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Riverside May 2002

Offices On
the Move

hard-choice mission
Vignes: three
siblings adopted
Carrollton Gage
mance. A learning organization is a non-threatening, empowering
culture where leadership, management and the work force are
focused on continually developing organizational competence.”
Why is this something that USACE needs to pursue? And why
will the chief place so much emphasis on this? The reality is that
there are a number of things changing around us. Like what?
There is increased scrutiny of our efforts by Congress, OMB, the
media and interest groups. We are taking on increased responsi-
bilities as stewards of the environment. We have more multi-
stakeholder planning and collaboration to deal with. And we have
challenges maintaining talent in the Corps, with the loss of experi-
enced people and too few mid-level replacements (as well as
Lane Lefort more competition for the available talent). We must be able to
respond given the realities of this new environment. These
realities all affect us here within our district, some more so than
others. In order to adapt to these changes the Corps must
become a learning organization.
Col. Thomas F. Julich How will this affect us here in our day-to-day efforts? An
example might make it clearer.
USACE: A Learning Organization Take a look at how we’re incorporating some of the concepts
of a learning organization in our district through our efforts on the
This past week I attended the ENFORCE
Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Study. You already know of the
conference at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Lt.
tremendous loss of coastal marsh in Louisiana. LCA is the effort
Gen. Flowers, chief of engineers, brings all his
we have developed, along with the state and our federal partners,
district engineers and SES’s together once a
to get a large-scale program authorized and implemented to
year to discuss the latest issues inside the Corps.
address these tremendous losses. A program like this requires
One of the key themes discussed by the chief at
large appropriations over multiple years, and it means the national
this year’s ENFORCE was the need for
will must be there for it to become a reality. Early on in the LCA
USACE to become a “learning organization.”
study process we realized that an example already exists of how a
He will be emphasizing this theme in the coming
large program like this can be authorized. The Everglades in
year. I want to at least introduce you to what
Florida was a program authorized by WRDA 2000. We set out to
the chief means by this, and then provide more
find what we could learn from their successful effort. We met
information about it later.
and shared ideas with state and local officials from the state of
So what is a learning organization? Accord-
Florida, Jacksonville District, and some of our federal partners.
ing to a recent USACE document, it is one that
We have applied many of the lessons learned that came out of
“learns from its experience of what works and
what does not work. The goal of learning is
See GAGE, page 3
increased innovation, effectiveness and perfor-

Riverside Riverside
Authorization: The New Orleans District
May 2002 Vol. 13 No. 5 RIVERSIDE is an unofficial publication
Commander authorized under the provisions of AR 360-
1. Views and opinions expressed are not
Col. Thomas F. Julich necessarily those of the Corps of Engineers
Public Affairs Chief or the Department of the Army. Comics
Jim Addison reprinted by permission of United Features.
Lane Lefort

Acting Editor Submissions: Articles and story ideas

Eric S. Lincoln are welcome; publication depends on
Contributing Writers general interest as judged by the editor.
Terri Jackson, Amanda McLain, Direct queries to the editor by calling Engineering’s Chris Alfonso
(504) 862-2201or e-mail
Janet Cruppi moves boxes in preparation for
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2 Riverside May 2002

Communities, Corps
utilize LCA public
scoping meetings
By Terri Jackson

tions,” Klein
he Louisiana Coastal Area
(LCA) Comprehensive Study
recently got started with
goals to sustain functions and values
of the coastal ecosystem, restore
meeting began
the ecosystem to the highest practi-
with a brief
cal acreage of productive and

