Tulsa News from DVIDS

  1. Pine Creek Master Plan Revision Open House set for July 7

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will host an Open House July 7 to provide information about the Pine Creek 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. at the Wright High School Cafeteria at 601 School Street, Wright City, Okla., 74766.
    6/23/2022
  2. Pine Creek Master Plan Revision Open House set for July 7

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will host an Open House July 7 to provide information about the Pine Creek 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. at the Wright High School Cafeteria at 601 School Street, Wright City, Okla., 74766.
    6/23/2022
  3. Tulsa District hosts training in preparation of hurricane season

    TULSA, Okla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District hosted training for the district temporary emergency response team, members of the U.S. Army 249th Engineering Battalion, and personnel from other USACE districts June 14 & 15 at the district headquarters.
    6/22/2022
  4. Tulsa District hosts training in preparation of hurricane season [Image 2 of 2]

    Members of Tulsa District's Emergency Power Planning and Response team were joined by members U.S. Army 249th Engineering Battalion and personnel from other USACE districts June 14 & 15 at Tulsa District headquarters for training in the new ENGLink program. Tulsa District is one of seven Emergency Power Planning and Response teams in USACE. The other teams are based in Pittsburgh, Memphis, Walla Walla, Honolulu, Savannah, and Albuquerque districts. These teams have the capability to deploy and provide support at critical public facilities following a disaster, such as a hurricane
    6/22/2022
  5. Tulsa District hosts training in preparation of hurricane season [Image 1 of 2]

    Members of Tulsa District's Emergency Power Planning and Response team were joined by members U.S. Army 249th Engineering Battalion and personnel from other USACE districts June 14 & 15 at Tulsa District headquarters for training in the new ENGLink program. Tulsa District is one of seven Emergency Power Planning and Response teams in USACE. The other teams are based in Pittsburgh, Memphis, Walla Walla, Honolulu, Savannah, and Albuquerque districts. These teams have the capability to deploy and provide support at critical public facilities following a disaster, such as a hurricane
    6/22/2022
  6. USACE Tulsa District creating sustainable habitat for pollinators

    TULSA, Okla., — In recent years there has been a strong decline in pollinator populations across the region. Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds, support a healthy ecosystem which is vital for the survival of several animal and plant species. These pollinators feed on the nectar from flowering plants and distribute pollen to the next flower, fertilizing the plants. Without the help of pollinators, fertilization doesn’t happen since most plants do not fertilize themselves.
    6/21/2022
  7. USACE Tulsa District creating sustainable habitat for pollinators [Image 3 of 3]

    Newly planted pollinator field near the Oolagah Project office
    6/21/2022
  8. USACE Tulsa District creating sustainable habitat for pollinators [Image 2 of 3]

    Bumble Bee enjoying the flowers in one of the new pollinator fields.
    6/21/2022
  9. USACE Tulsa District creating sustainable habitat for pollinators [Image 1 of 3]

    Flowers blooming in Fort Gibson Pollinator fields.
    6/21/2022
  10. Corpstruction - The Corps' recreational and environmental initiatives in Kansas

    Eugene Goff is the Operations Project Manager for the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas Area. The area includes eight reservoirs that provide vital flood risk mitigation, recreation and water supply for the Kansas communities. Eugene talked with Corpstruction about the many initiatives and activities taking place in Kansas and how he works with state and federal officials in the area to ensure the Corps effectively meets its mission requirements and takes advantage of opportunities to improve services.
    6/13/2022
  11. Corpstruction - Marion Reservoir lake manager Brock DeLong discusses post HAB recreation reopening

    Marion Lake Manager, Brock DeLong, talks about the impacts of a harmful algal bloom on recreation at Marion Lake and the reopening of campgrounds and boat ramps after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment lowered the risk rating level from "Hazard" to "Warning". Marion Reservoir is located in Marion, Kansas and is one of eight Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs in the "Sunflower State."
    6/11/2022
  12. Corpstruction - Harmful Algae Blooms & their impact on lakes with Dr. Tony Clyde

    Dr. Tony Clyde, a project manager at the Tulsa District, spent the majority of his career as a limnologist studying lakes. Clyde, talks about the impacts of blue green algae, harmful algal blooms, and what's being done to address it at the federal and state level.
    6/8/2022
  13. Harmful Algal Bloom closes all recreation at Marion Reservoir

    Due to a Harmful Algal Bloom, all recreation sites on Marion Reservoir are closed until conditions improve to acceptable levels.
    6/2/2022
  14. Harmful Algal Bloom closes all recreation at Marion Reservoir

    The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a closure notice June 2 for all parks, boat ramps and recreation areas on Marion Reservoir due to a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB). Testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment revealed extreme HAB levels at Marion Reservoir and the agency has issued a hazard advisory for the lake.
    6/2/2022
  15. Corpstruction - Army Corps Employee Runs for Marine Corps Gold Star Family

    Chris Abner came to work for the Army Corps of Engineers in 2020, but prior to that he served on four deployments to the Middle East with the Marine Corps. On October 8, 2007, then Staff Sgt. Abner, was a vehicle commander in Al Qaim, Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded killing his driver, Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris of Liberty, Texas. Abner was severely injured and ultimately medically retired from the Marine Corps. On May 22, 2022 Abner completed the Tulsa IronMan competition in honor of Burris. Abner ran the 26.2 mile marathon portion while carrying an American flag with a streamer bearing Lance. Cpl. Burris' name. When he reached the finish line he presented the flag to Burris' parents who drove more than seven hours from their home in Texas to see Abner cross the finish line in honor of their son.
    5/28/2022
  16. Corpstruction - Park Ranger nearly died in the water

    Park Ranger Joshua Springer of the Lake Eufaula Project Office of the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, nearly drowned when he was four years old. If it weren’t for the quick thinking of his older sisters, Springer might have died in his family’s swimming pool at their home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Nearly two decades removed from the near-drowning experience, Springer remaines committed to educating youth about water safety. He believes in the importance of water safety education and to encourages parents to make sure children have properly fitted, US Coast Guard-approved flotation device.
    5/27/2022
  17. 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
  18. USACE pulls off weekend water safety trifecta [Image 2 of 2]

    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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  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
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  • Public Notice RepCorrection: After action environmental assessment for the Webbers pool and Robert S. Kerr pool emergency dredging and placement

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EREbPV7YqZs&feature=youtu.be Information included in the below public notice, which was published Aug 28, included a presentation with incorrect information. The information is in the summary of the article. The video of the presentation was updated and provides corrected information. The public notice remains the same. 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.
  • After action environmental assessment for the Webbers pool and Robert S. Kerr pool emergency dredging and placement

    Corps is submitting public notice of after action environmental assessment related to potential effects of dredging on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. A video presentation detailing specifics related to the Environmental Assessment is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EREbPV7YqZs&feature=youtu.be Comments will be accepted through September 20, 2020. Comment forms are available at www.swt.usace.army.mil