Tulsa News from DVIDS

  1. USACE pulls off weekend water safety trifecta

    Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supported three water safety booths during the first full weekend in May 7.
    5/9/2022
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    Park Ranger Ashley Novar of the Keystone Lake Project Office waits to speak with visitors to her water safety booth at Mayfest in downtown Tulsa, May 7. USACE provided rangers for three water safety booths across Oklahoma.
    5/9/2022
  3. USACE pulls off weekend water safety trifecta [Image 1 of 2]

    Park Ranger Ashley Novar of the Keystone Lake Project Office worked the USACE booth at Mayfest in downtown Tulsa, May 7. Tulsa District provided park rangers for three water safety booths throughout Oklahoma.
    5/9/2022
  4. Corps seeks public comment for draft Hugo Lake Master Plan revision

    TULSA, Okla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will release the draft of the Hugo Lake Master Plan revision and Environmental Assessment April 28, 2022, beginning a 30-day public review and comment period. Information related to the Master Plan, Environmental Assessment, public comment forms, and presentation are available on the Tulsa District Website.
    4/27/2022
  5. Corps seeks public comment for draft Hugo Lake Master Plan revision

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will release the draft of the Hugo Lake Master Plan revision and Environmental Assessment April 28, 2022, beginning a 30-day public review and comment period.
    4/27/2022
  6. Southwestern Division Commander makes final visit to Tinker Airforce Base

    TINKER AFB, Okla. — Southwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Christopher Beck visited Tinker Airforce Base Thursday April 21, taking a final tour of Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects on the base.
    4/26/2022
  7. Southwestern Division Commander makes final visit to Tinker Airforce Base [Image 3 of 3]

    Brig. Gen. Christopher Beck took time out of his tour of USACE project at Tinker AFB to speak to Tulsa District USACE and Tinker AFB personnel about the KC46-A project during his recent visit to the base. This will be the final visit for Beck before he relinquishes his command at USACE SWD in May.
    4/26/2022
  8. Southwestern Division Commander makes final visit to Tinker Airforce Base [Image 2 of 3]

    Daniel de Robles, Area Engineer Tulsa District E&C Branch Tinker Air Force Base briefs SWD USACE Commander, Christopher Beck during a visit to Tinker Air Force Base. During the visit Beck toured Tulsa District projects on the base. He also took time to meet the team and thank them for their work during his tenure as SWD Commander. Beck will relinquish his command in May before moving to Fort Hood as deputy commanding general III Corps. Beck and de Robles were joined by Tulsa District Commander, Col. Scott Preston, Quality Assurance Representative Contractor Jarin Southerland and other Tulsa District and Tinker AFB personnel during the tour of the KC46-A project.
    4/26/2022
  9. Southwestern Division Commander makes final visit to Tinker Airforce Base [Image 1 of 3]

    Capt. Bryan King, project engineer Tulsa District USACE, Tinker AFB speaks with Brig. Gen. Christopher Beck about the E-3G training facility during the Beck's recent visit to Tinker. This will be the final visit for Beck before he relinquishes his command at USACE SWD in May.
    4/26/2022
  10. Broken Bow Master Plan Revision Open House set for May 23

    TULSA, Okla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will host an Open House May 23 to provide information about the Broken Bow Lake Master Plan revision content and process and will provide a general schedule. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the Kiamichi Technology Center, 3205 Lincoln Road NE, Idabel, Okla., 74745.
    4/26/2022
  11. Broken Bow Master Plan Revision Open House set for May 23

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will host an Open House May 23 to provide information about the Broken Bow Lake Master Plan revision content and process and will provide a general schedule. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the Kiamichi Technology Center, 3205 Lincoln Road NE, Idabel, Okla., 74745.
    4/26/2022
  12. Tulsa District Emergency Management Office holds disaster response tabletop exercise

    The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted a tabletop exercise April 19, related to the Tulsa West Tulsa Levee, Cimarron and Arkansas Rivers at the Central Center in Centennial Park. Hosted by the Tulsa District Emergency Management Office, the TTX provides an avenue to educate local government agencies and organizations about the Tulsa District’s missions while communicating the shared risks and responsibilities between municipal, state and federal agencies.
    4/20/2022
  13. Tulsa District Emergency Management hosts disaster tabletop exercise

    Tulsa District's Emergency Management Office hosted a tabletop exercise to get various agencies and organizations thinking about coordination and response in the event of a major disaster.
    4/20/2022
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    Meredith Summers, a civil engineer from the Tulsa District, listens to a briefing during the disaster response tabletop exercise hosted by the Tulsa District, Emergency Management Office, April 19 in Tulsa.
    4/20/2022
  15. Emergency Management Office hosts disaster response exercise [Image 1 of 2]

    (Left to Right) Matt Reeves and Travis Miller of the Keystone Lake Project Office talk with Justin Hall, the Fire Chief with the Sand Springs Fire Department about local business concerns during emergencies at the Tulsa District's Emergency Management tabletop exercise event in Tulsa, April 20.
    4/20/2022
  16. Tulsa Boat Show

    Steve Holden & Randi Clifton, Park Rangers from the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show off their water safety booth at the Tulsa Boat Show at Tulsa Expo Center, Feb. 3. The event allowed rangers to make contact with thousands of individuals over the course of the event.
    4/4/2022
  17. From volunteer to ranger

    Waurika, Okla. – Waurika Lake Park Ranger Destany Rochell began working for the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers as a summer ranger in 2018. She transitioned to a student trainee natural resource specialist park ranger in 2019, giving her the opportunity to work while finishing college.
    3/30/2022
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    Waurika Lake Park Ranger Destany Rochell checks for deposited day use fees during her patrol of a public use area. Destany began her with Waurika Lake as a volunteer in 2017 and then transitioned to a summer ranger before she became a student trainee. She officially became a full time employee with the Corps in 2021 after graduating from college.
    3/30/2022
  19. Corpstruction - Kalli Egan on Engineering from Texas to Tulsa and Back

    By the time the first shovels break ground on a new civil works or military construction venture, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already invested thousands of hours into studying, planning, designing and contracting the project. Kalli Egan, the regional acquisition program manager at Southwestern Division, focuses on strategies and technical integration. She works with districts to improve engineering and construction activities. Kalli is a true success story and model USACE leader. She grew up in Amarillo, Texas but spent a lot of time in Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University from which she holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Engineering Technology. Kalli’s career with the USACE began in 2001. She started as a student intern at the Tulsa District and by 2015 had become the Deputy Chief of the Engineering and Construction Division at the Tulsa District. In 2015, Kalli left Tulsa to return to Texas. She spent two years working in the private sector supporting local, state and federal projects.
    3/24/2022
  20. USACE cancels Red River Chloride Control Project disposition study, public meetings

    The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers canceled March 17, a disposition study related to the Red River Chloride Control Project, as well as the related public meetings.
    3/21/2022
  21. Corpstruction - Motherhood Mentoring and Engineering with Brittany Cranor Dam Safety Production Center Southwestern Division

    Brittany Cranor is a structural engineer at the Dam Safety Production Center, Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The DSPC is co-located with the Tulsa District. Cranor talked to Corpstruction about why she chose to work for the Corps of Engineers after a couple of years in the private sector and how mentoring has benefited her career decisions.
    3/16/2022
  22. USACE opens comment period, hosts public meetings for Red River Chloride Control Project

    TULSA — The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established a 30-day public comment period related to closure of the Red River Chloride Control Project in four Texas counties March 14 and will host two public meetings to assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of disposing of the federally-authorized project. The USACE will host informational, open-house style meetings at the Truscott Community Foundation Building in Crowell, Texas, March 23 from 5-8 p.m., and at the Red River Authority of Texas offices in Wichita Falls, Texas March 24 from 5-8 p.m.
    3/14/2022
  23. Fort Gibson Lake hosts prescribed fire training course

    The Fort Gibson project hosted Tulsa District’s prescribed fire training course February 28 through March 4. This course is held as partial fulfillment of the requirements for conducting prescribed burns on federal lands and covers basic and advanced subjects.
    3/14/2022
  24. Corpstruction - How Will Kansas Meet It's Growing Water Demand

    Throughout written history, water has been a vital resource for requirement for the growth of cities. For Nathan Westrup and Richard Rockel of the Kansas Water Office, water supply is a primary concern. The questions that keep them up at night revolve around How the "Sunflower State" will meet the water supply needs of residents and industry.
    3/11/2022
  25. Sardis Lake Master Plan Revision Open House set for March 24

    TULSA, Okla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will host an Open House March 24 to provide information about the Sardis Lake Master Plan revision content and process and will provide a general schedule. The event will be at the Clayton Public School Cafeteria, 329 North 1st Street, Clayton, Okla., 74053 from 6:00 to 8 p.m.
    3/9/2022
  26. Corpstruction - The Important Details of Disaster Response and Contingency Operations with Anthony Semento of Southwestern Division

    Anthony Semento is the Chief of the Regional Contingency Operations and Disaster Response for the Southwestern Division located in Dallas, Texas. When people think of disaster response, they often think about the Federal Emergency Management Agency but what they might not realize is that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is often tasked by FEMA to execute disaster response activities. Managing disaster response is challenging for a single district but imagine overseeing that response for a region consisting of portions of five states & a population of more than 35 million people. Southwestern Division is comprised of four USACE districts, including Tulsa District, Galveston, Little Rock and Fort Worth. He works with Emergency Managers at those districts to keep the Division Commander apprised of what’s going on and enable needed resources are received. Combined, the Southwestern Division covers all of Texas and Oklahoma and portions of Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.
    3/4/2022
  27. Corpstruction - The Engineers Week Interviews with Justin Cox

