University of Michigan study tracked savings is $1,110 per year.
screenings for colorectal, prostate and 4,000 steelcase workers for five years Lt. Gen. Flowers knows what he is
breast cancer, stress reduction classes, and found that high-risk employees doing by getting his employees to
lectures on food and fitness, hyperten- who shed all but one or two bad make the commitment to be healthy.
sion and high cholesterol, weight habits cut their medical costs by 54 Not only does being healthy lift the
training, suicide prevention, smoking percent. Another study indicates that spirit, it feeds the soul. It causes
cessation, and our Annual Health Fair. workers between the ages of 45 and 65 people to feel good about themselves,
Much more is planned for 2002. with six or more risk factors cost four to have more confidence, to reach
There’s an investment involved to times as much as those with none. beyond the TV controls or the donuts,
make a program like this a success. The potential savings in insurance and reach deep within themselves to
Money has to be added to the budget, premiums when a person starts to find a person of value and worth.
You have an
employee that feels
good, has more
energy, more
confidence, thus a
harder working,
happier employee.
Turning the
Corps into a health
conscious organi-
zation demands an
investment, but
the success of our
Wellness Program
proves that if the
Corps will lead, the
employees will
follow.

courtesy photo
Health Team (L. to R.): James Sturcke, RN, Theresa Chryssoverges, Workers’
Compensation Specialist, Dr. Edward Michals, Peggy Plaisance, RN, and Edward
Bernard, CIH.

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Problem Solvers
Third of a series
By Leslie Terrell

T
roy Constance came to NOD in the Lower Atchafalya
1985 after receiving a bachelor Basin studies.
of science degree in civil Constance was
engineering from the University of promoted when Project
New Orleans. Constance worked in Management Division
the Relocation Section of Engineering was reorganized. Now
for two years then worked in hydro- he is involved in flood
logic design for four years. He moved control and ecosystem
again to manage studies in Planning restoration studies and
Division in 1991. projects, such as
In 1992 Constance was promoted studies for the Lower
to GS12 and worked on larger studies Atchafalaya Basin, and
like Morganza to the Gulf and Lower heads Coast 2050 and
Atchafalaya Basin Reevaluation Study. Amite River Ecosys-
When the Planning and Project tem Restoration
Management divisions combined three Feasibility Study.
years ago, Constance was working on
photos by Lane Lefort and Scott Riecke

Project Manager: Howie Gonzales


Study: Coast 2050: Toward a
Sustainable Coastal Louisiana land do to natural and man-made
impacts. Also, no new land is
About the project: Coast 2050 is created because the basin is
a feasibility study also called sediment-starved, meaning no
Louisiana Coastal Area Louisiana new sediment settles in the area.
Ecosystem Restoration, through We will restore the Barataria
which the Corps will create and Basin, mainly by dredging mate-
restore wetlands, restore barrier rial from lakes within the basin
shorelines, and prevent salt water and the Gulf of Mexico. The
from impacting fresh water areas. study will be challenging because
The study is very important we must find borrow materials of
because our wetlands are severely proper quantity and quality.
eroding, especially during tropical Barrier shorelines will be most
storms and hurricanes, causing difficult to restore because gulf
serious impacts to inland infra- sand may not suffice. The Corps
structures. will also evaluate costs for dredg-
For the first phase of the ing and obtaining appropriate
study, NOD will focus on the materials from all potential bor-
Barataria Basin, the boundaries of row sources. natural resources in coastal Louisiana.
which are the Mississippi River in The Coast 2050 team hopes to Time and Cost: The feasibility study
the north and east, Bayou increase awareness and support started in 2000 and will last 10 years at
LaFourche in the west, and the for the study because ecosystem a cost of $35 million. The La. Depart-
Gulf of Mexico in the south. The restoration will help maintain ment of Natural Resources will
Barataria Basin is losing the most industry, economy, culture and provide half the cost for the feasibility

