Category Archives: Regional Priorities

Regional priorities within the Southwestern Division

Employee Spotlight: Benny Rorie Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager

by Laurie Driver

Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager Benny Rorie (left) works with various agencies around and below Greers Ferry Lake to prevent as much downstream flooding as possible.
Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager Benny Rorie (left) works with various agencies around and below Greers Ferry Lake to prevent as much downstream flooding as possible.

Q. When did you get the position of Greers Ferry Lake Operations Project Manager? A. May 3, 2015

Q. How long have you been at Greers Ferry? A. Since Jan. 1993

Q. What jobs have you held there? A. Park ranger, natural resource specialist, lake manager/deputy operations project manager

Q. Why have you been there so long? A. I love this place, not to mention it’s home.

Q. How long have you been with the Corps? A. 25 Years. I started out with the Corps at Lake Dardanelle in 1990 as a student maintenance worker and moved to Ozark Lake in 1991 as a co-op park ranger. Once I graduated, I was selected as a park ranger at Greers Ferry Lake.

Q. What is the best thing about working for the Corps? A. We provide services that the public really enjoys (electricity, natural resources, outdoor recreation, water supply). Plus the Corps is involved in so many different disciplines, there’s a challenge around every corner.

Q. What is the best part of working at Greers? A. The people, it’s like working with family.

Q. What is the hardest part of being the OPM? A. Dealing with disgruntled/upset customers.

Q. What are your goals as OPM? A. Develop our team to prevent as much downstream flooding as possible, provide a quality outdoor recreation experience with an efficient dependable hydro-power system, while protecting our natural resources (land and water) for future generations.


Every Kid in a Park kick off at Greers Ferry Lake

by Laurie Driver

The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District kicked off the “Every Kid in a Park” program at Greers Ferry Lake Sept. 18 with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy and 120 fourth graders from Heber Springs Elementary.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District kicked off the "Every Kid in a Park" program at Greers Ferry Lake with a visit from Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy and 120 fourth graders from Heber Springs Elementary. (left to right) Greers Ferry Lake Park Ranger David Moore, Little Rock District Commander Col. Courtney W. Paul and Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy encourage several students to use the Every Kid in a Park program to get outside and enjoy the national resources that country is so fortunate to have.
The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District kicked off the “Every Kid in a Park” program at Greers Ferry Lake with a visit from Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy and 120 fourth graders from Heber Springs Elementary. (left to right) Greers Ferry Lake Park Ranger David Moore, Little Rock District Commander Col. Courtney W. Paul and Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy encourage several students to use the Every Kid in a Park program to get outside and enjoy the national resources that country is so fortunate to have.

 

The new initiative gives every child in the United States the chance to explore and learn about America’s great outdoors. It will provide all fourth-grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.

“We want to do what the President has been encouraging all of us to do – get outside and enjoy the national resources that we’re so fortunate to have in this country, and fourth graders are a good age to start,” said Darcy.

The new initiative allows fourth graders and their families to spend the day at a federal recreation area for free.

A primary goal of the Every Kid in a Park initiative is to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors, and to inspire children to become future stewards of our nation’s natural and historic treasures.

“Just like we did today at Greers Ferry Lake the Every Kid in the Park initiative will connect kids to their local parks, so they can continue to take advantage of all that our outdoors has to offer,” said Darcy. “Millions of children visit Army Corps of Engineers parks with their families and classrooms each year, and this initiative will help introduce millions more to the joys of recreation, education and our nation’s water resources.”

Fourth graders can visit the “Get Your Pass” section of the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov and complete a fun educational activity to obtain and print a personalized voucher for unlimited use at federal lands and waters for one year. Passes are valid from Sept. 1, through Aug. 31, 2016. The paper voucher can be exchanged for a more durable interagency annual fourth grade pass at certain federal sites. The Every Kid in a Park website also provides information on tips for trip planning and how parents and educators can get involved.