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Posted 10/31/2013

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By Sean McBride
Corporate Communications


Civil Works
Charleston Harbor
• Dredging:
    o Dredged 630,000 cubic yards of material from lower Charleston Harbor. The contract was awarded to Great Lakes for $5.6 million
    o Dredged 1.97 million cubic yards of material from upper Charleston Harbor. The contract was awarded to Southern Dredging for $6.5 million
    o Presented at Savannah District’s Annual Savannah Harbor meeting on the methods that we use to operate and maintain our disposal areas in the Charleston Harbor
    o Project management, navigation and construction division toured phase one, stage one of the South Carolina State Ports Authority’s construction of the Port of Charleston’s future 280-acre Navy Base Terminal scheduled for completion in 2019 to coincide with the planned harbor deepening

Charleston Harbor Post 45 Feasibility Study
• Completed field work associated with an assessment of potential cultural resources within the study area. Coastal Carolina University used various boat-mounted instrumentation to survey the bottom of the harbor in an effort to detect potential cultural resources that could be impacted by dredging associated with the alternatives being studied. Results indicate that no sites eligible for the National Register of Historic Places exist within the footprint of the alternatives being considered
• Held a public meeting to update the public on the progress being made on the feasibility study since the initial public meeting in December 2011. The meeting featured displays on the economics, environmental and engineering aspects of the study. USACE team members were available to discuss the study and answer questions from the public
• Completed collection of wash probe data in the entrance channel. Wash probing is a technique using a concentrated jet of water to explore the sediments below the existing channel bottom for the purpose of detecting the presence of rock or other consolidated material within the range of depth alternatives being considered. Athena Technologies, Inc. performed the majority of the work while on a shrimp boat from the McClellanville fleet due to its ability to handle the sea conditions offshore
• Completed core drilling in the Charleston Harbor entrance channel to obtain rock core samples to test for strength. 49 cores were taken from different locations in the entrance channel and were sent to the Environmental Materials Unit Lab in Marietta, Ga. for testing. The rock core samples were taken using a lift-boat, which can lift the deck of the vessel above the water and waves, making it easier to take the samples. The results from testing will reduce the uncertainty surrounding the quantity, quality (strength) and location of the rock that exists in the entrance channel
• Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited the Port of Charleston to talk about the importance of infrastructure projects and especially maritime infrastructure. In addition to addressing a crowd of 200 elected officials and citizens at the Columbia Street terminal, they toured the Wando terminal and received an update on the Post 45 Feasibility Study. Other attendees to the event included SC Gov. Nikki Haley, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Rep. Mark Sanford, and City of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley
• Gov. Nikki Haley boarded the Charleston District’s Survey Vessel Evans for a tour of Charleston Harbor and to receive a briefing on the Post 45 Feasibility Study
• Participated in the SC International Trade Conference by giving presentations on the Corps’ role in Post 45
Media coverage:
    o Conducted an interview with AP reporter Bruce Smith, about the cultural and archeological survey that the Corps and Coastal Carolina University conducted. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/300-million-harbor-deepening-moves-water
    o Hosted a very effective media engagement event aboard the vessel being used by ANAMAR for environmental sediment sampling within the harbor. AP- http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-11-12/analyzing-sc-harbor-sediment-is-complex-work, WCIV http://www.abcnews4.com/story/20139597/sampling-sedimentpart-of-harbor-deepening-project, Charleston Regional Business Journal http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/news/46035-video-of-the-week?rss=0, Post and Courier http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20121209/PC05/121209411/1010/charleston-s-harbor-deepening-starts-with-testing-the-waters, Corps photos 
    o With the sequestration on the forefront of everyone’s minds, the District took several media outlets to Clouter Creek to talk about the sequestration, the impact it may have on the Post 45 project and the role Clouter Creek plays in dredging and Post 45. Moultrie News http://www.moultrienews.com/article/20130311/MN01/130319991/0/MN&slId=1, WCSC http://www.live5news.com/story/21531091/corps-says-cuts-could-delay-sc-harbor-deepening, Post and Courier http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130306/PC05/130309605/1010/army-corps-says-cuts-could-delay-charleston-harbor-deepening, WCBD http://www.abcnews4.com/story/21527410/uncharted-territory-provides-perfect-place-for-harbor-disposal
    o Several media outlets covered Athena’s use of the shrimp boat as a unique platform for the wash probes testing. WCIV , Post and Courier http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130413/PC05/130419663/1010/army-corps-enlists-shrimp-boats-in-charleston-dredging-study, AP 
    o Several reporters attended the Post 45 public meeting on April 30th WSCS http://www.live5news.com/story/22125123/plan-to-deepen-charleston-harbor-running-on-schedule, Post and Courier http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130501/PC05/130509974/1010/corps-of-engineers-official-study-into-deepening-charleston-harbor-remains-on-track, Charleston Regional Business Journal http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130501/PC05/130509974/1010/corps-of-engineers-official-study-into-deepening-charleston-harbor-remains-on-track, AP 
    o Former District Commander Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne was awarded the Order of the Palmetto due to his expatiation of the Post 45 Study and several media outlets were present when he received the award. WCSC http://www.live5news.com/story/22613816/district-commander-receives-order-of-the-palmetto, WCIV http://www.abcnews4.com/story/22612961/army-colonel-awarded-the, Moultrie News http://www.moultrienews.com/article/20130617/MN01/130619774/-1/MN/gov-haley-presents-order-of-the-palmetto-to-army-corps-8217-chamberlayne
    o Field work for the Post 45 study is completed and the District invited several media outlets to see some of the samples of the Charleston Harbor that was collected. WCBD-http://www.counton2.com/story/23362692/can-the-charleston-harbor-be-dredged, Post and Courier http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130906/PC05/130909609/1177/army-corps-of-engineers-announces-completion-of-studies-for-charleston-harbor-dredging, AP- http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-09-06/army-corps-engineers-completes-field-studies-charleston-harbor-deepening?v=1378505083, South Carolina Radio Network-http://www.southcarolinaradionetwork.com/2013/09/06/corps-of-engineers-finish-field-tests-for-charleston-harbor-dredging/
    o Interview to highlight success of Oyster Castle Pilot Project.
Speaking opportunities
    o East Cooper Newcomer’s Club
    o SAC hosted 20 New Professionals from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR)
    o Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee 
    o SAME Charleston Post  
    o A public meeting was held at The Citadel 
    o Charleston Chapter of the US Naval Academy Association

Edisto Island

• Completed the Alternatives and Tentatively Selected Plan Milestones, the draft Integrated Feasibility Study and the Environmental Assessment and published it for public review
• A successful public meeting was held at the Town of Edisto Beach to present the findings of the draft feasibility study and environmental assessment. This meeting was conducted in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and was attended by approximately 60 members of the public and resulted in productive questions and comments

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
• Gave a presentation on the condition of the AIWW in S.C. and the capabilities of the Charleston District’s GIS and multi-beam surveying teams to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association

Georgetown Harbor
• The Charleston District attended the Georgetown Port Task Force meeting and addressed questions from the taskforce regarding the civil works process relating to federal funding for the existing port

Polk Swamp
• Completed Study Initiation Report for a Continuing Authorities Section 206 (Ecosystem Restoration) project at Polk Swamp

Cooper River Rediversion Project
• A $2 million renovation to the St. Stephen Fishlift was completed. The renovation included replacing the grating on the bottom of the crowder chamber, a new HVAC system and two 25 foot 8,000 pound gates
• Passed 438,000 American shad and blueback herring through the St. Stephen Powerhouse’s fish lift
• Several national fish passage experts toured and the facility was lauded “one of the most important fish passage systems in the U.S. with huge importance to the health of the North Atlantic Ocean ecosystem” by a NOAA fish expert
• Maintained a score of 96 on the Dam Safety Program Management Tools scorecard. This score of 96 is the highest in the South Atlantic Division and one of the highest throughout USACE
• The Charleston District hosted two very productive partnering sessions with Santee Cooper and S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The event further strengthened our outstanding relationships with our St. Stephen water resource partners

Lake Marion Regional Water Project
• The Wells Crossroads to Holly Hill reach is 99% complete. This $4.9 million water distribution portion project was awarded to a small business
• Goodbys Creek Wastewater Collection Lines portion of the project is 98% complete. This $4.87M project will be physically complete in November 2013 and was also awarded to small business

Fairfield County PAS
• This study to evaluate water supply alternatives for the local area for future water uses was initiated in FY 13. The report will be completed in November 2013

Lexington PAS
• Negotiated and executed a new PAS Study to assist with flooding in Lexington County. The study will start in FY14

Columbia PAS
• Columbia PAS was completed; final documentation is underway and will be closed out in the first quarter of FY 14

Richland County PAS
• Richland County was completed and closed out

Folly Beach
• The Charleston District received funds for the Folly Beach Shore Protection Project and anticipates awarding a contract in November 2013 with a completion in May 2014. Approximately 1.4 million cubic yards are scheduled to be placed on the beach

Maritime Projects
• The Charleston District geographic information systems public portal opened: http://w3.sac.usace.army.mil/home/. This is an open public link that shares the most up to date survey information in the Charleston Harbor and along the AIWW

Engineering and Construction

• The Charleston District received an overall fiscal year 2012 score of 4.56 with a 90 percent response rate on the Military Customer Satisfaction Survey. To put this score into perspective, in FY10 and FY11, the District received a 4.34 and 4.42 respectively
Marine Forces Reserves
• The Charleston District attended two semi-annual line item reviews with MARFORRES. The first review included a recap of FY12 execution and forecasted the FY13 workload. The second review addressed year-end award commitments, furlough impacts, contract capabilities, SCAR requirements and VE requirements. MARFORRES continued to express a high level of confidence of the District
• The Charleston District exercised the fourth option year for MARFORESS central preventative maintenance contract in the amount of $2.5 million
• Awarded the last option period for MARFORRES Central Region to Enviromedial Services Inc. in the amount of $1.5 million
• The District exercised the option for real property management and planning support for MARFORRES. The award was made to R&K Solutions in the amount of $4 million
• Awarded the re-procurement IDIQ contract for Facilities Preventative Maintenance Southeast Regional contract to Enviremedial Services Inc. This is a five year contract that services a five state area (FL, GA, SC, AL and MS) at an award amount not to exceed $8 million
• Awarded a contract for preventative maintenance and facilities maintenance for MARFORRES West region. This contract is an IDIQ with a base year and four one year options not to exceed $1.8 million and was awarded to Enviromedial Services Inc
• Awarded $184,000 contract to ABM Government Services for various repairs
• Completed MARFORRES HQ Various Revisions and North Gate by Bristol for $2.9 million
• Prepared nine Environmental Condition of Property reports to support MARFORRES real estate transactions across the nation

Veteran’s Administration
• The Charleston District participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the $9.9 million PTSD/Mental Health Research Building. The facility is designed with lab and clinical space to speed treatment discoveries to clinical application for Veteran treatment. The 16,000 sq. ft., one-story building was designed for the potential future expansion of up to five stories. Lt. Col. Chamberlayne spoke about the importance of the facility and ceremonially broke ground on the facility with Carolyn Adams, the Director of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
• The Charleston District attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $5.8 million ICU ward at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia that Fort Jackson Resident Office and Interagency and International Support project managers delivered for this important customer
• The Charleston District initiated development of an A-E task order solicitation to support the VA Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy National Office to provide a facility requirements package that will be used for future development of one or more Design-Build RFPs. The D-B RFPs will be used to support future design and construction of up to three replacement CMOP facilities

Department of State
• The Charleston District attended the Department of State Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Human Resources Service Center that the District renovated. This project was a $10 million conversion of a former bowling alley in the old Charleston Navy Base into a state-of-the-art administrative facility
Joint Base Charleston
• Awarded a $4 million contract to Southern Dredging Co. to dredge the Joint Base Charleston reach and TC Dock Dredging
• The Charleston District awarded the second option year for the SPAWAR Janitorial contract. The contract was awarded to Goodwill Industries. in the amount of $2 million
• The Charleston District awarded a $289,000 contract to the Osborne Company for $288,731 for SPAWAR elevator repairs
• ASLAC – five Job Order Contracts, two AE contracts, two MATOC, total of nine contract awards totaling $707K
• BRIG – Awarded Air Handling Unit and Ceiling Tile Install $388K awarded to Northcon
• BRIG – Multiple awards (Ceiling Tile in Admin, Medical Area Renovation, Install New Gym Floor, Floor Tile Install, Generator Replacement, HVAC for B2) totaling $844K to International Public Works
• SDDC – Awarded AE for Moisture Damage award to Lindbergh & Associates and SDDC Fiber Optics Construction award to Northcon totaling $506.4K
• SPAWAR Awarded four AE’s, 2nd year option on Janitorial Contract, and eight JOC awards totaling $3.7Million
• NPTU award three JOC contracts totaling $239K (repairing flooring, construct wall cabinet, bathroom renovation); Completed Freeland Construction Project for NPTU Temporary Facilities and Site Development totaling 1.2 Million
• Navy Health Clinic construct Canopy $315K MATOC to Military & Federal Construction
• NNPTC awarded construct walkway to Northcon JOC contract for $20.4K
• Completed Job Order Contracts for NMC Site 1 Fencing/Fiber, Renovations in several SPAWAR Buildings (3113, 3114, 3147, and 3414), Short Stay Sea Wall, and Building 274 awarded to Northcon

National Park Service
• The Charleston District awarded a $92,000 task order to complete a feasibility study, develop a recommendation, and develop an RFP for the National Park Service’s renewable energy project at Fort Sumter. This project will bring solar panels and hydrogen fuels cells to this historic landmark and one of the first Corps of Engineers construction efforts in Charleston
• Completed Dredging of NPS Fort Moultrie dock

Defense Logistic Agency- Distribution
• Spoke at the roof raising ceremony that was the kickoff to the replacement of the 43 acre roof on DLA's Eastern Distribution Center Warehouse
• Awarded a $5 million contract to support preventative maintenance of the DLA Distribution facilities at Red River, Tex. This support is part of our on-going support to DLA Installation Support and the DLA customers they support
• Exercised second option period for Warner Robbins Preventative Maintenance contract for DLA; awarded to Native Energy and Technology in the amount of $2,734,120
• Issued a contract modification to provide temporary office space during roof replacement at DDSP, New Cumberland. Awarded to Boro Developers in the amount of $3,306,072
• Issued a multiple award task order contract for design build and general construction type projects for DLA Nationwide to three contractors: Lifecycle Construction; Pentacon, LLC; and Anthony and Gordon Construction Co. These contracts are five year contracts with contract capacity not to exceed $49 million
    o Issued a contract for roof repairs for DLA Utah to Pentacon, LLC (one of our MATOC holders) in the amount of $5,334,500
    o Task order in the amount $9,123,455 was awarded to Lifecycle Construction Services to replace loading docks for DLA Red River. This is a seed project on the $49 million DLA MATOC
• Awarded a general architecture and engineering services contract with a one year base period and two, one year options not to exceed $9.9 million to Jacobs Government Services Company
• Completed DDRT Repairs to various buildings by Doyon Services for $6.9 million

Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration
• Continue to provide construction QA oversight and technical support to DOE-EM for the Saltstone Disposal Unit Tank #6 project, which will provide capability for long-term storage of a processed grout mixture that contains low-level radiological waste
• Continue to provide construction QA oversight and technical support to NNSA for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project, which supports conversion of military grade nuclear fuel to commercial grade level fuel
• Awarded a task order in the amount of $201,186 for continued CMS Mechanical QA oversight at the MOX project
• Awarded a task order in the amount of $722,241 through Huntington District to MPR for continued Engineering support at the MOX project
Shaw AFB
• The Charleston District is helping Shaw AFB achieve stringent goals for diversion of solid waste from landfill disposal through the Environmental Management System process of identifying objectives and targets and developing an environmental action plan to achieve these goals. Shaw’s goal is to divert at least one-third of the waste currently being disposed in landfills
• ARCENT 3rd Army HQ at Shaw AFB
    o Awarded GIS Spacial Engineering contract to SPATIAL Engineering for $850K
    o Completed construction of two HQ 3rd Army buildings totaling $110 million. Construction oversight of these buildings were managed by NAVFAC Atlantic Division

Formerly Used Defense Sites
• Completed field work at the former Camp Croft in Spartanburg for a CERCLA Remedial Investigation
• Numerous sampling events and remedial designs have been and continue to take place at the former Donaldson Air Force Base
• Remediated contamination from an underground storage tank at the former DuPont Communications Station in Charleston
• Continued the Remedial Investigation at the former Conway Bombing and Gunnery Range in Conway/North Myrtle Beach area

Fort Jackson
• The Fort Jackson NCO Club held the Fort Jackson NCO Army Ball to celebrate the Army’s birthday. This is the first major event hosted by the NCO Club since we completed a $5 million renovation project that enabled the Club to reopen after being shutdown due to a fire in late March 2012
• Finished construction of the Legion Pool where Soldiers and their families at Fort Jackson can relax after a hard day of training
• Awarded contract for renovation of Reception Battalion 1872 to Sauer Inc. in the amount of $14.9 million
• AE awards for BTC 4, Bldg 3280, L&A Testing, Value Engineering and Enhanced Commissioning totaling $1.5 million
• Mod for Starship 5422 Structural totaling 2.5 million to Carothers Construction
• OMA Starship 5482 MATOC awarded for 33 million to Carothers Construction
• Fiscally closed NIC Construction Project for $2.4 million
• Fiscally closed MRF Range for $4.4 million
• Fiscally closed Starship 11000 & 12000 Training Complex Upgrade-2 for $59 million
• Fiscally closed Drill Sergeant School for $26.3 million
• Completed BTC3 Phase 1 by BL Harlbert International total costs were $45.4 million
• Completed Starship 4420 by Balfour Beatty Design Build contractor. Total costs were $31million
• Completed Advanced Individual Training Battalion Headquarters by Lifecycle for $8.2 million
• Completed BTC 2 Lost Scope by Clark Construction Group for $17.4 million
• Completed Renovation of Building 3285 by Atlantic Marine Construction for $1.5 million
• Completed Building Insulation Project by Doyon Logistics for $1.9 million
• Completed Energy Conservation Improvement Project by Military and Federal for $5.8 million
• Completed Renovation of Building 3330 for $2.7 million

81st Regional Support Command
• Hired 21 new, term employees to support our new customer, the US Army Reserve 81st Regional Support Command
• Awarded a preventative maintenance and municipal services contract for Region P (Puerto Rico) to Enviremedial Services Inc. in the amount of $3,606,142
• Exercised first option period for Region A to Enviremedial Services, Inc. for preventative maintenance in the amount of $1,262,500
• Exercised first option period for Louisiana to Rowe Contracting Services for municipal services in the amount of $245,192
• Awarded a task order for Region A facility maintenance contract to repair HVAC systems at USARC Lake Charles, La., for $253,689 to Enviremedial Services, Inc.
• Awarded a task order for Region A facility maintenance contract to repair sewer line at New Orleans, LA facility for $129,252 to Enviremedial Services, Inc.
• Awarded a task order for Region A facility maintenance contract to remove carpet at Vicksburg, MS facility for $75,897 to Enviremedial Services, Inc.
• Awarded a task order for Region A facility maintenance contract to repair HVAC system at Lafayette, LA facility for $26,444 to Enviremedial Services, Inc.
• Awarded an AE task order to O’Brien and Gere to complete facility inventories for $1,387,500
• Awarded a task order for Region A facility maintenance contract to repair HVAC system at Baton Rouge, LA facility for $244,987 to Enviremedial Services, Inc.
• Awarded an AE task order to O’Brien and Gere to complete reset designs for $917,426
• Awarded an AE task order to O’Brien and Gere to complete facility inventories for $575,337
• Awarded a modification to preventative maintenance and municipal services contract for Region P (Puerto Rico) to Enviremedial Services Inc. in the amount of $382,845 for the addition of two sites
• Awarded a task order for Region A facility maintenance contract to replace carpet at Vicksburg, MS facility for $237,180 to Enviremedial Services, Inc.
• Awarded a task order for Region A facility maintenance contract to replace chiller at Baton Rouge, LA facility for $372,449 to Enviremedial Services, Inc.
• Ceiba Generator for 81st Puerto Rico awarded to Enviremedial Service in the amount of $34,772
• Designed 57 HVAC/Elec/Plumbing/Roof reset projects throughout the Southeast. Assembled the designs into eight task orders – four for the Charleston MATOC and four for the SAS Georgia MATOC. Awarded 26 of the designs to these MATOCs, with the remaining designs identified as “options” in the eight task orders

Regulatory
• Issued 519 general permits with 95.57% issued in less than 60 days
• Issued 80 individual permits with 55% in less than 120 days
• Completed 1,092 jurisdictional determinations
• Performed 65 compliance inspections
• Resolved 246 non compliance/enforcement cases.

• Issued provisional permits for two ocean outfall projects in North Myrtle Beach. The work involves removing existing stormwater outfall pipes located on the beach and combining them into large underground pipes that are designed to take the stormwater offshore approximately 1,200 feet. The projects significantly reduce bacteria levels in the surf zone, resulting in fewer beach closures and improved water quality
• Met with the SC Forestry Commission, the US Forest Service, and SCDNR to continue discussions regarding a general permit that would authorize temporary impacts and discharges associated with fighting large scale forest fires. Additionally, the GP would authorize minor impacts that may result from conducting controlled burns and normal forestry management and training. Several other Corps Districts already have a GP in place for such activities and the Charleston District is working to implement a similar GP in this state
• Met with Chief Harris of the Catawba Indian Nation in Rock Hill, SC to continue the discussion on the final disposition of remains disinterred during the original construction of the St. Stephen Powerhouse and Dam. Also discussed the potential of the Catawba Nation to get assistance from the Corps through the Planning Assistance to States program
• Conducted quarterly coordination meetings with SCDOT and FHWA. These meetings continue to be productive for synchronizing priorities and schedules with these partners
• Charleston District and the U. S Forest Service, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, signed a Conservation Land Use Agreement. The agreement establishes a mutual framework whereby compensatory mitigation requirements associated with Department of the Army permits may be satisfied by restoring or enhancing aquatic resources located on suitable lands comprising the National Forest System and/or to contribute suitable lands to be incorporated within the National Forest System
• The Waccamaw Mitigation Bank was approved and Regulatory Division authorized the initial credit release. The primary service area for the bank is the outer coastal plain portion of the Waccamaw River Basin in Horry and Georgetown Counties. The approval of a new mitigation bank will provide an available source of mitigation credits to compensate for unavoidable project impacts in a project-heavy watershed. The approval of the bank received favorable media attention because the 755.1-acre site was transferred to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and incorporated into the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve
• Issued a Nationwide Permit verification letter to Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District for the construction of a four lane road with utilities in waters of the U.S. that would provide transportation of people, goods, and services to a warehouse adjacent to the Inland Port

Outreach
• Participated as an exhibitor in the 31st annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), in Charleston. The exhibit was located in the Conservation Tent at Marion Square. Approximately 50,000 people attend SEWE annually. The topic for this year’s exhibit was Modern Day Management of Managed Tidal Impoundments and focused on the new General Permit. The display also featured the new Avatar kiosk with educational Interactive Modules that were available for public use
• The Northwest Branch participated in the Sportsmen’s Classic. The Classic is an annual event organized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to celebrate outdoor activities in the State. Approximately 40,000 people attend this event annually. The NWB presented information regarding the Corps and our mission, with a focus on wetlands and other waters of the United States
• Presented a one-day training exercise in wetland recognition and boundary delineation for the National Estuarine Research Reserve Training Program. The exercise was held at the Belle Baruch Marine Institute in Georgetown and included 22 participants. Representatives from SCDHEC and two local homebuilding firms also attended
• Presented an overview of the regulatory program to the American Council of Engineering Companies Winter Meeting held in Columbia
• Held several consultation workshops around the state for the environmental consulting community. Sessions focused on the use of the Regional Supplements, an introduction to the revised Charleston District Jurisdictional Determination Request Form, and a presentation on information that is required for wetland determination submittals with a goal of improving submittals from consultants, which will ultimately result in a more efficient and timely response to the public from our regulatory division
• Began development on an “Advanced Wetland Delineation” course to be held annually in Charleston. The tentative timeframe for the first session is April 2014
• Met with Congressman Tom Rice, who represents the new SC 7th Congressional District, to discuss regulatory actions in his district including the Carolina Bays Parkway permit, I-73 permit, and the potential for deepening the Georgetown Harbor
• Participated in a workshop to address compliance and enforcement hosted by SCDOT in Columbia as part of the resolution for a former non-compliance/violation of a Department of the Army permit. Approximately 175 SCDOT staff and contractors attended the workshop focused on the regulatory requirements of OCRM, DHEC and the Corps. The purpose of the workshop was to assist in reducing the number of non-compliance cases with SCDOT permits and enforcement actions associated with transportation projects in South Carolina
• 14 additional outreach events held throughout the state and online in order to promote the regulatory mission

Carolina Bays
• Issued a Department of the Army permit/ modification to SCDOT

Berlin G. Myers
• Continued work on the Berlin G. Myers Parkway project. Had several meetings throughout the year with SCDOT, Federal Highways Association, Town of Summerville Mayor Bill Collins and more to discuss and provide clarification on the hydraulic and hydrologic studies that are necessary for the proposed changes to Sawmill Branch and the parkway

Cherry Grove
• Issued a permit for dredging at Cherry Grove to the City of North Myrtle Beach. This project is a major action that will result in the dredging of approximately 125,000 cubic yards of material from the Cherry Grove canal system, restoring recreational access to the Cherry Grove Inlet and Atlantic Ocean to more than 1,100 residents, locals and tourists in the area

BMW
• In July, Regulatory issued a public notice for the proposed expansion at the existing BMW facility located in Greer, S.C. The proposed project consists of impacts to approximately 5,982 linear feet of streams and 9.88 acres of freshwater wetlands to facilitate the expansion of the existing facility through the addition of automobile production space, including the construction of additional body shop facilities, a parts supply/sub-assembly manufacturing facility, a logistics support facility, access roads, loading docks, parking lots, and associated storm water facilities. The applicant proposes to compensate for adverse impacts to jurisdictional waters through the BMW Enoree River Basin Mitigation Plan, a permittee-responsible mitigation plan encompassing 472.5 acres in Newberry County, S.C.

Palmetto Railways Intermodal Container Transfer Facility
• Palmetto Railways submitted a proposal to develop a new Intermodal Rail Facility at the former Charleston Navy Base and requested that the Corps initiate the NEPA process. A Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement was published in the Federal Register and a Public Scoping Meeting regarding the proposed project will be held on November 14, 2013

Sea Pines Resort
• Issued the permit for dredging at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head. Soon after, attended a “Special Announcement” ceremony at the location, hosted by Governor Nikki Haley, the South Island Dredging Association, and the Sea Pines Resort. The “special announcement” was that they had obtained both the state and federal permits to perform the dredging and disposal operations at multiple locations within Sea Pines Plantation and to thank all those that had been involved in the permitting process. This permit was particularly significant in that it was the first permit issued in the state of SC for open water disposal into inland waters pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Haley called the permits a “perfect example of what we can do in South Carolina when we work together, when we get all the players together, and when we say, ‘Let’s get this thing done.’” She also said that the Corps had been “phenomenal to deal with.”

