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School lunch and National Engineers Week

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Paul E. Owen talks with eighth grade students during a power lunch at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Dallas, Texas about National Engineers Week, the Corps of Engineers’ history, and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees.

Owen talked about how rewarding the engineering profession has been for him and how important it is for students interested in STEM careers to start taking advanced courses now to better prepare them for college and advanced degrees.


ASA for Civil Works visits Addicks and Barker

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division, Commander Brig. Gen. Paul E. Owen, and Ryan Fisher, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works toured Addicks and Barker reservoirs west of Houston, Texas.

The Galveston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is facilitating the Hurricane Harvey and Addicks and Barker construction update tour.

Hurricane Harvey and the resulting rainfall was an extreme weather event that tested infrastructure throughout the region and has been characterized as one of the most extreme rain events in U.S. History.

Work on the $73.8 million project to replace the existing outlet structures resumed Oct. 16 after construction halted during Hurricane Harvey.

Since the dams were constructed in the 1940’s, the projects have prevented more than $16 billion in flood loss.

The scope of the project includes constructing steel lined conduits, gates, trash racks, channel excavation, embankment construction, foundation excavation, cutoff wall construction, sub-drainage system, bridge construction, pedestrian access and temporary embankment cofferdams.

Work also includes demolition/deconstruction of existing outlet works, and preparation of as-built drawings and operation and maintenance manuals for work at Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

For more information about Addicks and Barker dams visit http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Missions/Dam-Safety-Program/