U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conduct a value engineering study prior to scheduled dredging operations to mitigate flooding risks near the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.
Galveston District Value Engineer Jacob Walsdorf narrates the results of the three-day event that included hydraulic engineers, contracting representatives and project managers. Engineers captured data from survey teams and aerial views and utilized Hydraulic modeling software to better understand areas needing dredging to reduce flood risks.
The study concluded May 4, 2018 and now allows Corps Officials to begin the contracting process for the dredging project.
Jason Marshall of Catoosa, Oklahoma took a 26 foot sailboat from Rogers Point near the Tulsa Port of Catoosa on the Verdigris River all the way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana via the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System during a two-leg, 28 day trip.
After arriving in Little Rock, Arkansas, Marshall returned to work for several days and was then joined by his friend, Doug Lewis, a retired Tulsa firefighter.
The MKARNS is a 445-mile, 18 Lock and Dam Navigation System built to promote interstate and international commerce.
The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages five locks in Oklahoma, beginning at Newt Graham, Lock and Dam 18 and ending at W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 14. The Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 13 locks and dams in Arkansas all the way to the White River, which allows waterborne vessels access to the Mississippi River.
For more information about the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers please visit www.swt.usace.army.mil