Haile Gold Mine
• This project has been the subject of a multi-year review requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement in addition to the permit application review process. During 2013, the Regulatory Division coordinated the efforts of a third party EIS contractor and three cooperating agencies: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Catawba Indian Nation, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Technical issues addressed and resolved during the year included determination of the extent of impacts (direct and indirect) due to the drawdown of groundwater associated with mine excavation depressurization. Extensive groundwater hydrologic modeling was performed to make predictions about these impacts, as well as to assist in additional related modeling of groundwater and surface water quality impacts that may also result. Project revisions to reduce direct impacts to wetlands and streams were followed by receipt of a revised mitigation plan proposing to acquire and preserve 4,559 acres of outstanding resource waters as compensation for all project impacts to waters of the U.S.
• Held an informal community meeting in August to provide the community an interactive graphic presentation describing the proposed mine, including descriptions of the potential impacts associated with various elements of the mine construction and operation. During the meeting, the Charleston District presented information regarding the proposed mine plan and summarized the approach and agency position on alternatives analysis, as well as provided an update on groundwater modeling analysis, project milestones and project schedule for the EIS process. The meeting also provided the community the opportunity to discuss the overall project, revised mitigation plan, and the Alternatives Development and Evaluation Report. The meeting was well-attended by approximately 300 private citizens from the community
• Introduced the project web-based Mine Interactive Experience (MInE) available at http://www.hailegoldmineeis.com/. This interactive web site shows users what the project site will look like through the lifespan of the proposed project. The site allows users to click on pop-out boxes that give information about what each element of the project will entail and gives descriptions of technical and industry terminology

Lee Nuclear
• This project has been the subject of a multi-year review requiring a construction and operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state permits/water quality certification, in addition to a Department of the Army permit. The Charleston District has continued in a cooperating agency role with the lead agency NRC in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for Duke Energy’s proposal to build and operate two 1200-megawatt nuclear reactors and associated facilities, including one 14-mile rail corridor, two transmission lines totaling 17 miles, and a 600-acre (14,000 acre-feet) reservoir for emergency water supply. During 2013, the Regulatory Division actively participated in responding to comments received on the December 2011 Draft EIS to prepare the Final EIS, scheduled for public availability in December 2013. More closely related to review and processing of the DA permit application, substantial project review efforts during 2013 have involved reviewing developing compensatory mitigation plans for the 69,000 linear feet of proposed stream impacts. These efforts included a series of agency review meetings and coordinating multi-agency field reviews to restoration and preservation sites on private land and within the Sumter National Forest where a massive stream restoration effort has been designed as part of proposed mitigation. The Regulatory Division coordinated the preparation and execution of a Cultural Resources Management Plan and Memorandum of Agreement signed by Duke Energy, South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, Catawba Indian Nation, and the Regulatory Division

Boeing
• Met with Boeing to discuss their purchase of 21 acres of land located immediately adjacent to the existing 787 assembly facility. Boeing is interested in modifying their current permit which would allow them to incorporate the 21 acre tract into the existing facility. Boeing also has future plans to acquire approximately 200 acres from the Charleston County Aviation Authority. Jurisdictional determinations for both the 21 acre tract and the 200 acre tract will expire in 2013. RD is working with Boeing to discuss all options and determine the best path forward

Interstate-73
• Along with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, regulatory personnel led an interagency field visit to review the proposed Long Branch Stream Mitigation site for the I-73 extension project. The site is located in Dillon County and is the area that SCDOT has proposed to utilize as mitigation for stream impacts that will result from the construction of I-73. RD was accompanied by staff from EPA, USFWS, SCDHEC, OCRM, SCDNR, SCDOT, FHWA, as well as a representative from Congressman Rice’s office

Emergency Management

• 10 District personnel served in Afghanistan in support of Overseas Contingency Operations
• Performed pre- and post-Hurricane Sandy surveys of Folly Beach and determined approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sand were lost
• Deployed two people to the New York/New Jersey area to provide Hurricane Sandy disaster relief
• Transitioned from the National Ice Planning and Response Team to an Infrastructure Assessment PRT. Completed recruiting for the team and everyone completed required training. This team will now evaluate the structural integrity of homes and other buildings after a natural disaster has occur to determine if the building is safe for people to return to
• Conducted a Continuity of Operations Exercise featuring mobilization of the Crisis Action Team to the District’s primary Emergency Relocation Facility located at the St. Stephen Powerhouse and an employee accountability drill. Training for the CAT focused on documentation and tracking with topics such as timekeeping, funding requests, conversation recording, daily staff journal, and tasker development and tracking
• Participated in the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s Full Scale Exercise at the state’s emergency operations center in Columbia, S.C., in order to reinforce the District’s integration in the operation and strengthen the partnership with SCEMD
• Met with US Coast Guard. This meeting was an information sharing session between the newly appointed Charleston District Commander, Lt. Col. John Litz, and the newly appointed Sector Charleston Port Commander, Capt. Ric Rodriguez. The intent was to discuss USACE and USCG roles and responsibilities in a pre- and post-disaster environment, and determine ways to leverage our capabilities with respect to aid to navigation of federal channels in SC waterways
• As a proactive measure, the Survey Section completed comprehensive pre-storm LiDAR topographic surveys of beach projects, including Edisto Beach, Folly Beach, Surfside Beach, Myrtle Beach, and North Myrtle Beach. The collected data includes full high-resolution LiDAR scans of the entire beach profile from the water surface to the top of the dune line. Imagery was also collected in conjunction with the LiDAR to capture current conditions of dunes and structures
• Met with the SC Emergency Management Division Director. This meeting was an information sharing session between the newly appointed Charleston District Commander, Lt. Col. John Litz, and the newly appointed SC EMD Director, Kim Stenson. Items discussed were USACE and SC EMD roles and responsibilities in a post disaster environment, and determine ways to leverage our capabilities to facilitate an effective and efficient emergency response
• Inspection of Completed Works: Charleston District conducted continuing-eligibility inspections on 22 of the 24 flood control projects currently participating in the ICW program. Of the 22 projects inspected, 21 projects met or exceeded the minimum requirements to remain eligible for continuing participation in the ICW program, with one project inspection still under review. The ICW program provides periodic inspection of active federal flood risk management project’s to determine if the project is being maintained in accordance with USACE criteria

Other Building Strong Actions

Personnel:
    o Charleston District hired 28 new people
    o Six employees retired 
    o Nine left for other career opportunities 
    o Hired four new students for the summer student temporary employment program
    o Hosted one Army cadet for a summer internship

Contracting:
    o Completed 576 contracting actions, equaling $164 million in contract awards
    o At the annual Society of American Military Engineers’ Small Business Conference, the District was awarded for exceeding the goal to award contracts to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. The goal was 5% and the District awarded 11.56% of total workload amounting to nearly $30 million in fiscal year 2012!

