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Dewey Short Visitor Center Announces August Programs

The Dewey Short Visitor Center, located just south of Table Rock Dam on State Highway 165, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The visitor center offers interactive displays, a 22 minute movie about the purpose and construction of the dam, and viewing decks overlooking Table Rock Lake and Dam. Picnic facilities and a 2.2 mile asphalt surface trail are located on the visitor center grounds. Park rangers will be offering the following interpretive programs and events at Dewey Short Visitor Center during the month of August.  All programs are free of charge and no registration is required.

Wednesdays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can find one of our rangers at the overlook off Highway 165, just across the highway from Dewey Short Visitor Center. The ranger will be available to answer questions about hydropower and point out features of the dam and powerhouse. This program will be recurring every Wednesday at this time for the month of August.

Stop by the Dewey Short Visitor Center on Sundays, Aug. 5, 1219 and 26 at 11 a.m. to learn from a park ranger about a variety of topics.

On Aug. 5, a ranger will have the water safety trivia wheel out. Give it a spin in the visitor center lobby for a chance to win water safety prizes and learn how to stay safe on the water.

On Aug. 19, at 11 a.m., meet with the ranger at the entrance to the Dewey Short Visitor Center to join in on a small walk. During this walk, you will learn the names of and ways to identify native plants and trees that are around the visitor center.

Finally, on Aug. 12 and 26, at 11 a.m., learn about Table Rock Lake’s dam and the production and benefits of hydropower in the lobby of the visitor center.

Programs on Mondays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. will be on native animals and water quality.

The visitor center’s old gift shop area by the front desk will be showcasing Animals of the Ozarks exhibit the entire month of August.

On Aug. 6 and 27 a ranger will be present to talk more about the exhibit and displays, the animal skins, skulls and more.

On Aug. 13 and 20, stop by to learn the importance of water quality and how the native animals are connected.

Additionally, on Friday Aug. 17, join us at 3 p.m. for our program, Crafty Critters. Craft your favorite native critter while learning more about the animals of the Ozarks.

On Aug. 11, 18, and 25, water safety programs at 11 a.m. will be held. Learn how to stay safe on and near the water.

On Aug. 25 will have a special water safety program called, ‘Knot’ical Safety. In addition to learning about water safety, learn how to tie some helpful boating knots.

Some programs may be cancelled in inclement weather.  For more information or to check the status of a program, please call 501-340-1943.


Bradley Clark named Little Rock District Engineer of the Year

Bradley Clark has been named Engineer of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District.  Clark, who lives in Bryant, Ark., is a geotechnical engineer in the Southwestern Division Dam Safety Production Center.

Clark’s award was presented during the district’s annual Corps’ Day award ceremony and picnic.

“It’s an honor to be named Engineer of the Year,” said Clark.  “I’ve been blessed with challenging projects and opportunities to experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as the flood events of 2015 and 2017 and a deployment to Europe in 2016.”

Bradley Clark receives his award from Col. Robert Dixon, Little Rock District Commander

 

Clark’s technical background and leadership skills have helped in the review of numerous dam and levee design modifications, risk assessments, slope stability, seepage analysis and construction of high risk civil works projects.

Clark’s leadership and involvement in numerous projects have provided the Little Rock District, other districts and the Risk Management Center with an increased understanding of significant geotechnical and dam safety concerns.

Bradley Clark(R) meets with Romanian Army Officers during his 2016 deployment to the Babadag Training Area, Romania. Clark was there to evaluate access and temporary vehicle storage at a nearby training area.

One of the district’s significant events of 2017 was the flooding at Clearwater Lake.  It was the first time that the lake had been high enough for water to cross over the spillway.  Clark was part of a team that was sent to Clearwater Lake to monitor and report on the actions at the lake.

“While at Clearwater Lake I monitored dam safety instrumentation, communicated with the local emergency management community, and gathered real time data in the field to help the district’s Reservoir Control Branch make accurate decisions on water releases,” according to Clark.  “I also coordinated a video survey of the dam, spillway, and outlet works structure for future analysis of the effects of the flooding.

Clark’s leadership and involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineers led to the creation and funding of an engineering scholarship for three Arkansas universities for a total of $300,000.

Bradley Clark a geotechnical engineer in the Southwestern Division Dam Safety Production Center has been named Engineer of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District.

“Brad is a master in his field,” said Greg Mattson, chief of the Infrastructure Safety Section, Little Rock District.  “Most of us specialize to the point of not being much good in areas outside our expertise.  Brad, however, is a specialist in geotechnical engineering, but can still knowledgably talk about and design bridge overlays, pavement sections, and hydraulics.”

Clark is a 2005 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minor in civil engineering.  He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Arkansas.

“All of my accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my co-workers, supervisors, friends, family, and particularly my wife, and to them I am thankful.”