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  • September

    District has powerful new survey tool

    Have you ever watched one of those documentary television programs where researchers have a cool laser gizmo that spins on a tripod and maps the inside of a prehistoric cave or the outside of an ancient building like the Coliseum of Rome to the tiniest detail? Well, now the Memphis District has one of those gizmos too. But, our engineers and technicians are putting it to different uses. Called the SX-10 Scanning Total Station, the device uses LiDAR to create a “point cloud” of a scanned object. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. That’s a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances and locations. The Memphis District is already using LiDAR for mapping and imaging on our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The SX-10, however, uses terrestrial LiDAR.
  • Biologists check for endangered mussels

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees perform a lot of interesting jobs related to the rivers we work on. But one of the most unusual jobs involves looking for an endangered species of fresh water mussels.
  • Corps of Engineers completes Poinsett County Ditch 10 cleanout ahead of schedule, under budget

    On U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors have completed maintenance work to cleanout Ditch 10 in Poinsett County, west of Trumann, Arkansas, 70 days ahead of schedule and $44,546 under budget.
  • District Commander participates in launch of new shipboard water quality monitoring system

    Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller joined officials from the U.S. Geological Survey and a group of Mississippi River city mayors at a press conference Monday (Sept. 16) to announce the launch of a new shipboard water quality monitoring system. The steam ship American Queen, where the press conference took place, is the first commercial vessel to mount the system.
  • Team Recognition

    IN THE PHOTO: Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller (fourth from left) poses with members of the District Team after presenting each with a Certificate of Appreciation and On-the-Spot Award for improving the District’s program and project delivery processes. During the presentation, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Donny Davidson (far left) recognized the group as “super troopers” and discussed how each person’s hard work and dedication supports and advances the District’s mission. Great job team!
  • District Commander on the road (Part 4)

    This is the fourth installment of Col. Zachary Miller’s recent road trip around the district. Another culvert project was the impetus for this stop. Bobby Carlyle from our Caruthersville Area Office was also the USACE point man on this job. The Mound City to Cairo Levee is located along the Ohio River in the southern tip of Illinois and protects Mound City and Pulaski County, Ill. This project will replace an existing 30-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe with a 48-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe. The culvert will also feature a flap gate to prevent backflow when water is high, and a sluice gate to prevent reverse flow.
  • District Commander on the road (Part 3)

    This is the third installment of Col. Zachary Miller’s recent road trip around the district. This time he viewed work to replace a number of culverts under a levee and perform other work near New Madrid, Mo. The 15-mile long Farrenburg levee reduces the risk of backwater flooding along St. John’s Bayou. The project now underway will renovate and replace 18 culverts that cross under the levee. The purpose of the culverts are to keep flood waters out of the protected area, then allow any interior captured water to drain when water levels drop.
  • Keating, Taylor selected for MVD Emerging Leader Program

    Memphis District employees Danny Keating and Matthew Taylor received word earlier this month that they were selected to participate in the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) Emerging Leader Program. A letter from Division Commander Maj. Gen. R. Mark Toy stated, “Your selection was based upon your demonstrated ability and potential in the areas of leadership, development, and management.”
  • Welcome to the District team

    Welcome to the District team Shanon Fortolis and Jeremy Ruffell
  • District Commander on the road (Part 2)

    This is the second installment of Col. Zachary Miller’s recent road trip around the district. At this stop he had opportunity to see and learn about Eastern Arkansas’ Marked Tree Siphons (or syphons) – a flood control facility the Memphis District built 80 years ago that is still in operation today!
  • District Commander on the road (Part I)

    Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller recently spent the better part of a week traveling through the district to view work in progress and meet with our many partners and stakeholders. We’ll follow along in this series of brief articles and photos.
  • Corps completes Randolph-Hatchie project

    The Memphis District completed final stone placement and final inspection for the Randolph-Hatchie Towhead Dike Construction project on Sep. 6. The project, located in Tipton County, Tennessee at Mississippi River mile 772, upstream of Richardson Landing Casting Field assists in maintaining a safe and reliable navigation channel for commercial towboats traveling on this particular area of the river. The District completed the $4.9 million Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Project funded work as part of its navigation channel improvement responsibilities.
  • Boyd takes ‘Taking Care of People’ to heart

    We hear a lot these days about the importance of taking care of people. Revolving Fund Accountant Christopher Boyd recently translated this from mere words into valuable actions.
  • District employees receive stormwater training

    Forty-one employees from across the District participated in a class at Ensley Engineer Yard (EEY) Sept. 4 preparing them to receive stormwater certification. Memphis District Stormwater Coordinator Conrad Stacks organized the class taught by Tom Lawrence on behalf of Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control.
  • Bailey Hunt receives Commander’s Award

    Real Estate Review Appraiser Bailey Hunt received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Sept. 9, for work he performed for the Memphis District from May 2018 through September 2019. District Commander Col. Zachary Miller presented the award in his office, with Hunt’s Real Estate coworkers in attendance.
  • Welcome Home Daniel Rocha

    Memphis District Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Nathan Molica (left) and Jordan Bledsoe (right) greet Daniel Rocha upon his return home from a two year deployment with Task Force Essayons in Iraq. There he served as the Engineering Branch chief, a role for which he earned the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
  • Art Hamm retires after 63-year of combined federal service

    Memphis District employee Art Hamm retired on Friday, Aug. 30, capping an amazing 63 years of federal service. Before coming to work for the Memphis District in 1979, Hamm served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an electronic technician at locations around the world including service in the Vietnam War. Following his retirement from the Air Force he completed another 40 years of service as an electronic industrial controls mechanic for the Memphis District.
  • Memphis District Power Team deploys for Hurricane Dorian response

    Thirteen members of the Memphis District’s Power Planning and Response Team (PRT) deployed to South Carolina over the last few days to provide temporary emergency power in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
  • Rowland earns Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

    Seth Rowland, a legal assistant summer hire, was awarded the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service just before returning to his studies at the University of Memphis School of Law. Rowland earned the medal for providing expert “legal computer engineering in supporting multiple takings lawsuits totaling over $1 billion in government exposure.”
  • August

    Trotters seepage remediation project underway

    Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller visited the Trotters Seepage Remediation Project on Aug. 26 to view work progress. The work site is located in Tunica County, Miss., near the community of Trotters. The project’s purpose is to reduce seepage under the Mississippi River levee to protected areas and prevent sand boil activity during periods of high water. The contractor, VuConn, LLC, is building a compacted earthen berm in an approximately 47-acre area in the bend of the levee. They are also installing six relief wells to relieve pressure in the aquifer during periods of high water. The existing drainage ditches will direct water to a pump station south of the project area where it can be transferred back into the river.