Media:
    o Charleston District public website has had 69,376 visits and 868,502 page views, meaning people clicked through more than 12 pages on the site each time they visited (http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/)
    o The Charleston District Facebook page hit the one year mark and currently has 392 “likes” (https://www.facebook.com/CharlestonCorps)
    o Twitter followers grew to more than 1,630, which is an increase of more than 70% from last year (http://twitter.com/CharlestonCorps)
    o Conducted 130 media engagements and numerous speaking engagements

Community Service:
    o Participated in the “Feds Feed Families” food drive, collecting exactly 310 lbs. of food for the Lowcountry Food Bank, which will provide 258 meals to local families
    o The Charleston District completed another Combined Federal Campaign and exceeded its $32,000 goal by contributing $35,437.42 to local, national, and international charities. This was a new contribution record for the District
    o Held three blood drives at the Charleston District headquarters building collecting 55 pints of blood that could save up to 165 lives
    o The District collected $320 to donate to the Corps’ North Atlantic Division employees and families impacted by Hurricane Sandy as part of the total $1,355 donated overall by the South Atlantic Division
    o Contributed more than 100 employee-donated toys to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program at Christmas. These toys help ensure that all the children in the community have a joyous holiday season
    o The Charleston District Family Readiness Network collected more than 100 coats during a three week, “Spring Cleaning Coat Drive” to support the District’s Overseas Contingency Operations volunteers who will distribute the coats to families in Afghanistan
    o Employee volunteers conducted two beach cleanups on the District’s Adopt-a-Beach section of Folly Beach
    o Participated in the United Way's Day of Caring by performing a couple hours of volunteer work in support of the SC Department of Natural Resources' oyster reef program.  The program places mesh bags of recycled oyster shells along the shoreline to promote the growth of oyster reefs which provide erosion protection and improve water quality
    o District Commander Lt. Col. John Litz threw out the first pitch for the Charleston Riverdogs at their Military Appreciation Night

Awards:
    o Gov. Nikki Haley presented former Charleston District Commander Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne with the Order of the Palmetto award for his contributions to the state during his command. The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian service award in the state of South Carolina, is considered a lifetime achievement award, and one for which a military service member has never been recognized
    o Former District Commander Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne was issued the South Carolina Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s “Above and Beyond Award” on behalf of the District in recognition of the efforts of our Family Readiness Network
    o Former District Commander Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne received the Society of American Military Engineers Regional Vice President’s Medal at the Charleston Post’s Industry Day in recognition of his leadership as Post President during which time the Post earned the “Distinguished Post” designation
    o The District’s Regulatory Chief was selected as the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Influential Woman in Business from more than 100 nominations in the Executive/CEO category of the annual competition. The award was based on demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in careers and community service
    o A Charleston District Survey Team member was selected as the Employee of the Year in the Technician/Assistant category by the Charleston area Federal Executive Association.  Additionally, the Charleston District achieved third place recognition in the Managerial/Executive Category, the Supervisory Category, and the Team Category
    o The Charleston District’s Chief of Navigation was selected as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40.”  This annual award recognizes the accomplishments and community involvement of 40 professionals younger than 40 years old who are making their mark on the Charleston region
    o USACE Chief Counsel awarded Charleston District Assistant District Counsel with the James A. Seltzer award for his exemplary work on the Rediversion indemnity claim and Regulatory litigation
    o Charleston District human resources department won a Bronze Award from the Civilian Human Resources Agency for reaching certain performance measures
    o South Atlantic Division’s Regional Logistics Manager presented the Charleston District Logistics Team with Department of the Army Certificates of Achievement to recognize their hard work on re-establishing property accountability

Training:
    o A third Charleston District employee graduated from Furman University's Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative. This is a unique program that encourages community leaders to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the many facets of diversity in our state, including among others, differences in cultural background, language, gender, and physical ability
    o One public affairs specialist graduated as an honor graduate from the Public Affairs Qualification Course at the Department of Defense’s Defense Information School at Fort Meade, MD
    o A Civil Works Program Analyst graduated from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Charleston
    o Conducted a “brown bag lunch and learn” session on the Workforce Recruitment Program which helps place college students and recent graduates with disabilities into the federal government in summer, temporary and permanent positions
    o Conducted a Suicide Prevention Stand Down, training personnel on the warning signs of someone who is contemplating suicide and how to handle the situation
    o Held a lunch time cultural event featuring a presentation by Mr. Ted “Hawk” Hurst, a local expert on Native American music, storytelling, and Cherokee culture. Hurst’s presentation featured a wide variety of musical instruments and artifacts accompanied with explanations of both how they were made and demonstrations of how they are connected to Cherokee culture. Hurst’s appearance was both entertaining and educational and served to highlight the value of the many forms of diversity that we draw upon to execute our mission
    o Led several supervisor development sessions on topics such effective management techniques, the difference between conduct and performance, developing effective performance objectives, and techniques for monitoring performance
    o Set up a monthly series of leadership topics to help continue to develop the leadership skills of District employees. Monthly topics included networking, interviewing/resumes, getting/giving feedback, coaching others, leading without authority, and facilitating
    o Briefed Army Cadets at The Citadel during the branch orientation event. Briefing focused on the opportunities and experiences they would have as engineer officers

