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September FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is commemorating the 13th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 30, at three of its lakes in Texas. Volunteers at each lake will join more than 80,000 volunteers across America in activities centered around the enhancement of outdoor recreation facilities and the stewardship of public lands.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-49...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced today the opening of the comment period for a proposed trail extension at Lavon Lake. The Corps manages 16, 354 acres of land around Lavon Lake. Approximately 9.1 miles of trail is leased to the Collin County Open Space Program for trail development and operation. The Trinity Trail Preservation Association has built and maintains the existing portion of the multi-use trails at Lavon Lake. Development of the proposed extension to the existing multi-use trail will provide an important component in the recreational use of the public lands.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-47...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced today that visitors and nearby residents of Canyon Dam will notice two projects have been started for maintenance and upgrades of the flood protection facilities of Canyon Dam. Residents and visitors can also see several large pieces of construction equipment that is being used to complete work on the spillway and discharge area of the dam.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-46...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, cautions any recreational or commercial users of the Trinity River that a portion of the river will not be navigable beginning October 9, 2006. Realignment of the river in order to protect the bridge and placement of culverts in the river near the I-45 Bridge across from the City of Dallas Water Treatment Plant will make passage impossible for approximately eight months. Another release will be issued to notify users when the river is fully navigable again. The work is being performed by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor as part of the ongoing Dallas Floodway Extension construction project.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-45...

FORT WORTH, Texas - As a result of the severity and duration of the current drought, all developed wetlands areas at Proctor Lake will be closed for the 2006-2007 waterfowl season. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regrets any inconvenience and plans to use the closure period to make improvements to these public use areas.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-44...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army is seeking factual information about former activities at the Fort Wingate Depot Activity (FWDA) that may now require environmental clean up. Former employees and members of the public are encouraged to contact the army with any pertinent information by calling (505) 488-5411 or by mail at Fort Wingate Depot Activity, ATTN: Mark Patterson, P.O. Box 268, Historic Route 66, Fort Wingate, N.M. 87316. The Army is available to conduct interviews from September 15th - September 21, 2006.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-43...

August FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas -The last recreation days of summer do not have to be deadly. Already this year for the Fort Worth District there have been 23 deaths at Corps operated lakes in Texas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is encouraging recreation seekers to practice safety while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation. With Labor Day weekend only a few days away the following safety tips are encouraged...Read more of CESWF-PA-06-37...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake O' The Pines will be issuing permits to people with disabilities for All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) usage during the 2006-2007 hunting season at the hunting area south of the dam and west of Cypress Creek. Permits will be distributed at the Project Office beginning September 11th 2006; there will be no charge for the permits at this time. People interested in obtaining a permit must provide a written certification from a physician stating that they have a "permanent ambulatory disability". All permitees must obtain and carry an ATV Safety Certificate while riding at the hunting area.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-42...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The US Army Corps of Engineers at Wright Patman Lake will be issuing permits for All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) usage during the 2006-2007 hunting season at Clear Springs and Big Creek wildlife management areas. Hunters may sign up for permits beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 26, 2006 at the Clear Springs Park Gate Attendant Office. If at 10:30 a.m., more people have signed up then there are allotted permits, a drawing will be held.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-41...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently accepting comments on the draft Lower Colorado River Basin Phase I, Texas Project Report, which is proposing to implement a project addressing proposed activities to provide flood damage reduction, ecosystem improvement, and recreation in the Onion and Williamson Creek Watersheds in and around Austin, Texas (Volume II), and the city of Wharton, Texas (Volume III) within the Lower Colorado River Basin, Colorado River, Texas. The Corps is also requesting water quality certification from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for both components of the project.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-40...

FORT WORTH, Texas - In preparation for future construction projects at affected San Antonio area military installations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District will be conducting market research by holding an Industry Day Forum in San Antonio. This Forum, conducted in partnership with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Antonio, and the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence will seek information on Industry capability and input into how to execute a multi-billion dollar program in the San Antonio area.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-39...

FORT WORTH, Texas - Billions of dollars in construction contracts will be up for award under the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Military Construction Centers of Standardization program. The Corps will host an Industry Day Aug. 8, in Fort Worth, at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens off of University Drive at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-38...

July FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - Colonel Christopher W. Martin assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, in a ceremony today at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Colonel Martin succeeds Col. John R. Minahan, who has commanded the district since May 2003. Minahan will become the Deputy Commander of the Corps' Southwestern Division in Dallas, Texas.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-36...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Worth District will have a change of command ceremony July 27 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Colonel Christopher W. Martin will assume command of the more than 900 military and civilian district employees from Colonel John R. Minahan, who has commanded the district since May 2003.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-35...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fourth of July is one of the busiest holidays for recreation areas at America's rivers and lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is encouraging recreation seekers to practice safety while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation. Here are some safety tips...Read more of CESWF-PA-06-34...

June FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - The month of May emphasized the need for water safety education in North Texas after six people died in water related accidents while visiting Corps of Engineers lakes. The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers often reaches out to the public to teach water safety. One way is by partnering with the North Texas Water Safety Coalition who is sponsoring a free Water Safety Fair this Saturday, June 3, 2006, 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynn Creek Marina on Joe Pool Lake, 5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy. Grand Prairie, Texas, 75052.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-32...

May FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - Drowning is the Nation's second leading cause of accidental death, yet it is possible -- just by wearing a life jacket -- to reduce drowning deaths. Statistics show that 90 percent of those who drown at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes may have survived if they had done so. Here are safety tips from the Corps of Engineers to help recreation seekers keep fun in water-based activities over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the summer.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-31...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Elm Fork Project Office has changed its contact phone and fax numbers. The main phone number for the Lewisville Lake Office and Elm Fork Project Office is now (469) 645-9100; the fax number is (469) 645-9101. The main phone number for the Grapevine Lake Office is (817) 865-2600 and the fax number is (817) 865- 2601. For more information on the Elm Fork Project Office, call (469) 645-9100.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-30...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Whitney and Aquilla Lakes has received notice from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife that as of May 31, 2006 TDPW will terminate its lease to administer the wildlife hunting program on Aquilla Lake. Because of this change in management, hunters wanting to use public lands at Aquilla Lake will be required to contact the Corps at the Whitney Lake Office to register for a permit in order to hunt the public lands around Aquilla Lake.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-29...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jim Chapman Lake will be closing the road across the Cooper Lake dam to all traffic May 30, following the Memorial Day holiday until November 30. The closure is necessary for timely completion of guardrail upgrades along the dam as well as performing erosion control work on the earthen embankment, and to insure the safety of contractors working on the narrow two lane roadway.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-28...

FORT WORTH, Texas - In an effort to combat nuisance levels of non-native aquatic vegetation at B. A. Steinhagen Lake in Jasper and Tyler Counties, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, plans a summer drawdown of the lake.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-27...

April FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced today the signing of the Record of Decision for the Trinity River Central City Project by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Mr. John Paul Woodley, Jr. This document is a milestone for the project as it closes out the National Environmental Policy Act process. The $435 million project, which addresses four main objectives including flood protection, ecosystem improvements, urban revitalization and recreation, has been determined by the Secretary to be technically sound and environmentally acceptable.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-26...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, elected to cover exposed dinosaur tracks along the shoreline at Grapevine Lake this past Friday. The actions were necessary in order to protect the remaining tracks after several were damaged late Thursday or early Friday. Two tracks were removed and one track was damaged due to someone unsuccessfully trying to make a mold of the print. Dinosaur footprints or tracks are exposed along the shoreline of Grapevine Lake during periods when the lake level is low.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-25...

March FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced today that beginning March 20, the hours of access for the day use (west) portion of Walling Bend Park will change. The hours will be from 6 a.m. to sunset. Camping and state boat ramp areas of Walling Bend will remain open at all hours. Park visitors are reminded that camping is restricted to one of the five designated sites.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-24...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced today that the spring reopening of the beach area and associated picnic facilities at Russell Park at Georgetown Lake may be delayed due to low water levels. The continued lack of significant rainfall and the use of Georgetown Lake water for Georgetown and Round Rock city water supplies have resulted in lake levels falling as much as 14 feet below the conservation pool elevation of 791 feet. The low water levels have exposed potential safety hazards on the shoreline and in shallow water areas. The beach area and picnic facilities will be reopened when the lake elevation reaches 787 feet. The boat ramp will be opened as scheduled on April 1.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-23...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is conducting a public meeting concerning the Former Bluebonnet Ordnance Plant, located in McGregor, McLennan County, Texas. The Former Bluebonnet properties are not apart of the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (NWIRP) Installation investigations. Former Bluebonnet properties are privately held parcels located near NWIRP, which include two Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) that are proposed for environmental restoration under the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas Risk Reduction Program, Residential Remedy Standard A. Administrative Record files concerning the Former Bluebonnet Ordnance Plant will be available for review at the McGinley Public Library, 317 S. Main Street, McGregor, TX 76657.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-22...

February FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - Over the past few years, Proctor Lake has developed a reputation as an excellent fishery for largemouth bass. As a result of this reputation, and due to its relatively stable water level and absence of golden algae, fishing tournaments have become increasingly popular. However, as tournaments have grown in size and frequency, they have correspondingly increased demand for equitable access to public use facilities such as boat ramps, courtesy docks, and parking areas. In order to ensure that all lake users have an equal opportunity to access, use and enjoy these facilities, the Corps of Engineers has implemented a new permitting process for fishing tournaments held at Proctor Lake.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-21...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently accepting comments on a draft Environmental Assessment, a National Environmental Policy Act document, and a draft Finding of No Significant Impact to construct a Class A Campground at Ham Creek Park, Whitney Lake, Texas.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-20...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently accepting comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment, a National Environmental Policy Act document, for the alternatives pertaining to the proposed implementation of the East Fork Water Reuse Project by the North Texas Municipal Water District.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-19...

January FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - A lack of rainfall statewide has resulted in Lake O' the Pines reaching its lowest water level since 1958, when the lake was impounded. The low water conditions have resulted in the closure of boat ramps that include Lone Star, Mims Chapel, Pine Hill, Copeland Creek, Lakeside and Shady Grove. The boat ramps that are open at this time are located at Cedar Springs, Alley Creek, Johnson Creek, Hurricane Creek and Overlook Park. Maintenance dredging has been performed at these ramps but Corps of Engineers officials urge extreme caution when launching due to underwater obstructions that could be present. If the lake level continues to fall, additional closures may be necessary.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-18...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will sponsor a site-specific Industry Day Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the El Paso Community College, Administrative Service Center located at 9050 Viscount Blvd. North El Paso, Texas 79925. The program will provide updated information on the procurement and execution of the Military Construction Program as it relates to Fort Bliss, Texas.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-17...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) today on the Fort Worth Central City Project. The EIS addresses the multipurpose project of flood damage reduction, ecosystem improvement, and recreation development within and along a portion of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-16...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, released its Draft Final Engineering Evaluation / Cost Analysis (EE/CA) report in Aug. 2005 on the investigation of possible unexploded ordnance at the former Camp Claiborne, located 17 miles southwest of Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Due to Hurricane Katrina response operations the public meeting will now be held on Jan. 25, 2006 at the Louisiana Convention Center, located at 2211 North MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana. A sign-in period will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., during which time light refreshments will be served, followed by a presentation and question and answer session. Public comments will also be accepted at this meeting. All comments will become part of the permanent record of the project.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-15...

December FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently accepting comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA), a National Environmental Policy Act document, for the alternatives pertaining to the Spring Lake Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-14...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Waco Lake announces the opening of Airport Park Campground. The camping facilities that are currently available include 18 new recreational vehicle sites with 50 amp electrical outlet service including 12 with sewer hookup, nine tent sites with individual water service, new restroom with individual shower rooms, a group camping area including eight RV sites with 50 amp electric service, sewer hookups, group pavilion and restroom, a new four lane boat ramp with courtesy dock and a new two lane sewer dump station.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-13...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collects camping fees and facility fees in the recreation areas it manages. Typically, Corps park operations have separated day use visitors and campers to accommodate their specific needs and type of recreational experience. However, due to public interest for campground areas to be open to fishermen, the following alternative operational plan has been developed for campgrounds at Waco Lake...Read more of CESWF-PA-06-12...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Waco Lake will begin charging a facility fee of $4 per vehicle effective Feb. 1, 2006 at Koehne, Twin Bridges and Airport Beach Parks. The facility fee is a comprehensive charge for the use of park facilities regardless of the type of activity. Park visitors who use these areas regularly are encouraged to purchase the $30.00 Annual Day Use Pass which is good for one year from the month of purchase. The Annual Day Use Pass can be obtained at the gate entrances of all Corps of Engineers parks.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-11...

FORT WORTH, Texas -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District cautions lake users about hazards and removal of exposed archeological or historical artifacts from Texas lakes due to low water levels. Lakes operated by the Fort Worth District contain various objects such as trees, tree stumps, rocks, and submerged islands which can create hazards to lake recreation given the low lake levels and drought conditions.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-10...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has announced its intent to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for potential multipurpose projects for ecosystem restoration, flood damage reduction, and recreation development within and along the West Fork, Elm Fork, and Main Stem of the Trinity River in Dallas, Texas. Studies will primarily be directed toward identifying potential improvements within the existing Dallas Floodway and contributing drainages.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-09...

November FY 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas - As the trial of Saddam Hussein nears, Paddie Patterson, an archeologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Worth District, is speaking out for the first time about her personal experiences as part of a carefully chosen team of archeologists and forensic anthropologists summoned to Iraq late last summer to work on a Mass Graves Project.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-08...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the implementation of an aquatic ecosystem restoration project located along Olmos Creek in San Antonio, Texas.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-07...

FORT WORTH, Texas - Michael J. Mocek, a native of Seymour, Texas, was selected as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian of the Year for 2005. He received the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award at a ceremony held in Grapevine, Texas recently. This annual award recognizes the civilian determined to have achieved the highest overall standards of excellence as a Corps employee and who individually has made the most significant and noteworthy contributions to the mission, prestige, and reputation of the entire Corps of Engineers.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-06...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the Civic Center, 311 South Weaver Street, Gainesville, Texas. Attendees will be presented an overview of the recommended Pecan Creek project in Cooke County and will be provided an opportunity for public comment.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-05...

October FY 2006

Beaumont, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been tasked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to implement the debris removal mission for Hurricane Rita affected areas.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-04...

FORT WORTH, Texas - An energized team at the Sam Rayburn Powerhouse is restoring electricity to parts of Jasper County today. The Sam Rayburn Powerhouse, one of only three hydroelectric generating facilities operated by the Corps of Engineers in Texas, has been tasked to do what is termed a "black start" to restore a grid after hurricane Rita caused widespread power line damage and blackout of power.Read more of CESWF-PA-06-02...

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