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Project Manager: Barton Rogers
study. eroding banks, meanders in the
Study: Amite River and Tributar- river and vegetation along the
ies Ecosystem Restoration banks to reduce flooding. The
Feasibility Study improvements to the channel will
benefit fish and wildlife habitats
About the project: In July 2000, and improve water quality. A
the Corps completed a reconnais- leading option is to place jack
sance study that identified factors fields (that can look like the toy)
that have affected the Amite River: along the river. These jacks can
dredging, sand and gravel mining be made of metal, wood or
and urban development. The river concrete that would catch debris,
cannot recover on its own from its reduce current velocities, deposit
condition, which has caused very seditment and rebuild the land.
serious environmental impacts. As the land is restored, we will
The river lost over 10 percent of plant trees that will continue to
its length, shrinking from over 60 help rebuild the land by holding
miles to 54 miles, and many of its sediment in place. The project the state departments of Environ-
meander loops and surrounding also has many public benefits. mental Quality, Transportation and
vegetation. Mining in the river has We will consider building parks, Development, and Natural Re-
caused sediment deposits, which hunting grounds, canoeing and sources to share the cost of the
make the channel shallower. The tubing areas, wildlife reserves project.
river should be 10 to 12 feet deep, and campgrounds, especially Time and Cost: The feasibility
but is only one foot deep in some because the project site is so study will last about four years and
areas. Consequently, Denham close to New Orleans and Baton cost $4.5 million. Construction,
Springs and Baton Rouge have Rouge and would attract many valued at $30 million to $100 million,
experienced higher flood stages. visitors. will probably be in several phases
The Corps will restore the The Corps is negotiating with and last many years.

Project Manager: Chris Gilmore

Project: Lower Atchafalaya pump stations and navigational


Basin Reevaluation Study structures, in lieu of the Avoca Island
Levee Extension to provide flood
About the project: The Corps protection for the area east of Morgan
started the study in 1994 to reevalu- City. It also contains recommenda-
ate our 1982 report because of the tions to further investigate jetty
removal of the Wax Lake Outlet weir. construction between Vermillion Bay
The Corps recently completed the and Atchafalaya Bay, under Coast
preliminary draft feasibility report. A 2050.
leadership group from Morgan City Time and Cost: The Corps will
reviewed the report and their com- complete the final report in Decem-
ments are being incorporated. The ber. Pre-construction Engineering and
reevaluation study concluded that the Design (PED) will begin next fiscal
Atchafalaya Basin is not changing as year and last three years. Construc-
drastically as expected. Therefore, we tion will start in 2005 and continue for
will continue to raise levees in the five to six years. The estimated cost to States (PAS), and MR-GO projects.
area as a means of controlling project is $200 million. He also aids fellow Senior Project
flood. The 1982 report is still valid Manager Robert Campos with the
and required only minor changes. It Constance manages several other Donaldsonville to the Gulf Feasibility
recommends constructing a barrier studies under the Continuing Authori- Study and manages the nearly com-
levee system, including the necessary ties Program and Planning Assistance pleted Mississippi River levees projects.

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NOD at Work
REBUILDING BRETON IS-
LAND—Public Affairs and Ed
Creefe, OD, hosted members of the Breton Island restoration
media on a Sept. 28 helicopter flight
over the MRGO bar channel and
Breton Island to view dredging and
barrier island restoration projects.
Breton Island, part of the
Chandeleur Islands chain off
Southeast Louisiana, is home to
endangered and threatened species
as well as thousands of waterfowl;
it is also the state’s first line of
defense against hurricanes and
coastal erosion. The island lost 54
of its original 180 acres during
Hurricane Georges in 1998, but the
current dredging cycle will increase
the total to 226. Great Lakes Dredge
and Dock Company will pump
about two million yards of material
onto the northern and eastern rims
of the island. Read more on our
Web site by clicking on "News." photo by Lane Lefort