Lane Lefort
description of
diverse wetland, and attain multiple-
the PSEIS, the
use benefits for all wetlands,
Corps’ study
communities and industries on the
process and
the many study Thibodaux citizens listen to Bill Klein explain Coast 2050
“The National Environmental strategies at one of six recent LCA scoping meetings.
Policy Act requires the Corps to
under consid-
carry out a scoping process,” said consider in the PSEIS and the
eration. Corps employees were
William Klein, EIS manager. The study process?
joined by other federal and state
process is designed to provide early “I was highly impressed with how
representatives; members of the
and open means of determining the knowledgeable the audiences
public were divided into smaller
scope of issues to be identified and were,” said Klein. “The scoping
groups. “With audiences ranging
addressed in the draft programmatic meetings were more than success-
from 15-50 people, dividing them
supplemental environmental impact ful. [They] possessed an unprec-
into small groups gave everyone the
statement (PSEIS). edented interagency cooperation
opportunity to voice their opinions,”
To get started, a series of public between the Corps and outside
said Klein.
scoping meetings were held April agencies I have never seen before.”
Group participants were given the
15-24 to solicit input from the public The public had until May 9 to
following focus questions to discuss:
on which regional ecosystem submit their written comments. The
restoration strategy should be given D What are the most important Corps will now distribute a scoping
the highest priority. The six meet- issues, resources and impacts that report summarizing the significant
ings were held in locations that we should consider in the PSEIS issues and concerns expressed at
represent the major hydrologic and the study process? the scoping meetings.
regions of the coast. D Are there any other Coast
“We wanted to have meetings in 2050 coastwide or regional
places that would be directly strategies or modifications to
affected by our studies and ac- existing strategies that we should

GAGE, from page 2 for Civil Works, and the state others.
these meetings to our efforts here Department of Natural Resources. I don’t use the examples above
on the LCA. One of the ASA(CW) representa- to say that we have already
Becoming a learning organiza- tives indicated to me that it is very arrived as a learning organization.
tion also means freely sharing our possible that our work on LCA will But I do believe that we already
efforts with others. Recently we be replicated across the country on have many of the concepts
held an LCA meeting here with a number of restoration efforts that embedded in our district culture,
personnel from MVD, USACE are just getting underway. When and we will be ready to support
headquarters, the Office of the we are successful with LCA, we the chief to make the Corps a
Assistant Secretary of the Army will share our lessons learned with learning organization.

Riverside May 2002 3

foster child,
his two

Courtesy photo
to be foster parents, which the state first
encourages for people who want to adopt.
Julie and Ray took in Christian, now age
Kaila, Christian and Kaycee are the newest members of the Vignes family. 9, their first foster child, when he was 4,
hoping they could eventually adopt him.
By Amanda McLain Julie was at work when she found out. “An hour later, I

was at home with a 4-year-old boy,” Julie said. The
ulie Vignes, operations manager for the Atchafalaya
help of her family and friends made the transition of
River Basin, recently celebrated the adoption of
getting Christian overnight easier.
three children.
Christian also had two sisters in another foster family,
The three children are siblings, and were separated in
and two years later, Julie and her husband adopted all
foster homes for several years before the adoption.
Although Julie and her husband Ray did not set out to
It took another two years, for a total of four, to finalize
adopt three children, they did not hesitate to take them
everything in January this year.
all. The boy had already lived with them for two years
All three children handled the change well and were
when all of the children became eligible for adoption.
happy to be reunited. The girls, Kaycee and Kaila, ages
Julie said adopting these children is the most reward-
5 and 6, were also happy for another reason. Their
ing thing she and her husband have ever done.
foster parent was a single mom with another child of her
The couple first decided to adopt a child several years
own, and the girls said she treated them like foster
children instead of members of the family. They feel the
“It is the absolute most rewarding adoption has given them a real family for the first time.
The children’s biological mother raised them alone, so
thing you could ever do.” this is the first time they’ve ever had a father. They had
some visitation with her earlier, but they view Julie and
her husband as their parents.
ago after Julie found out she was unable to have chil-
Julie said her and her husband’s families have been
dren. Julie said, “I guess more than wanting to deliver
very supportive, treating the children like anyone else in
our own baby, we wanted to raise a family and adoption
the family. The couple has received a great deal of
is a great way to do that.” No one in their families had
support from their friends, including Julie’s co-workers,
ever adopted a child before, so they did not know what
who've helped by giving them much needed toys and
to expect, but they agreed it was the best thing to do.
Julie said they tried several adoption groups before
Julie added, “I would encourage anyone who enjoys
finally deciding to adopt through the state where there
children and has the greatest gift of all to offer – love –
were more children available. “We were also taken in
to consider taking in a child. It is the absolute most
by the fact that there were children out there just
rewarding thing you could ever do.”
basically waiting already,” she said. After going through
a state training program, they were given the opportunity

