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Archive: August, 2019
  • 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.
  • Survey Boat Clark repaired at Corps’ Ensley Engineer Yard

    A small army of skilled workers is completing work on the Rock Island District’s Survey Boat Clark after divers recovered it from a watery grave. Here’s what happened.
  • Caruthersville Area Office team members recognized

    Area Engineer Daimon McNew recognized members of the Caruthersville Area Office team, Joanie Dodson, Michael Mann, and Ben Baddour, for their dedicated service during a Aug. 2 luncheon at Reelfoot Lake. McNew presented Joanie Dodson with the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award upon her retirement, culminating 37 years of service. McNew also presented Michael Mann with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. And, he presented Ben Baddour with his Five Years Length of Service Certificate.
  • Douglas earns Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

    Workforce Development Specialist Wendy Douglas received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service during a Human Resources Forum Aug. 26. Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller presented the award that recognized her work from February 2018 through August 2019. The citation accompanying the award praises her “… persistent hard work, and technical expertise resulted in success of the District’s Workforce Management. She greatly improved the District’s hiring process, enabled the District to grow personnel end strength, and managed the training program for 100% of the District’s employees.” Douglas is leaving the Memphis District soon for a promotion with the Internal Revenue Service office in Memphis.
  • Memphis District awards contract for new dragline machine

    The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on July 10, 2019, awarded a $15 million contract to construct a new dragline machine to Seatrax, Inc., of Houston, Texas. Procurement of this new machine represents Phase I of a project to replace the current dragline machine. Workers will eventually mount the machine on a barge, allowing it to work from the river. A separate contract for the barge is set to open bids on Sept. 11, 2019.