    February 20-26 is Engineers Week and we interviewed some of our engineers to find out why they decided to come work for the Corps of Engineers. Justin Cox of the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked as an engineer in the commercial sector fo years before coming to the district. Justin is from Haskell, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. We spoke with Justin about his work at the Tulsa District. He also owns 15 head of cattle and explained to us the finer points of ranching.
    2/28/2022
  28. Corpstruction - The Engineers Week Interviews with Jeff Rickfelder

    Engineers Week is Feb. 20-26 and for the Corpstruction Podcast we are sharing our interviews with USACE engineers to learn more about who they are. Jeff Rickfelder is a cost engineer for the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rickfelder grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Rickfelder worked for the Nashville District before moving to Tulsa. As a cost engineer, Rickfelder identifies components and material costs for USACE construction projects.
    2/24/2022
  29. Corpstruction - The Engineers Week Interviews with Ean Bonjour

    Ean Bonjour is an engineer assigned to the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ean conducts inspeactions of Tulsa District's dams throughout the year so the district can address and remediate any discrepancies. Ean is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
    2/23/2022
  30. Corpstruction - The Engineers Week Interviews - Russell Wyckoff

    Russell Wyckoff talks about working as an engineer in the USACE. He works in the Dam Safety Production Center of Southwestern Division. Wyckoff grew up in Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma State University, and has been an engineer with USACE nearly 35 years.
    2/22/2022
  31. Corpstruction - National Levee Safety Program Interview with Tammy Conforti of USACE Headquarters

    Unless you live on a mountain top, you’re probably within a few miles of a levee. Communities in every state and the District of Columbia rely on levees for flood prevention and mitigation. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in a county with at least one levee. Because flood risk reduction is in the federal interest, many miles of those levees are inspected and monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and flood risk reduction is the primordial mission of many USACE districts. In this episode of the Corpstruction podcast, Tammy Conforti, special assistant for levee safety at USACE Headquarters, talks to us about the National Levee Safety Program initiative, and how the USACE and FEMA are working together to activate communities so that they understand their flood risk and get involved in the initiative. To learn more about the National Levee Safety Program, visit www.leveesafety.org and provide comments or feedback by March 31, 2022. To help ensure comments are related to the scope of the initiative, please review the five associated fact sheets on the website before submitting comments or suggestions.
    1/5/2022
  32. Corpstruction - Innovations Team Partnerships and Successes Interview with Jason Knight

    Since its beginning at the Tulsa District in 2016, the Innovations Team has attracted employees who want to improve the business processes and experience with the Corps of Engineers. The program has grown from a Tulsa District initiative to a nationwide program with 22 Districts represented by more than 50 employees. Innovations Teams have partnerships with Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, University of California – Davis and the Corps Foundation. Jason Knight spoke with Corpstruction about the partnerships and the great work the teams are doing to improve processes and the overall visitor experience with the USACE.
    12/20/2021
  33. USACE Command Sergeant Major Visits Tulsa District

    Sgt. Maj. Patrickson Toussaint, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Command Sergeant Major, visited Tulsa District, Dec. 7-9. Toussaint talked about the four major priorities of the USACE Commander and Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon - people, readiness, partnerships and revolutionize. Toussaint visited various Tulsa District Military Construction and Civil Works field offices. He met with and recognized employees for their contributions to the USACE mission.
    12/10/2021
  34. 85th Anniversary Message to the Port of Brownsville Texas from SWD Commander

    85th Birthday Message to the Port of Brownsville, Texas from Brig. Gen. Christopher Beck, SWD Commander, USACE.
    12/2/2021
  35. Eufaula bridge repair reaches milestone, makes history

    Within a matter of hours, the road over Eufaula Dam became the site of the highest concentration of Ultra-High-Performance Concrete in Oklahoma, Aug. 19. With panels over approximately 20 percent of the bridge deck placed, contractors began pouring the UHPC to bond the prefabricated panels.
    8/25/2021
  36. Ranger Spotlight

    Each year World Ranger Day is observed on July 31 marking the founding of the International Ranger Foundation. We are spotlighting some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the range of work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters.
    7/28/2021
  37. As severe weather season continues Tulsa District hosts disaster response exercise

    THE TULSA DISTRICT’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE RECENTLY HOSTED A DISASTER RESPONSE EXERCISE WITH TULSA FIRST RESPONDERS AND HELPING AGENCIES. THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INITIATIVE BROUGHT TOGETHER REPRESENTATIVES FROM TULSA RESPONSE AGENCIES TO IMPROVE INTEROPERABILITY.
    7/27/2021
  38. Ranger Spotlight

