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USACE Galveston District awards $325,140 small business contract


GALVESTON, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a $325,140.80 contract to Quaternary Resource Investigations (QRI), a small business, women-owned, SBA Certified 8(a) contractor, for geotechnical soil boring at the Rosa Allen Placement Area, located in Houston.

“Once completed, the soil borings will be used in the design of an upcoming containment dike raising job in order to accommodate material from future dredging jobs along the Houston Ship Channel,” said Project Manager Tricia Campbell, USACE Galveston District.

According to Campbell, the contractor is required to conduct soil borings from within the site and determine the physical properties of the soil. Work is scheduled to begin this month with an estimated completion date of May 2016

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 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

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2015 Tenkiller Youth Hunt

by Ranger Chris Gilliland

The 2015 Tenkiller Lake Youth Deer Hunt kicked off November 6 as selected young hunters gathered at the Lake Tenkiller Project Office. Youth were met by rangers and staff members where a luncheon and safety meeting was conducted.

Topics of the pre-hunt meeting included safe hunting practices, gun safety, hunting laws and regulations, environmental stewardship and sustainability goals of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a lottery style pick of their designated hunting areas.

The young hunters, accompanied by an adult, were allowed to begin their three day hunt that evening after the meeting.

It did not take them long to start making this year’s hunt a successful one. Throughout the weekend, seven of the nine young hunters successfully harvested deer in which two hunters were able to fill both of their allowed tags.

During this three day event, these lucky youngsters made lifelong memories consisting of new friendships with staff members and other hunt participants, great outdoor experiences in which some were able to harvest their very first deer, and how to be more responsible, ethical, and safer hunters.

Rangers and staff assisted the young hunters throughout the weekend by providing information on the hunt areas, assisting with the retrieval and care of harvested animals, coordinating the hunt in compliance with state and federal hunting laws and regulations, and establishing and creating a safe and fun weekend for everyone involved.

The Tenkiller Youth Hunt is part of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Controlled Youth Deer Hunts where applicants are picked randomly by a computerized drawing system.

Qualified individuals may apply online at during the specified application period (usually starting around April and ending mid May) for their chance at participating in this great opportunity.

A successful hunt for this youth posing with two rangers following the 2015 Lake Tenkiller Youth Hunt.
A successful hunt for this youth posing with two rangers following the 2015 Lake Tenkiller Youth Hunt.

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