USACE Galveston District to host 92nd Coastal Engineering Research Board meeting

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 25, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, will host the 92nd Coastal Engineering Research Board (CERB) meeting Sept. 1-3, 2015, at the district’s headquarters buildi

CERB Meeting
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, will host the 92nd Coastal Engineering Research Board (CERB) meeting Sept. 1-3, 2015, at the district’s headquarters building in Galveston, Texas.

ng in Galveston, Texas.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the U.S. Gulf region’s engineering challenges with nature, and nature-based systems to enhance the resilience of coastal systems and marine transportation infrastructure and sustain the values they produce. 

“Both the Texas and national economies rely heavily on the Texas gulf coast,” said Col. Richard P. Pannell, USACE Galveston District commander. “It’s imperative that we strike a balance between industrial expansion and the health of our ecosystem, working to ensure it can withstand and recover from future disasters, while identifying research and development needs to enable the Corps to deliver innovative solutions to meet these challenges and opportunities.”

According to Pannell, the Corps continues to play a vital role in supporting waterborne transportation across the nation and internationally on movement of energy products and a wide range of other manufactured goods. This principally occurs through both deep and shallow draft commercial navigation activities. 

“Our Texas navigation channels are nestled in unique and significant coastal habitats along the coast that we must restore and protect as nationally-valued resources,” said Pannell. “In direct relation, we are experiencing well over $100 billion in non-federal investment for coastal infrastructure improvement to keep up with energy product delivery demand.”

According to Pannell, that investment is driving community development at the coast, which is an emerging coastal flood risk with rising sea levels and persistent hurricane activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Maintaining the environmental health of coastal wetlands is crucial to ensuring the continued success of many of the nation’s vital industries. 

“What the Corps does now to manage coastal sediments regionally and engineer with nature will increase the potential that we will realize a rich spectrum of economic and ecosystem service benefits, which can be derived from planned and implemented natural and nature-based features that function seamlessly with engineered structures,” said Dr. Edmond Russo, USACE Galveston District’s deputy district engineer for programs and project management. “Since our actions will shape the future for a generation on America’s energy coast, it is compelling for the federal family to take stock of the opportunities unfolding here to shape the course of action from a regional perspective while managing civil works program execution across mission business lines and being good stewards of the environment.”

The Corps is advancing high priority coastal storm risk management studies on the Texas coast to address these problems and needs, said Russo. 

“The key for us is understanding and planning for sustainable community resiliency, risk reduction to life and property, and ecosystem restoration at integrated systems scale across multiple water resources management objectives, driven by our partners and stakeholders,” said Russo.

According to Jose E. Sanchez, SES, PE, director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory and alternate designated federal officer of the Coastal Engineering Research Board, the CERB provides guidance to the Army’s Chief of Engineers pertaining to the field of coastal engineering research and development for the benefit of the Army and the nation.

The board meets semi-annually around the U.S. coastline and the Great Lakes on a rotating basis.
For more information, please contact Dr. Russo at Edmond.J.Russo@usace.army.mil. 

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates. Its main missions include navigation, ecosystem restoration, emergency management, flood risk management and regulatory oversight. The Corps also supports a robust Regulatory Program that interacts with the local community through a variety of public outreach opportunities.

For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.

USACE Galveston District to host second Stakeholder Partnering Forum

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 25, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will meet with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners to collaborate on best practices regarding programs ranging from ecosystem restoration to flood risk management, maintain

Partnering Forum
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will meet with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners to collaborate on best practices regarding programs ranging from ecosystem restoration to flood risk management, maintaining and improving Texas coastal navigation systems, and regulatory oversight of U.S. waters during the district’s second Stakeholder Partnering Forum on Aug. 27, 2015, at its headquarters building in Galveston, Texas.

ing and improving Texas coastal navigation systems, and regulatory oversight of U.S. waters during the district’s second Stakeholder Partnering Forum on Aug. 27, 2015, at its headquarters building in Galveston.


“This partnering forum will build on the first meeting we hosted earlier this year and will allow us to continue to hear direct feedback from our sponsors and stakeholders on issues that are critical to the successful execution of projects and to move forward on integrated solutions,” said Col. Richard P. Pannell, USACE Galveston District commander. “The USACE Galveston District is committed to providing vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. This forum affords stakeholders a venue to understand and interact on the latest information about our programs, projects, business processes and capabilities.”

The one-day forum will identify opportunities to better synchronize and integrate the district’s support of stakeholder commitments and emerging interests such as the Coastal Texas Feasibility Study and the Freeport Harbor Preconstruction, Engineering and Design plan. It is a unique opportunity for non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners from the Sabine to the Rio Grande Rivers along the Texas coast to network and exchange ideas from the whole community perspective on ways the Galveston District is able to improve value delivery to the nation across civil works and regulatory business lines.

“Our Stakeholder Partnering Forum provides an important opportunity for agencies to foster effective working relationships and better understand the unique processes and capabilities of the USACE Galveston District in order to improve coordination that will facilitate and expedite the navigational safety and efficiency of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, an economic engine for the state and nation,” said Dr. Edmond Russo, USACE Galveston District’s deputy district engineer for programs and project management. “The partnering forum will provide an excellent venue to interface with our customers face to face to address their issues and concerns and to provide an explanation on how funding will be used to manage customer priorities in the operations and maintenance program.”

Facilitated stakeholder breakout discussions relating to partnered progress and needs will include partner communications, navigating the new planning process, meeting product delivery commitments, and setting organizational performance objectives. Partnering panel discussions will engage the participant community and culminate in a synthesis of successes, challenges, lessons learned and strategies for working with the district.

If you are a non-federal sponsor or agency representative who would like to attend, please contact Dr. Russo at Edmond.J.Russo@usace.army.mil. 

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates. Its main missions include navigation, ecosystem restoration, emergency management, flood risk management and regulatory oversight. The Corps also supports a robust Regulatory Program that interacts with the local community through a variety of public outreach opportunities.

For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.