    Each year World Ranger Day is observed on July 31 marking the founding of the International Ranger Foundation. We are spotlighting some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the range of work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters.
    7/27/2021
  39. Ranger Spotlight

    Each year World Ranger Day is observed on July 31 marking the founding of the International Ranger Foundation. We are spotlighting some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the range of work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters.
    7/27/2021
  40. Ranger Spotlight

    We spotlight some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the various aspects of the work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters. Meet Supervisory Regulatory Project Manager, and former park ranger, Michael Ware.
    7/26/2021

After action environmental assessment for the Webbers pool and Robert S. Kerr pool emergency dredging and placement

Tulsa District, USACE
Published Aug. 25, 2020

The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is soliciting comments from the public and agencies on the potential effects of the emergency dredging and placement of dredged spoils activity that occurred during the spring and summer of 2019, as well as, the effects of the water drawdown, impact to the mussel population that was affected as a result of the drawdown, and mitigation efforts, on the Arkansas River, southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

The Corps has initiated an after action Environmental Assessment (EA) for this activity that occurred in the Webbers Pool and Robert S. Kerr Pool in Oklahoma.  The EA for this after action is authorized in Section 216 of the River and Harbor Flood Control Act of 1970 and Section 1202 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016.  The EA will assess how the action affected the human environment and to make the determination if the action was compliant with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Your comments will help the Corps in development of this EA.

In May and June 2019 record rainfall fell in Southeastern Kansas and Northeastern Oklahoma which caused widespread flooding in the region.  Approximately 15 Corps of Engineers reservoirs in the Upper Arkansas River Basin, Verdigris River Basin, and Grand (Neosho) River Basin, all within Tulsa District, flood pools were flooded to the top of their capacity.  With so many reservoirs at the top of their flood pool capacity, the Tulsa District managed reservoir releases so there was a balanced approach to evacuating flood waters from all pools.  Unfortunately, significant and in some cases, catastrophic flooding was unavoidable due to the received rainfall.  River flows, measured in cubic feet per second (CFS), were overwhelming within large portions of the river system.  Below Keystone Dam just west of Tulsa, the rate of river flow approached 300,000 CFS at its maximum volume and was flowing at 600,000 CFS at W.D. Mayo Dam Lock and Dam 14.

The McLellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) just downstream from the Arkansas River confluence with the Verdigris River and the Grand (Neosho) River had a sustained volume of well over 600,000 CFS over a duration of more than a week.  This increased river flow was carrying an enormous volume of sediment which was transported from the three upstream feeder river basins and was passed through upstream dams and into the Navigation System, where much of it was subsequently deposited.  Result of this increased sedimentation was 3 miles of river channel was clogged with an estimated 1,000,000 cubic yards of sediment.  This material had to be removed before the Navigation System could be reopened for navigable traffic and interstate commerce.  Therefore, the Tulsa District made the decision to commence dredging and dredge spoil operations prior to NEPA review so economic impacts to the region would be reduced.

There was another complicating factor other than three miles of river channel being clogged with sedimentation.  On May 23, 2019 two fully-loaded barges moored in the Muskogee area tore loose and were carried downstream, where they collided with the dam at Webbers Falls and sunk.  The barges were forced against three of the structure's open gates.  The two sunken barges impeded the operation of the gates and those gates could not be closed, resulting in the drawdown of the pools and subsequent negative impacts to mussel populations.  Removal of these barges was dependent on the emergency dredging action, specifically the portion within the Robert S. Kerr pool.  The salvage crew hired for this task utilized a tow barge which the only feasible means of travel was up the McLellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System to the Webber Falls Lock and Dam.

Pursuant to Section 102 of the NEPA as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500-1508 and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering Regulation 200-2-2), an Environmental Assessment will be conducted to ensure compliance with the NEPA and appropriate environmental laws, regulations, agency policies and guidance, and executive orders, and to provide any necessary mitigation as a result of impacts from the emergency dredging, discharge of dredged material, and draw down of the pool. 

Our office would like to solicit any input you may have with respect to this after action environmental assessment for the Webbers Pool and Robert S. Kerr Pool Emergency Dredging and Placement to assist us as we progress through the NEPA process.  A brief presentation regarding this action is available starting on August 20, 2020, on the Tulsa District website:  www.swt.usace.army.mil.  

We look forward to receiving your written comments, which are due by September 20, 2020.  Please contact Mr. Jeff Knack, Chief, Natural Resources and Recreation Branch, Tulsa District, by mail U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2488 E 81st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma  74137-4290, email at jeff.knack@usace.army.mil, or telephone at (918) 669-7660 with comments, questions, or the need for further information.