Construction panic students in the community who water temperatures and thriving
demonstrate strong academic skills. organic material have degraded the
BRIDGE REOPENING—The Orleans EEO and PIE contributed $75 each area. Removing the weir (a low dam
Avenue Canal bridge on Robert E. Lee toward the 25 scholarships awarded placed in the river) and narrowing and
reopened Sept. 7 after one year of during the 2000-2001 academic year. deepening the channel would assist
construction at a cost of $28 million. It flood prevention and improve condi-
was the sixth of 10 bridges scheduled for tions for fish and wildlife, at a cost of
hurricane floodproofing. Each bridge Project Management about $500,000. Alternative options
must be completely replaced with a new include pumping water into the stream
bridge sealed on the bottom and sides, SHORELINE RESTORATION—Col. from the Mississippi, but the process
closing the floodwall gap. The improve- Tom Julich, Sandra Thompson, Morgan would be too slow to improve stream
ments will help keep storm surges out of City Mayor Dr. Tim Tregle, and a host of quality and would cost about $1.5
the city, eliminate the need for sandbag- other officials gathered Aug. 30 in million. The city’s drainage board has
ging, and allow important roadways to Morgan City to view progress on the yet to approve either project.
remain open. Lake Palourde shoreline protection and
restoration project, where installa-

EEO/Partners in
tion of a rock dike about a mile long
was completed in mid-August. Since
Operations
Education then over half of a total planned BAYOU TECHE DREDGING—
600,000 cubic yards of silt have Dredging to restore Bayou Teche in the
AZUCAR BOWL—Mireya Laigast, been pumped from the Atchafalaya New Iberia area will begin about Nov.
PMD, and Angel Mislan, Hispanic River into the newly-created shore- 1, taking up to two years and costing
employment program manager, line beside La. 70. It will extend 400 $6.68 million. Circle Inc. will remove
Engineering, attended the Aug. 18 feet into the lake, reducing erosion about 440,000 cubic yards of material,
Azucar Bowl at Whitney National on the roadbed and providing recre- restoring the bayou to its authorized
Bank’s corporate office on St. ational space. dimensions of 60 feet wide by eight
Charles Ave., as representatives of feet deep. The dredging—the first in
NOD. The bowl is an annual RE-ENGINEERING NEW RIVER— over ten years in this stretch—will
fundraiser organized by the New The Corps has plans to re-engineer the benefit the barge and towboat industry,
Orleans Hispanic Foundation Inc. to New River from above Bayou Goudine including vessels that serve three
provide scholarships to needy His- to the weir in Gonzales, where high sugar mills nearby.

10 Riverside October 2001


Around the District
WIn With Ability
October is National Disability Employment Awareness
Month, and the Corps has set up an exhibit in the main lobby
featuring profiles of the success of Corps employees with
disabilities (including Darren Huete, Paul Palmeri and Carli
Fried). Famous personalities who have disabilities and have
become successful, and resources available to disabled
individuals are also displayed. President Truman’s Committee
on Employment of People with Disabilities was appointed to
carry out Public Law 176 in 1945, designating the first week
in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped
Week”; in 1962, “Physically” was removed to recognize the
needs of all Americans with disabilities. In 1988, Congress courtesy photo
expanded the week to a month and changed the name. October Great for Barbecues
has since become a kind of kick-off month for programs that
We get differing opinions about the purpose of this
highlight the skills of Americans with disabilities. This
rusty roadside hulk at the corner of Leake and
month’s theme is “Win with Ability.”
Magazine, but here’s what a newsletter from the
engineering firm of Waldemar S. Nelson and Co. Inc.
New Beginnings of New Orleans states: “It’s a weed burner [and
railroad car], a relic of pre-environment days when
to Angela DeSoto (ED) on the birth of her son, John kerosene was used to control trackside vegetation.
Greer Duncun, 8 pounds, 1 ounce, on July 29. Burners were attached to extendable arms to reach
to Madonna Montz (GB) on the birth of her son, Jonah out and sizzle weeds on embankments. The man in
David Montz, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, on August 29. the photo is the company’s chairman, Waldemar S.
Nelson."