Certifications:
    o A power plant electrician at our St. Stephen Powerhouse passed the Senior Electrician Exam. He was the first to pass the exam in the South Atlantic Division in five years
    o Two St. Stephen Powerhouse trainees passed their exams for the Student Career Experience Program to become a fully-performing electrician and mechanic
    o One engineer at Fort Jackson earned his Professional Engineer license
    o Two Fort Jackson engineers passed their Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering exams
    o One regulatory biologist became a Certified Professional Soil Scientist
    o An executive secretary passed the International Association of Administrative Professionals’ certification exam and is now a Certified Administrative Professional
    o Charleston District’s Survey Chief was awarded his 100 Ton US Coast Guard Captains License and is one of only a handful of survey chiefs within the Corps of Engineers to earn this type of license

Meetings:
    o Met with SC Gov. Nikki Haley to provide an update on Post 45 and reviewed the status of major regulatory actions. She was very pleased with the progress on Post 45 and asked several questions on the Haile Gold Mine permit evaluation currently underway 
    o Attended meetings of the Citadel Civil Engineering Advisory Council, which is composed of members who are also tied to the construction and engineering industry and are involved in projects throughout the state
    o The District is proud that the South Atlantic Division selected one of Charleston District’s biologists in the planning branch as the region’s representative for the 2013 Emerging Leaders Conference
    o Charleston District Operations Chief participated in the annual Operations Project Managers Community of Practice Advisory Board meeting 
    o Met with The Nature Conservancy to discuss their database development efforts and our shared interest in oyster restoration efforts
    o Met with military installations to discuss hurricane evacuation preparedness
    o Participated in stakeholder Watershed Management Workshop hosted by SCDHEC and SCDNR

STEM

• Charleston District hosted an “ACE Mentor Session, which stands for architecture, construction, and engineering. At Charleston District, we led a discussion with eight students from Burke High School on the Civil Engineering profession including sub-disciplines, types of projects that civil engineers work on, career paths, and salary. Students toured the District headquarters, learned about the USACE mission, and did a hands-on project to explore contour mapping, terrain modeling, and civil engineering technologies
• Hosted an eighth grader interested in careers in engineering and architecture at Fort Jackson. The student was given a first-hand look at a variety of construction activities to include training center renovation, placement of structural steel and concrete at an new construction site, storm water design, central energy plant mechanical improvements, and construction site safety plan
• Charleston District participated in the three-day Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) with displays to explain the District’s Regulatory Program and the Charleston Harbor Post 45 deepening study. SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the nation. It is in its 30th year and features 500 exhibitors (agencies, conservation groups, outdoor associations, artists, and vendors) and attracts more than 40,000 attendees
• The Charleston District hosted 40 middle school students from the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science for an orientation on how STEM professionals in the Corps of Engineers help the community by developing affordable and environmentally responsible solutions to challenging problems
• The Charleston District hosted 30 undergraduate students, majoring in Marine Science, from Coastal Carolina University and provided them with an overview of the District’s mission and an in-depth discussion of the Post 45 Study. Their visit to the District enabled them to make the connection between their course of study and real world environmental issues
• Charleston District survey team members performed the second annual multi-beam demonstration for the College of Charleston’s Coastal Mapping and Visualization class. The SV Evans was used as the scientific platform to bring aboard experts in the field of hydrography and geology to speak about new advances in survey systems and Charleston Harbor geology. The CofC students learned about the District’s role in harbor maintenance and the tools used to support our projects
• Hosted Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Interim President of SC State University, for a visit to District under our partnership agreement and based on our common interest in promoting STEM, we discussed potential cooperative opportunities. Dr. Warrick is very interested in reaching out to industry and government agencies to find ways to enrich the educational experience of her students. She was particularly interested in involving her students in our regulatory process and in the potential for guest lecturers
• Regulatory division participated in the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, which is an annual event organized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to celebrate outdoor activities in the State. Approximately 40,000 people attend this event and it is one of the largest events that the Regulatory Division participates in each year
• Lt. Col. Litz and Maj. O’Brien spoke with approximately 100 MSII and MSIII ROTC Cadets from the Citadel to promote the Engineer Branch about opportunities for Engineer lieutenants and captains, as well as opportunities in the Corps of Engineers
• Regulatory participated in the annual Career Fair at Fort Johnson Middle School. A table top exhibit featuring photographs of field activities, a list of preferred college courses and majors, and a brief description of job responsibilities was on display for the students. Additional props included field equipment and clothing typically used in the field and an interactive display associated with typical field activities. The presentation allowed students to connect classroom learning to real world applications while introducing them to a variety of career opportunities with the Corps
• Our Operations Division held an information session for Trident Technical College students about the District’s trainee program
• In honor of Earth Day, one of our regulators appeared on Lowcountry Live on ABC News 4, to highlight the Corps’ regulatory role and how it relates to Earth Day. During his 3 minute appearance a short video on the life of a regulator was shown and well as a discussion on how the Corps administers the Clean Water Act to protect our nation’s aquatic resources by regulating activities in wetlands and streams
• Twenty-five junior and senior marine science students from Wando High School attended the Charleston Harbor Deepening Feasibility Study Public Meeting to learn more about the project as they are completing a case study on dredging. They were escorted through the displays by members of the team gathering information on the engineering, economics and environmental aspects of the study. This was followed up by a visit to the classroom to answer any questions and listen to the class presentation
• Lt. Col. Litz gave a STEM presentation at the Citadel to freshman interested in engineering
• Regulatory division participated in the 2013 Summer Technical Workshop, Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science. The annual week-long workshop is hosted by the University of South Carolina, Swearingen Engineering Center. Approximately 30 high school seniors and juniors participated in the workshop from around the state. The presentation focused on urban streams and wetlands and their importance to today's society
• Regulatory division visited the Catawba Indian Nation in Rock Hill and educated approximately 30 students at Catawba Elementary School on the functions and value of wetlands and streams. Through the use of an interactive avatar and field demonstrations, students learned how to identify wetlands and streams as well as how the Corps’ regulatory program works to ensure the integrity of the environment

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