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Moyer takes over as Policy and Planning Division chief

Rebecca Moyer was recently selected as the Southwestern Division’s Chief of Planning and Policy Division, Programs Directorate for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Rebecca Moyer was recently selected as the Southwestern Division’s Chief of Planning and Policy Division, Programs Directorate for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Rebecca “Becky” Moyer was recently selected as the Southwestern Division’s Chief of Planning and Policy Division, Programs Directorate for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As chief, she is the manager and senior technical advisor for the large and diversified civil works water resources planning program within the region. Moyer is also the leader of the Division’s Planning Community of Practice, and Director of the national Planning Center of Expertise for Water Management and Reallocation Studies.
Prior to this assignment, she was the Southwestern Division’s Senior Economist from 2011 to 2015. Throughout her 28-year Corps career, Moyer has held key Planning positions at all levels within the organization to include assignments at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as part of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Regional Integration Team and the Office of Water Project Review. She was also an integral member of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, , as well as the Huntington, Jacksonville, and Mobile Districts.
“Becky Moyer brings a wealth of policy and planning expertise to this position at a time when these skills are even more critical to our organization than in the past,” said Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, SWD commander. “Her background and vision will serve us well as we face current and future challenges and work to deliver value to our Nation.”
Moyer was a Co-Technical Director of the Inland Navigation Planning Center of Expertise. Her technical areas of expertise are navigation planning and economics (both inland and deep-draft navigation). While in the Jacksonville District, she pioneered the use of navigation simulation modeling for evaluating the economics of harbor improvements and was a key contributor to the development of Harborsym, the Corps’ corporate tool for deep-draft navigation economic analysis.
She is a former proponent and lead instructor of the “Planning Principles and Procedures” course. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Miami University and a Master of Arts in public administration from Marshall University.


Galveston District hosts Texas coast strategic partnering meeting

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 10, 2015) – Sharon Tirpak, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, discusses Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study state-federal shared visioning and partnering opportunities with subject matter experts from across the nation during a two-day charette.
GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 10, 2015) – Sharon Tirpak, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, discusses Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study state-federal shared visioning and partnering opportunities with subject matter experts from across the nation during a two-day charette.

GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 10-12, 2015) –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is hosting a charette with coastal storm risk management subject matter experts from across the nation to discuss the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study state-federal shared visioning and partnering opportunities at the USACE Galveston District headquarters Aug. 10-12, 2015.

“We’ve made progress toward launching a study that will help us develop a comprehensive characterization of the entire Texas coast and examining the feasibility for recommendations of coastal storm damage risk management and ecosystem restoration projects coast wide,” said Dr. Edmond Russo Jr., deputy district engineer for Programs and Project Management for the USACE Galveston District. “We’re working with partners to determine study needs that also meet the Corps’ planning guidelines.”

Discussions between state and federal members will focus on best avenues to engage key counties and cities in the coastal Texas region and identify partnering opportunities that address coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration.

According to Russo, the purpose of this study is to develop a comprehensive outline of the Texas coast that can assist in examining the feasibility for recommendations of coastal storm damage risk management and ecosystem restoration projects.

“These meetings continue to foster partnering relations on shared objectives for managing Texas coastal priorities on current and future potential partnered studies and projects,” said Russo. “We offer a variety of federal programs to assist the public with the preparation of comprehensive plans for the development, use and conservation of water and related land resources along the Texas coast. These programs are either available on a 50 percent federal/50 percent non-federal cost-shared basis, such as under the General Investigations and Planning Assistance to States Programs, or offered at full federal expense, such as under the Floodplain Management Services Program.”

Proposed state and federal partnering initiatives along the Texas coast included a status update of the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Reconnaissance Study, which addressed a summary of the study process, policy guidance, partnering engagements to date, accomplishments and the proposed way forward. Additionally, district staff discussed federal water resources development processes and opportunities for non-federal sponsorship.

“We’re working with local, state and federal agencies to achieve a shared vision that will continue to support a vibrant economy, cultivate a resilient community and encourage a healthy ecosystem,” said Sharon Tirpak, project manager. “We are openly discussing our challenges and sharing our success stories that will help us build awareness of this much needed study while actively identifying barriers that could hinder our progress.”

A series of public workshops were held in 2014 to identify available information and data that could be incorporated into the study. The Reconnaissance Report was completed in May 2015 and discussions continue regarding the path forward for initiation of the study this calendar year. An exemption from the three-year and $3 million rule will be required, due to the size and scope of the study. The charette will focus on determining the level of effort and analyses required to meet Corps requirements for a successful exemption and study that would result in a project recommendation to Congress for construction.

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.

Learn more about the Texas coast at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Missions/TexasCoastValuetotheNation.aspx or view The Texas Coast: Shoring Up Our Future publication at http://www.shoringuptexas.org/. For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.

 


The official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division publication