4 Riverside May 2002

Real Estate’s reorganized Acquisition
Branch has Esprit de Corps
By Janet Cruppi

eal Estate Division has lected two new team leaders: Dawn dredging, Support for Others, and
undergone some big changes Lambert, Team A leader with over CWPPRA.
in the last few years and is 22 years at MVN; and Gloria Just, The goal of this branch is to
now composed of four branches: Team B leader with 21 years. In this service customers effectively and
1. Local Sponsor and Inleasing article, Cruppi explains the specifics efficiently. In support of the Project
Acquisition Branch (previously a of the LS&I Acquisition Branch. Management Business Process,
section of Acquisition Branch) D they have just recently published
2. Direct Federal Acquisition Generally, LS&I acquires rights- right of entry guidelines to assist
Branch (also previously a section of of-way and performs relocation customers in requesting rights of
Acquisition Branch) services for the non-federal spon- entry in the most complete and
sors. They also perform the expeditious way. A copy of these
3. Appraisal & Planning Branch
inleasing function for NOD—their guidelines was sent to Engineering
(previously Appraisal Branch, now
realty specialists search for office, Division, Operations Division and
with the planning function)
radio tower and warehouse space PMD in November 2001.
4. Management, Disposal & Once fully staffed, the branch will
that NOD needs to lease for offsite
Control Branch, (previously Man- consist of a secretary, typist, parale-
equipment and offices (e.g., the
agement & Disposal Branch, now gal, three attorney-advisors and 11
Lafayette office, special land use
with the control function) realty specialists who work closely
permits, etc.).
In May 2001, Janet Cruppi was with PMD and MVN’s non-federal
Some currently ongoing projects
promoted to chief of LS&I Acquisi- sponsors in the acquisition of all
include SELA, hurricane protection,
tion Branch after 23 years of
CAP, Coast 2050, maintenance
service with the district. She se- See ESPRIT, page 9

TALKBACK, from page 12 can’t afford that gas and there might pass laws and regulations to solve
be a truly less costly alternative like the problem. Then they will
the big picture. We often make walking, biking, solar, wind or complain about the inconvenience
decisions based on the financial hydrogen energy. The true cost of of the laws in their lives and the
bottom line. The problem is that our dream home on three acres of bureaucracy of big government.
the bottom line most people use is lawn in the country with two SUV’s Personally, I’ve come to recognize
an incomplete accounting sheet. It in the garage and a 60-minute the relative ineffectiveness of
doesn’t include debits from soil commute to work may convince us regulations and government
erosion, loss of water quality, loss of the foolishness of that dream and agencies toward the problems they
of wildlife habitat, and many other motivate us to buy smaller homes in were meant to solve. I also don’t
minute details that add up to a smaller, more manageable and want to lose the liberties guaran-
huge loss. It also doesn’t include sustainable communities where we teed by the Constitution. There-
the deposit made by good practices can work, play, raise our families fore, I choose to try to make
toward these same items. and sustain ourselves more indepen- environmentally responsible
We complain when a gallon of dently. choices even when the law doesn’t
gas costs us $1.50. In reality, the We can chose to take responsibil- require them. I try to remember to
cost should be $2, $3 or even $5 ity as individuals, make better keep my eye on the environmental
per gallon if we figured in the choices in each of our own lives and bottom line and keep the balance in
environmental losses involved in work to educate and encourage the black. That way my children
finding, pumping, transporting, others through our example. If won’t have to pay the debt I’ve
refining, then releasing the exhaust individuals don’t want that responsi- accrued through foolishness.
and fumes back into the atmo- bility but still want environmental
sphere. If we had to pay the true protection, they will continue to Cody S. Wheeler
cost, we might decide that we complain to the government and Regulatory Branch, Lafayette

Riverside May 2002 5

MVN offices
on the move

Lane Lefort
Scott Riecke
Ripped-up carpet, Magic Movers, temporary
directional signs and piles of stuff are all over the
district lately, symbols of the office relocations
many employees are facing.
Lane Lefort
Scott Riecke

The map room is the exception, having moved from
Room 205 to 106 to be co-located with the library.
Robert Fairless, assistant chief of engineering, said
By Eric Lincoln
that since their office was asked to provide some of

he recent opening of the new Coast 2050 its existing space for OC and PA, they wanted to
office, plus other demands and additions in develop a plan that provided a decrease in ED’s
PMD, have resulted in an ongoing massive space requirements and allocated remaining space
relocation of other offices in the building, from sec- more equitably among their various branches.
tions in Engineering Division to the district library. “To minimize the disruption as much as possible,
Affected offices so far include Information Man- we were able to combine these moves with the re-
agement, the library, PMD, Real Estate, Engineering carpeting of the offices and the installation of parti-
Division, Public Affairs, Office of Counsel and tions with upgraded electrical circuits,” Fairless said.
Contracting Division. Additionally, Public Affairs moved from 350 to 326
According to Shelton Kennedy, chief of Facility and to allow Office of Counsel to expand and make room
Services Branch, the moves were primarily needed to for four new lawyers.
make room for the Colocation 2050 Team, now in According to Denise Frederick, deputy district
Room 137. counsel, Counsel needed more space to accommodate
IM was the first to reorganize its office space and the new lawyers and part of an administrative support
become more centralized, compressing itself into staff.
Room 196. The walls between 348 and 350 “have come tum-
ED was already in the process of structuring its bling down,” said Frederick, and though the entrance
offices to keep its branches all on one floor. General to OC will still be at 348, “the look will be different.”
Engineering, for example, which was split between “The additional space finally allows for an entrance
the third and first floors, was moved to the second
See MOVING, page 9

6 Riverside May 2002

The Environmental Side
By Amanda McLain of Regulatory
he Regulatory Branch is not an “You’re trying to determine that the modified before they are approved.
easy place to work for its 50 or so benefits of the proposed action are going Many people do not realize this fact and
employees. As Pete Serio, chief to outweigh the detriment that’s caused continue to worry that the branch is
of the Western Evaluation Section, said, to the wetland resources,” said Ronnie carelessly impacting the environment.
“You have to like Regulatory to work in Duke, chief of the Eastern Evaluation These concerns come from other
it.” This is because of the large work Section. They look at the long and short- government agencies as well as groups
load (the branch issued 4,063 permits last term effects of any permit before of private individuals.
year alone) and the controversial nature coming to a decision. Some federal government agencies,
of the job. Permit applicants often complain to such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Everyday, they make decisions that the branch. Serio said, “A big challenge Service and EPA, have commenting
don't make everybody happy. Although is trying to give the people a fair and rights on permits and participate in the
not every permit application has prob- timely decision.” A large work load and public notices. They are able to com-
lems, about 600 a year do. They are the the environmental considerations take ment on or object to any application
individual permits that can take three or time, he said. That, along with the being considered. The branch takes
four months to go through, instead of the modifications that are frequently made to these agencies’ comments into consider-
two or three weeks it usually takes for a the applicant’s original plan, upsets many ation when it makes its final decision, but
general permit. For these individual people. sometimes comes to a different conclu-
permits, they feel pressure from the Applicants are not the only people sion. When any of these state or
public, government agencies and special who may be upset with Regulatory government agencies disagree with the
interest groups. during the application process and about decision, they can appeal to a level
The permit applicant argues that the the result. Despite the consideration the higher than the district.
regulations are too strict and the process branch gives the environment, there are Other government agencies are given
takes too long, while the environmental- often many people who feel the environ- special responsibilities as custodians of
ists say the Corps issues too many ment is suffering too much because of natural resources, such as endangered
permits. The employees of the Regula- the permits being issued. Many environ- species, that may be impacted by
tory Branch must deal with this pressure mentalists complain that the Corps never development. Private environmentalist
and balance what is good for the denies a permit. It is true that less than organizations, however, or other groups
environment one percent of the permit formed by members of the public, can
with what is applications that go before only object to a permit or suggest
good for the Regulatory are denied. changes; they cannot have the final
public. However, about 80 decision appealed. The decision is
“You’re percent of the permits are ultimately in the hands of Regulatory.
trying to get the Everyone has an opinion about which
applicant a Pete Serio (left) and permits Regulatory should issue, and
viableproject, Ronnie Duke (bottom) they have no problem letting their
but at the same and their two branch opinions be known. It can be difficult to
time trying to sections handle over work at a job where no one is ever
avoidimpacting 4,000 permits a year. completely satisfied. Duke said, “You
as many know you have a job to do, and you have
wetlands as certain regulation guidelines that you’ve
possible,”Serio got to follow.” They use these guide-
said. lines and comments from the public and
When a new other agencies to make a fair decision.
permit application comes in, Regulatory This does not stop any of the phone calls
evaluates it to see what modifications from angry people who disagree with
may need to be made before the permit these decisions, but it does help to make
can be issued. The quality of air and this very difficult job a little easier to
water, as well as noise considerations, handle.
drainage and the impact on fish and
wildlife are all part of the decision.