Congratulations
to August M. Martin (ED) who walked
away from the “Sustaining Base Leader-
ship and Management” 12-week summer
training course at the Army Management
Staff College in Virginia with a “Best in
Seminar” certificate. “Mr. Martin led by
personal example, demonstrating the
values and standards of the Army Man-
agement Staff College and the Army,” the
certificate states. “Mr. Martin’s profes-
sional disposition, positive attitude and
academic performance are to be respected
and admired.”

photo by Lane Lefort


Farewell
Beach Sweep 2001
NOD volunteers, 78 strong, participated locally in the annual nation- to Shanell Williams (PA), who is
wide Beach Sweep event on Saturday, Sept. 15. The group swept getting married October 28 and relocating
clean a segment of the Lakefront and demonstrated NOD’s sense of to Houston.
environmental awareness. Those participating were: Greg and to James D. Courville, Physical Support
Marie Breerwood, Kelly Lebourgeois, Beth Nord, Bernie Zagorski, Branch (OD), retiring after over 42 years of
Edmond Russo, JoAnn Rosenfeld, Ron Ventola, Bruce and Preston government service.
Bivona, Liz and Sage Sigler, Bob Martinson; Tom, Karen, Greg,
Grant and Garret Tobin; Mike, William, Madeline, Charisse, and
Patrick Saucier; Reid and Larry Perrin; Sheryl Austin, Robert and Condolences
Anna Campos, Gay and Lindsay Browning, Megan Fonseca, Skip
Jacobs, Suzanne, David and Christopher Bonnette; Nancy to Leigh H. Carrier (ED) whose father
Mayberry, Rachel and Sara Beer, Charlie Rome, Katelyn Ermon, died on Sept. 9.
Erica Goostrey, Gib Owens, Judy Fonseca, and Boy and Girl Scout to Don Rawson (ED) whose mother
Troops 117, 126, 221, 377 and 491. died on Oct. 1.

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Talk Back TO HAVE YOUR
IDEAS PRINTED
IN THE NEXT ISSUE
AND
Last month we solicited your comments on "Internet
Services." Here is the response we received: WIN A RESERVED
PARKING SPOT FOR
AN ENTIRE MONTH
Use the Web site for (PKI offers assurances that the parties
to an electronic transaction are really
electronic transactions the people they claim to be; that the RESPOND BY
transaction has not been altered in an
The district can implement many unauthorized way; and, that neither party NOVEMBER 12
additional Internet initiatives. The can deny they took part in the transaction).
easiest and most common initiative is Legal considerations (such as the Privacy LET US KNOW WHAT
information dissemination. A good Act) and electronic records storage issues YOU THINK ABOUT
example of this is the Appropriation Act are also a challenge. Finally, the inadequate
level of information-technology human
THIS MONTH'S
links on the NOD library’s home page .
A more complex initiative would be resources devoted to developing and Talk Back TOPIC:
downloadable electronic forms. While managing Web-based applications needs to
the Army and USACE have started this be addressed. The district and the federal
process, the district has a long way to government must overcome these chal- WORK PLACE HEALTH
go in this area. On the district’s Web lenges when making advances in the use of
pages, I could not even find a link to the information technology and the Internet.
electronic forms available at the Army
and USACE addresses. Just ask your-
>WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO
self, how many times have you had to To assist in this effort, and for further TO MAKE THE CORPS A MORE
manually enter data into your computer reading, go to: http://www.cybercrime.gov/ HEALTH CONSCIOUS ORGA-
when this data was taken from a manual eprocess.htm for a legal guide to electronic NIZATION?
or computer-generated form. transaction; http://csrc.nist.gov/publica-
The most complex Internet initiative the tions/nistpubs/800-25/sp800-25.pdf for a
district could undertake at this time would be guide to PKI technology issues; and, http://
electronic transactions. This could include www.nara.gov/records/policy/gpea.pdf for
such initiatives as processing permit applica- information on records storage of electronic
tions via the Internet. However, the infra- signatures. The editor reserves the
right to pick which re-
structure for the more complex Internet
sponses to publish and
initiatives has not been fully developed. For Kenneth Kanik, Waterborne Commerce award.
example, information security is essential to Statistics Center
the implementation of electronic transac-
tions. Yet a Public Key Infrastructure has *Kenneth is the winner of a reserved
yet to be developed and implemented parking space.

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