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CORPS TO HOST WORKSHOPS FOR GREERS FERRY LAKE MASTER PLAN REVISION

The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting two workshops about the Greers Ferry Lake Draft Master Plan Revision and Draft Environmental Assessment.  The workshops will be held Feb. 4 and 5 to discuss the master plan update process and to collect public comments.

The drop-in workshops will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Heber Springs Community Center, Room 3, 201 Bobbie Jean Lane in Heber Springs, Ark., and from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Fairfield Bay Lions Club, 365 Dave Creek Parkway, in Fairfield Bay, Ark. Anyone interested in the future of Greers Ferry Lake is invited to drop in anytime during the workshops.

The Corps’ master plans set the vision for all use and development of a project’s federal public lands and waters surrounding our reservoirs, recognizing the ongoing activities of others in the watershed; specifically, environmental stewardship and recreation related purposes.

There will be resource tools associated with the draft documents to review and staff will be available to answer questions about the draft master plan and explain the difference between a master plan and a shoreline management plan.

A draft Environmental Assessment, which evaluates the potential impacts of each alternative, will also be available for review.

The Corps is requesting comments on the draft master plan and the draft Environmental Assessment.

The public’s input may be provided at the workshops or at any time during the public comment period. The comment period will run from Jan. 25 through Feb. 25.  Comments can be mailed to:  Greers Ferry Lake MP/EA Project Manager, Little Rock District, Programs and Project Management Division, P.O. Box 867, Little Rock, Ark., 72203; or email your comments to CESWL-GreersFerryLakeMasterPlan@usace.army.mil.  An on-line fillable comment card is available at https://go.usa.gov/xEbVb.

For more information about the master plan revision process go to the following website: https://go.usa.gov/xEbVb.


Hurricane Maria Deployment Awards Presentation

Among the many missions that the Corps undertakes each year, disaster relief is among them. The Corps deploys personnel to assist with relief efforts in times of crises. Oftentimes, these missions involve relief efforts pertaining to but not limited to hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. Team members work 12 hour days seven days a week for 30 days at a time, with some deployments lasting more than 90 days.

During 2017 and 2018 a catastrophic hurricane pummeled the Caribbean (Maria) causing this region to suffer severe damage, with aftereffects still being felt in 2019. As a result, personnel were needed to assist with various recovery missions. Today, some of the deployed employees are being recognized for their efforts.

The Little Rock District deployed 53 team members to assist with roofing missions during Hurricane Maria.

Deployed employees being recognized for their efforts during Hurricane Maria.

Amber Turnage, Benjamin Bremer, and Mark Harris received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for their contributions to the roofing missions.

Ryan King, Telia Mahomes and David Howell received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for their contributions to the roofing missions.

Randy Devenport received the Superior Civilian Service Award for his efforts as a local government liaison.  Devenport deployed multiple times for over 90 days.

Emergency deployments are a great opportunity for employees to serve individuals and communities impacted by natural disasters and gain valuable experience outside of their normal USACE job,” said Tony Hill, the Little Rock District’s supervisory emergency manager.

The experience gained in 2017 with Hurricane Maria proved invaluable as the entire SWL Roofing Team deployed  to Hurricane Michael in Florida this past year.

“The hours they were working and how hard everybody was working was just humbling. I was so proud to go down there and see the great things our team was doing. It was an outstanding job,” said Maj. Wade Welsh deputy commander of the Little Rock District.