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anice Williams (RE), Take our Daughters / Sons to wear a personal flotation
Work Day organizer, with the Federal Women’s device, and from there the
Program Committee, said that the 37 children who group split up and went for a
arrived this year to experience an adult workday at the tour, organized by Stephen
Corps had “an enthusiastic response.” Slumber (OD), of either the
The group started off the morning April 25 with Dredge Wheeler or Motor
Michael Maples (IM) who gave a brief overview of the Vessel Alexander. Captain Pat
Corps. Then with the help of Tutashinda Salaam (ED) Dempsey piloted the Alexander
and Judy Arnold (ED) the kids built their own Web pages while Michelle Spraul (OD) explained the equipment for
that answered the question, “What would you do if you hydrographic surveying. Beatriz Perez (OD) and Annette
were principal for a day?” (Almost everyone wanted the Chioma (OD) spoke about different career options.
day off.) With Mike Ducarpe (OD) chaperoning, the kids
Tina Landry (ED) and Don Schneider (OD) next led returned to the meeting room and answered questions for
several groups on a walk around of the district, demon- door prizes on what they learned. Williams said, “We
strating one of the ways we can use the Global Position- tried to incorporate Lt. Gen. Flowers’ Strategic Vision,
ing System, and Steve Russo (ED) had a surveying rod ‘People, Process and Communication,’ in all of the
and level set up for the students to look through. Susan planning for this.”
Hennington (OD) then demonstrated how to properly Wheeler crewmembers who participated were:
Montague Hall III, John Bochynski Jr., John Shinners,
Vivian Gianelloni III and William Rhea.

Take our Daughters/

Sons to Work Day
enjoyable for all
Though kids agree a day
off is best medicine

8 Riverside May 2002

All photos, Lane Lefort

MOVING, from page 6 pains and grateful that our employees have maintained
a sense of humor and admirable tolerance for
area which we hope our visitors will find more inviting,” cramped working conditions,” she said. “Our thanks
Frederick said. to LMO for their ongoing assistance during the
Frederick also cited some of the pros and cons for renovations.”
moving. While her staff will have more work space Contracting Division has obtained additional staff
(some are currently utilizing part of the law library as allocations as well, and needs more space.
“offices”), they will also have the disruption that Plans are for the district library to move from Room
comes with packing supplies, relocating employees 389 to the first floor within about six weeks.
and inevitable down time—and all on top of a bur- Offices that still need to be re-located include OC,
geoning work load. ED and PMD (PMD and RE will soon utilize the
However, Fredrick remains upbeat. “With the end space vacated by the library).
in sight, we are happy to suffer through the growing Kennedy says that all offices should be moved to
their new positions by Oct. 30.

ESPRIT, from page 5

estate acquisition process and how to better service
lands, easements and rights-of-way needed for construc- customers, thereby expanding the expertise level
tion of civil works projects. throughout the branch.
Branch employees are dedicated to the Corps vision of The branch has a very diverse work force and is
People, Process and Communication. The branch constantly sharing lessons learned with each other, other
conducts monthly meetings with all branch members to elements of MVN and sponsors. Branch members strive
discuss areas of concern, along with the standardization to show esprit de Corps at every opportunity.
of processes. These meetings provide training in the real

