USACE Galveston District donates $15,638 to CFC

GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, consisting of approximately 300 employees, donated $15,638 to support the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This year’s district campaign, “Be a Change Maker!” ran from Nov. 5 to Dec. 18, 2015.

 

As the only authorized charitable fundraising drive in the federal workplace, the annual district campaign focused on global charitable giving and exceeded its $15,000 goal in six weeks.

 

“Our CFC team worked to ensure that staff was informed about this campaign and the local charities in need,” said USACE Galveston District CFC Coordinator Dr. Rose Caballero. “The key workers made 100 percent contact with district staff and provided them with CFC Agency Guides and pledge forms, that way, everyone was afforded the opportunity to contribute to the charities that mattered most to them and donate to the charity of their choice.”

 

Lisa Thomasson, a CFC key leader, became a campaign volunteer nearly a decade ago because she believes she is making a difference. “There is no greater feeling than the one I get from making a difference in someone, or something’s life,” said Thomasson, whose entire family are volunteers for various non-profit organizations. “In my opinion, it is important for the district to continue to support the CFC because it sets a good example for other agencies to follow. The CFC makes it easy to contribute with automatic paycheck deductions so you never really miss the money you are contributing.”

 

Caballero explained the significance of this campaign and stated that over the last decade the district raised approximately $250,000 for the CFC, which directly contributed to local charitable, health and human service organizations.

 

“The Combined Federal Campaign generates interest, recognition and funding for thousands of worthwhile charities serving the public interest,” said Col. Richard Pannell, commander of the USACE Galveston District. “This program provides our employees increased visibility on all of the charity opportunities and allows them an easy way to make informed choices.”

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The authority to allow fundraising in the federal workplace was established in 1961 and since then the CFC has become the nation’s leading workplace giving program, raising more money for charity than any other annual employee-giving program.

For more information about the CFC visit http://www.opm.gov/cfc/. Visit the USACE Galveston District website at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.

 

$4 billion flowing through the region

By Jay Townsend

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System was the largest civil works project ever undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the time of its opening. President Richard Nixon dedicated the navigation system at the Port of Catoosa in Oklahoma on June 5, 1971. Today, about 12 million tons of cargo are shipped annually generating $4 billion in economic benefit to the region. That is a tremendous amount of industrial, chemical, agricultural and construction commodities that weren’t transported on our nation’s already congested roadways; reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More than 4 million tons of commodities were shipped from August to November 2015.

A towboat approaches Ozark Lock and Dam
A towboat approaches Ozark Lock and Dam

That’s roughly the same as 2013 and 2014. Reaching similar shipping numbers is an accomplishment considering the navigation industry was set back this spring by repeated heavy rains. The river’s swollen current collected everything in its path and flushed fields of debris downstream.

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Toad Suck Lock

May 2015 was the wettest month on record in the lower 48 states. Arkansas River flows exceeded 300,000 cubic feet per second in some of the navigation pools. Because of high water and unsafe conditions from May thru July commodities shipped on the river totaled 1.4 million tons, down 1.2 million from last year’s 2.6 million.

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Dardanelle Dam 300,000 cubic feet per second

Minus scheduled maintenance, the shipping industry has been open for business since the flows receded below 150,000 c.f.s. in late July, early August.

Montgomery Point Lock and Dam maintenance 2015
Montgomery Point Lock and Dam maintenance 2015

When Mother Nature doesn’t interfere, the navigation system provides year-round navigation from the Mississippi River in southeast Arkansas, westward to Catoosa, Oklahoma, near Tulsa. The 445-mile system links ports in Arkansas and Oklahoma with the ports of the world. The locks and dams were built to keep the water deep enough for barges during low flows.

Motor Vessel Miss Alex enters Ozark Lock.

A single barge carries the equivalent of 58 tractor-trailers. A motor vessel pushing a 15-barge tow carries the equivalent of 870 semi-truck loads. That’s a lot of 18-wheelers taken off the already congested roadways. You can view the MKARNS tonnage report here: http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx