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Inside This Issue: Major Maintenance on Lock and Dam System Crosscurrents Vol. 8 No. 2 February 1985 Maj, David (Mike) Nelson ros pm sttien New Deputy Commander Arrives Maj, David (Mike) Nelson is the St Paul Districr’s mew deputy com: mander. Nelson arrived at the district office on January 15, from Fort Belvoir, ‘Va. “in the few weeks that I have been here, my opportunities to observe the district have been limited. However from what I have seen, there 1s 2 very professional staff in the St. Paul District ‘who have ingenuity and are highly mo- tivated. | am eager and look forward {0 ‘working with the staff of the district,” Nelson sai. Bom is Seattle, Wash,, Nelson lived in Fairbanks, Alasia from 1951 until he ‘was drafted in 1968, He was commis: sioned through officer candidate ‘school (OCS) and attended helicopter flight school before going to Vietnam, He was selected 10 attend the Univer: sity of Missouri at Rolla where he earned a bachelor degree in engineer ing management. His other assign: ments include Ft. Carson, Colo, ‘Augsburg, Germany and ROTC at Fort Wayne, Ind. Prior to arriving in the St Paul District, Nelson was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va, where he was chief general engineering branch, Depart: ment of Training and ‘Doctrine (DOT), His wife Carol and their three chil- ‘dren — Brian, 12; Bryce, 9; and Rhian ‘non (Annie), 5 — should arrive here in ‘March, Flood Exercise Scheduled A floodfight exercise will be held in mid-March to test the new emergency operation center (EOC) in room 1308, About 20 district personne! will be in- volved in this exercise. The primary goal of the exercise will be to review newly developed stan dard operating procedures (SOP) for floodfight operations. These proce: dures are guidelines that explain the responsibility of each individual in- volved. They also explain what proce- dures should be taken when different events occur. “We are anticipating that our new computer will be operational for this ‘exercise,” said Ben Wopat, chief of the emergency management division “The automated system will allow sev: eral EOC staff members to access a centralized data bank to review perti- nent information concerning such things as river levels, forecasts afd stages, the number of personnel, equipment and funds available and more” For the floodiight exercise, a field office will be se-up on the 10th foor and will exchange messages with the district EOC, Aficr the exercise has been com: pleted, a debriefing session will be held. “This session will give us a chance to review the strong and weak points of the floodfight SOP and auto- ‘mated EOC,” Ben said, Crosseurrents February 1985 Commander’s Viewpoint The deterioration of the Nation’s infrastructure — our roads and bridges — have received increased attention in recent years. From coast t0 coast, many of the systems we, as a Nation, rely upon are old and in need of exten sive repair and modernization, The St. Paul District has its own infrastructure problems — the lock and dam system on the Mississippi River. By any measurement, the most valuable national asset in this region is the upper Mississippi River lock and dam system, AS with any valuable asset, We need To keep it in good con. dition. Most of the locks and dams on the upper Mississippi were con: structed about 50 years ago. Si then, routine and minor maintenance has been done 10 keep the system op- erating. But now most of the locks and. dams require more major repairs and ‘modemization. This process. started with our very successful rehabilitation of Locks and Dam No. 1 and must con- tinue on down the system. by Col. Edward G. Rapp District Commander This year, we are starting work on Lock and Dam No, 2 in Hastings, Mian., and Lock and Dam No, 10 in Guten berg, Lowa. These projects are just 6wo. more steps in our program to keep the Mississippi River transportation. sys- tem operating safely and as efficiently 4s possible. The remaining locks and dams need major rehabilitation as well Rehabilitation of our locks and dams will require substantial resources in. both time and money. This is a good. ‘investment and essential to the contin- uued operation of the lock and dam sys: em. It will help assure that economi- cal transportation continues to be available to the people of this region Jor generations t come. To Date, the United States has spent approximately §1 billion constructing, muincaining and operating his naviga- tion system. That is a lot of money. But the return on this investment has been. nearly $10 billion in. goods and serv. ces added to the Gross National Prod: uct — a 10 to | return on investment This is probably the best nation-build- ing investment ever made in the re gion My reason for discussing this with you in this issue of Crosscurrents is important. The engineer family under stands the value Of the Upper Missis sippi River lock and dam system but most members of the public do not. ‘You can help his situation, By mentioning the river transports- tion system, its value to the region and. nation, and the need to help keep it well maintained, when you talk with your friends and acquaintances, you ‘can help spread the word on this valu: able national asset. Any brief mention fon your part will help make people more aware of the Mississippi River transportation system and of its value to the Nation. CCroscurrents i an wncicial publication suhoriced under the provisions of AR Soo-s1- 1s papusiea monthly Dy ofset Jor te St Pau Distct, US. Army Corps of Engineers Baioral wews and opinions ‘expressed are not necessarily those ofthe Corps of Engineers or the Department of the Army. Deane er sibmiteng articles ‘She 150 ofthe month preceding publ Addeess:Faitor, Cosscurtents, US. Ary (Corps of Engincers, 1135 US. Post Off & Custom Howse, 5. Paul, MN 55101, Dunct Engneer.... Col toward Rapp (Chet, Public Alas Kennon Gartner Editar Pamela McFaden Mississippi Traffic The number of vessels and the amount of goods being locked through the lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi River decreased in 1984 from 1983, For example, at Upper St Anthony Falls, 4.712 vessels locked through in 1983 compared to 3,621 in 1984. Lock and Dam No, 6 had 8,213 vessels lock through in 1983 com: pared to 7,377 vessels in 1984, According to Jim Forsyth, transpor tation analyst, barge trafic has de creased because Of bv0 reasons, Firs coal for electric power generation is, now being brought in from the west by. rail Decause ic is Cleaner and cheaper than the coal from the south and west which is more often shipped by barge. Secondly, the Payment In Kind pro- gram resulted in farmers shipping large amounts of stored grain in 1983. In 1984, the reduced amounts of stored grain and the strong US. dollar Decreases Jed to a reduction in grain exported. The only two sites to have more tonnage locked through in 1984 were upper and lower St. Anthony Falls “More fertilizer from Canada is being shipped through Minneapolis,” Jim said. “In addition, cement and steel is being barged into the Minneapolis area for industrial use.” ‘The number of recreation vessels also decreased in 1984 from 1983. Ac. cording to Frank Star, outdoor recre ation planner, there were several rea sons for the decrease in recreational vessels. The Mississippi River was un usually high for a long period of time and did not reach normal levels until Inte in the season. Other reasons in: cluded poor fishing, bad weather on the weekends and the July 4th holiday falling in the middle of the week and not on a weekend, Grosseurrents February 1985 Employees Focus on Weighty Problem Tip & kip” oF 1,000 pounds. This 1s the grand total which St. Paul District, employees hope to lose during the dis ict’ first “weigh off.” Sponsored by the Feds for Fitness committee, the “weigh-off” started with a weigh-in on December 17 for the more than 100 Participants. The contest will end 10 ‘weeks later on February 25. Since the weigh-in Was just before Christmas, all weight lost during the “weigh-off? will be uc loss, not just pounds gained over the holidays, To help motivate the “weigh-off” participants, they haye been organized into seven-person teams with names like “Rapp’s Hammers” and the “Pud. gles.” Feds for Fines commitee members running the contest admit that the team names may of may not accurately reflect the team’s philoso- phy or approach to the contest. After the final “weigh-in” on Febru: ary 25, awards will be presented 10 teams and individuals for their accom- plishments. Awards categories include {toual team loss, total team loss as a per- centage of team weight and greatest individual loss, New Assistant Engineering Chief Harlen Briggs, the chief of program. ‘ming and development in the Rock Is- land District, will be training as assis tant chief of the engineering division in the St. Paul District. Harlen, who ar- rived in the district oa February 1, is receiving his training through the ex ecutive development program, He will be in the district for approximately four months before returning to the Rock Island District. Harlen L. Briggs mv wy nos etusn Who’s Moved Where? Hey, where’s everyone going? That has been the question lately in the district office. It all began in December when the illustrator left the 15th oor and rejoined the design branch on the 13th floor. In order to make room for the illustrator the ‘civil and sanitary team of the design branch moved into the old printing area of reprographics The hydrology section will be moving into room 1303 which was the Coast Guards office. Soon to follow will be the branch chief and clerical staff for the geotechnical, hydraulics and hydrologic engineering branch, They will move into rooms 1515, 1516 and 1517 toward the end of February. To complicate matters even more, the project management branch will move into room 1404 from the 13th floor. The branch will also move the military mission section of their office into room 1416, In the meantime, the emergency management division plans on moving into rooms 1308 and 1309 from the 15th floor. However, supply and procurement will be expanding their office into part of room 1308 with some modifications being made Meanwhile, the finance and accounting section will move the disbursing s¢c- tion into room 1416a alter the Kodak copier is moved into room 1410. ‘The moving should come to an end by the end of February and with any luck everything should be back to normal for the district office. Observing Black History Month “The Afro-American Family: Histori ‘cal Strength for the New Century” is the theme for lick history month which began on February 1. The Corps will have informative displays in the ‘main lobby, credit union and on the 12th floor. ‘Two movies that will be shown on February 20 and 21 are: Bill Cosby in “On Predjudice” and Lor. raine Hansberry on “The Black Experi ence in the Creation of Drama.” Free coffee and cake will be served. The films will be shown continuously throughout the noon hours and every: ‘one is encouraged to bring 2 brown ‘bag lunch. Further information will be posted on the bulleuin boards,