GALVESTON, Texas (July 26, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will host a one-day Stakeholder Partnering Forum Aug. 4, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., to introduce the district’s new commanding officer, Col. Lars Zetterstrom, to participants; address Texas Ports Association priorities for working with USACE staff; review USACE business processes for non-federal use of federal placement areas and lands as well as non-federal modifications to USACE projects and discuss Southeast Texas Flood Risk Management partnering successes, challenges and opportunities during the 2015-2016 floods. State Rep. Wayne Faircloth, District 23, will provide the keynote address: Building coalitions across the public and private sectors to support coastal storm risk management in Texas for sustaining national security and economics.
“This forum provides us with an opportunity to meet with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners to collaborate and gather feedback that will help us make better informed decisions as we work together on shared efforts for assessing and improving integrated watershed management as well as examine current challenges along the Texas coast,” said Col. Lars Zetterstrom, USACE Galveston District commander. “Our breakout workshops and seminars will provide the latest information about our programs, projects, business processes and capabilities.”
The forum will identify opportunities to better synchronize and integrate the district’s support of stakeholder commitments and emerging interests such as: the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration and Houston Ship Channel Improvement mega studies; and the Sabine Neches Waterway Project and Jefferson County ecosystem restoration feasibility study; and modernizing the Brazos River Floodgates and Colorado River Locks.
“Our Stakeholder Partnering Forum provides an important opportunity for agencies to foster effective working relationships and better understand the unique programs, 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 interests, issues, and concerns and to provide an explanation on how policies and authorities support management of customer priorities in studies, new work construction, and the operations and maintenance programs.”
Early bird special topic seminars will be offered on calculating economics for flood risk management and navigation business line studies and projects. Registration will be open for the main event from 9-10 a.m., coupled with a networking coffee social that will showcase a new visual and interactive capability for exploring coastal resiliency with the Community Health And Resource Management Tool by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. Additional resources are posted online at:
- USACE, SWG Stakeholder Partnering Forums: http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/About/Partners/StakeholderPartneringForum.aspx
- USACE, Engineering with Nature: http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/ewn/
- USACE, Regional Sediment Management: http://rsm.usace.army.mil/
Non-federal sponsors and agency representatives are encouraged to contact Dr. Russo at Edmond.J.Russo@usace.army.mil for additional information and to sign up to attend this forum.
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.