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NOD at Work
people came to learn more about
Operations enhancement and habitat protec-
for Region 4, which includes
SUNKEN BARGE — Operations Calcasieu. Klein and Senio
tion for migratory birds on Grand
Division was forced to seize a Study Manager Troy
Isle, the importance of Grand
sunken barge on April 12 along Constance made stops last
Isle for birds during migration,
the Algiers Canal, near the month for other public meetings
and the economic importance of
intersection with the Harvey in Belle Chasse, Hammond,
nature-based tourism. There
Canal, after the owner failed to Thibodaux and Morgan City.
was a lot of interest in several
remove it and another barge of the Corps projects at Grand
carrying sulphuric acid struck it, Isle, including the breakwaters, Public Affairs
spilling about five gallons. The marsh creation at Grand Terre CAREER LUNCHEON — Partners
Coast Guard closed the entire Island and the restoration of in Education arranged for a free
Algiers Canal around the barge Queen Bess Island. meal and career discussion on
to allow a contractor about 10 April 18 between UNO students
days to cut it up for removal.
Attempts to get it out in one
Project Management and engineers Christopher
Alfonso and Wilson Maloz.
piece failed. Since the Corps They talked with the students
was forced to intervene, barge informally over lunch about their
Cove area of the Atchafalaya
owner James Elliot will be careers and academic prepara-
Basin will be the sight of many
responsible for about $92,000 in tion. Alfonso said, “The experi-
water improvement projects this
costs. ence was enjoyable and I would
fall, including the blocking of
some channels and removal of recommend it for anyone inter-
SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS — ested in fostering development
The award for most on-site water obstructions, such as the
levees of dredged material left of young engineering talent …
student presentations in one There was a definite interest in
month goes to Emile Jacobs over by pipeline companies after
digging canals. Ben Skerret, coming to the Corps from stu-
(park ranger), who gave presen- dents at my table.”
tations in April about the Bonnet committee chairman, said the
Carré Spillway to a combined work in Buffalo Cove has been
total of about 500 kids at discussed, planned and debated
for more than 30 years. Seven AROUND THE DISTRICT,
Meisler, Henry W. Allen, from page 11
Audubon, Hurst and Norco million dollars in federal funds
middle and elementary schools. has been secured for the
that life is not about what we
Mike Saucier and Casey projects. The Old River Control
want from others, it is about
Rowe participated in the Henry Structure, as well, began divert-
what others need from us that
W. Allen field trip and presenta- ing more river water into the
we can give. And you have
tion as well. A letter of appre- basin on May 9 in response to
certainly given to us in our time
ciation from Madge Borne, Gov. Foster’s request to in-
of need. Thank you.”
teacher at Audubon Elementary, crease water flow to prevent
reads, “Thank you, Corps of possible excessive fish and
crawfish kills. Farewell
Engineers, for instilling in our
to James Hill (SSO), whose
young people a real appreciation
SCOPING MEETINGS — William last day as chief of Safety,
of our tax dollars at work.” —
P. Kline Jr. presented the Security and Occupational
Lynn Tinto gave a presentation
general strategies of the Louisi- Health was April 25. Hill was
on coastal erosion and the
ana Coastal Area Comprehen- promoted to the position of
Mississippi River to five classes
sive Study on April 16 at a “retired” and moved to El
at Ben Franklin High School on
public scoping meeting at Paso, Tex.
Feb. 27. — Chris Brantley
McNeese State University. The to Terri S. Jackson (PA),
and Bob Martinson provided
meeting gave the public an who moved to the University of
public outreach at the annual
opportunity to suggest amend- Vermont on May 18 to begin
Grand Isle Migratory Bird
ments and additions to a list of work on her master’s degree.
Celebration on April 20 at the
Grand Isle School. About 300 23 regional ecosystem strategies

10 Riverside May 2002

Around the District
Corps and exemplifies leadership in the 21st Century,”
the nomination states.
to Terri S. Jackson (PA), who received her
bachelor’s of arts degree in English from Dillard Univer-
sity on May 11. She graduated magna cum laude with a
3.7 GPA.
to Margaret Tucker (CD), whose grandchildren
Ashley Arabi and Justin Bonnette graduated, respec-

