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Dam dog saves thousands of taxpayer dollars

Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ellie, the border collie, protects Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15 from birds like the double-crested cormorant, which flock to the structure in the fall and winter months. The birds leave tons of waste that corrodes and damages the facility. (Photo by Brannen Parrish)

We first met Ellie, a black and white Border Collie, in October of 2015, when the staff at Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15 brought her on board to prevent birds from damaging the structure, and creating a hazardous environment for workers.

Double-crested cormorants perched at Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15 before the arrival of Ellie. The birds dropped more than 11,000 pounds of waste on the structure. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

You can see Ellie’s original story here: Dam’s best friend: Border Collie protects R.S. Kerr L&D 15

Now, a year later, Ellie is receiving some well-deserved praise for her ability to keep birds away from the dam and save taxpayer dollars.

Tulsa District Commander, Col Christopher A. Hussin presented the “Commander’s Civilian Service Award” to Ellie yesterday at a ceremony held at ORU CityPlex towers.
Ellie is a Border Collie that was brought on to chase birds away from Robert S. Kerr, Lock & Dam 15, which in turn reduced potential health hazards for employees and saved tax payers money.

For more info checkout this story on KJRH about “Ellie” the dog making a big difference at facilities on the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Saluting All Veterans – 11 November 2017

This Saturday, November 11th, we observe Veterans Day. For almost a century, since the signing of the Armistice ending World War I, Americans have marked this day to remember and
thank our military Veterans.

Today, we continue this long tradition, honoring those who have served in all branches of our military, both in peace and in war. This includes all those who have fought in the great wars
of our lifetime—World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the War on Terror. It also includes those still serving around the world, whether in our local communities or in in such volatile
locations as Afghanistan and Korea.

Many of you might be a veteran. If so, thank you for the sacrifices you made for our Nation. The number of Americans serving in the military has declined as our county has gone from the era
of the military draft to the All-Volunteer Force, but all of you probably know a veteran. Veterans form a tie that binds our American society. Most of us have a brother or sister, father, cousin,
friend or colleague who has served in the U.S. military.

On this Veterans Day, take some time to attend a parade or visit a national cemetery or veteran’s hospital. There is sure to be one in a community near you. Take the time to thank a veteran
for his or her service. You might be surprised at the impact of the simple words “Thank you for your service.”

Please join me this year in saluting all our Nation’s veterans and honoring their service. Their dedication and sacrifices have made our Nation the great democracy that it is today.


Paul E. Owen, P.E.
Colonel, US Army Corps of Engineers
Commander, Southwestern Division