Lane Lefort
tively, from Ursuline Academy and St. Agnes Grammar
to Ron Legendre (CD), whose son Scott was
married to Kathleen McAndrew on April 6.
MVN has a new face these days with the placement of to Michael Maples (IM), Anne Marino (IM) and
river rock and azaleas across the front of the building. Elena Napolitano (IM), for receiving Commanders
Awards for Civilian Service.
Congratulations to Jim Flock (ED) on the birth of his granddaughter,
Jordan Williams, 7 lbs., 8 oz., 19 inches, born on April 22
to the CWPPRA section, elevated to branch level on
to his daughter, Denise, and her husband Guy Williams.
May 5 when Col. Julich signed permanent orders and
to Larry Hayes (CD-Lafayette) and wife Peggy,
renamed the group the “Coastal Restoration Branch” of
whose daughter, Laurie, was accepted into the Louisiana
School for Math, Science and Arts in Natchitoches for
to Thomas Podany (PM), who was promoted to
her junior and senior years of high school. Laurie scored
assistant chief of Planning, Programs and Project
a 34 composite out of a possible 36 on her ACT and
Management Division in April.
1460 on her PSAT.
to Ann Donnelly (OD), whose sister, Jacqueline
Crepeau, was recently given the Civilian Service Medal
from the Department of the Army. Condolences
to Rob Dauenhauer (ED) and his wife, Jessica, on to Mike Pinto (ED), whose father, Manuel Pinto,
the birth of their first child, Kevin Michael, born April 3, died April 29.
weighing 9 lbs., 2 oz. to Rex Castleberry (OD), whose father, James
to Robert Schroeder (OD), the district’s nominee “Shorty” Castleberry, died April 5.
for the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris, Corps of Engineers to Shannon West (credit union) whose three-year-old
Civilian of the Year Award. Schroeder was recognized son, Patrick Jr., died in an automobile accident on May
for, among other things, his 39 years with the Corps, his 7. Condolences also to Shannon’s sister Jamie Kober
skill as a leader, his work with the Breton Island restora- (credit union), Shannon’s mother, Bonnie Obiol (OD)
tion and the Mentoring Program, and his dedication to and stepfather, Barry Obiol (OD). An S-all email from
the success of projects such as the Atchafalaya Basin Barry read: “It is in these times that it becomes obvious
Floodway System, for which the Corps received its first-
ever award from the Sierra Club. “He is an asset to the See AROUND THE DISTRICT, page 10

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a c k
l k B Last month we

solicited your comments on

“Saving the Coast.” Cody Wheeler IDEAS PRINTED
(Lafayette, Regulatory Branch) believes it starts
with focusing on the “environmental bottom line.” AND

Take responsibility expensive when required of themselves.


he loss of Just yesterday, a gentleman who FOR AN ENTIRE
coastal wetlands illegally logged and cleared some longleaf MONTH
can’t be attributed pine savannah wetlands in northern
to any single cause. We Calcasieu parish asked me what he did
wrong. “Why did this work matter when RESPOND BY
all contribute to their
destruction in many we are losing acres of coastal marshes June14
different and often everyday? After all, nothing lives in those
unapparent ways. The little puddles” he said. I explained to him LET US KNOW WHAT
solution can’t come from that the actions of himself and everyone YOU THINK ABOUT
any single individual, organization, project else from the coast up to Canada contrib- THIS MONTH'S
or effort. The solution will require that ute to the loss of coastal wetlands. The Talk Back TOPIC:
each individual, family, business, organiza- sediment from his property could be
washed into the local stream during a
tion, community and state recognize their
thunderstorm then flow downstream to the
contribution to the problem, accept respon-
Calcasieu River then down to the bay
sibility for it, and take action to correct their E NVIRONMENT
mistakes. where that sediment would be deposited.
As a botanist in the Corps’ wetland That sediment would muddy the water;
Regulatory Branch, I have the opportunity encourage algae and phytoplankton >W H A T DO YOU THINK
to interact daily with individuals and growth, death and decay; reduce dissolved
businesses regarding wetland regulation oxygen levels in the water; kill fish and
and protection. Many people are under- macro invertebrates; deprive ducks and
standing, cooperative and responsible in geese of needed food, causing them to
their dealings with the Clean Water Act deplete food reserves and stress the plant
and wetland regulations. However, the communities in the area causing marsh
majority of citizens I deal with are fair vegetation to die and become open water.
weather conservationists at best or selfish, The interactions are very complex and
greedy, ignorant or uncaring at worst. endless. The editor reserves
Wetland regulation and protection is great If we really want to address coastal the right to pick
for many people when it conserves their wetland loss specifically and environmen- which responses to
tal problems in general, we have to look at publish and award.
neighbors wetlands but is unfair, unconsti-
tutional, un-American, unnecessary and too See TALKBACK, page 5

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