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September FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lewisville Lake announced today several important changes in the operation of Hickory Creek Park and the use of the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) system.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-44...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake O' the Pines is advising boaters and fishermen on the lake to be aware of a potential boating hazard in the days ahead.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-43...

FORT WORTH, Texas - Due to damages from Hurricane Ike, the following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks at Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Town Bluff Dam/B.A. Steinhagen Lake are temporarily closed...Read more of CESWF-PA-08-42...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The repair of damages resulting from Hurricane Ike may require a Regulatory Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The President has declared a National Disaster in 29 Texas counties and 4 Louisiana parishes as a result of Hurricane Ike. The Galveston and Fort Worth Districts advise that the repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of any previously authorized structure or fill that was serviceable immediately prior to the flooding event, is authorized under Nationwide Permit #3 (NWP #3). Such repair, rehabilitation, or replacement must not result in a deviation from the plans of the original structure. The structure to be repaired, rehabilitated, or replaced must not be put to a different use from that which was previously intended and authorized. Separate authorization may be required for new projects or deviations from the original plans.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-41...

FORT WORTH, Texas -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District is preparing for potential impacts of Hurricane Ike, by pre-positioning personnel and equipment and preparing for response operations. With the closure earlier today of the Galveston District, Fort Worth District also has assumed lead district responsibility, as Galveston District personnel relocate critical assets and personnel to an emergency operations center at Addick Field Office on the west side of Houston.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-40...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced today the signing of the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the Modified Trinity River Central City project by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Mr. John Paul Woodley, Jr.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-39...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, is hosting an open house on Thursday, September 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the library within the Center for Economic and Energy Diversification, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 1400 North Farm to Market Road 1788, Midland, Texas, 79706. The meeting will give attendees an opportunity to discuss recently released site inspection reports on the investigations of possible munitions and explosives of concern at 15 bombing/target ranges and at the former Midland Army Airfield.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-38...

August FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas -The last recreation days of summer don’t have to be deadly. Already this year for the Fort Worth District, there have been 33 water related deaths at Corps operated lakes in Texas. The Corps of Engineers is encouraging lake visitors to practice safety while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation. With Labor Day weekend beginning tomorrow, the following safety tips are encouraged...Read more of CESWF-PA-08-37...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District is partnering with the Upper Colorado River Authority, San Angelo State University, State Soil and Water Conservation Board, City of San Angelo and Texas Parks and Wildlife to continue work on the Ecosystem Restoration project at OC Fisher Lake.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-36...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. 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 2008-2009 hunting season (Sept. 22 - Jan. 4) at the hunting area south of the dam and west of Cypress Creek. Permits will be distributed at the Project Office beginning Sept. 8. 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 permittees must obtain and carry an ATV Safety Certificate while riding at the hunting area.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-35...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wright Patman Lake will be issuing permits for All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) usage during the 2008-2009 hunting season at Clear Springs and Big Creek wildlife management areas.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-34...

FORT WORTH, Texas - Contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are conducting munitions response operations at the Fort Wingate Depot Activity (FWDA) that may necessitate the destruction of munitions and explosives of concern on and off the installation. These clearing operations will not occur in populated areas and are being conducted under a New Mexico Environment Department permit issued to the Army in December 2005. The permit defines the requirements necessary for the cleanup of environmental contamination, munitions and explosives at FWDA before property can be transferred to the Department of the Interior. The permit requires extensive consultation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pueblo of Zuni and the Navajo Nation as the tribes will ultimately receive any land the Army transfers to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-33...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The construction phase of the biggest and most complex individual project of the San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program has formally begun with the award of a $556 million contract for additions and renovations to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) on Fort Sam Houston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has awarded the contract to Clark/Hunt, Joint Venture, which is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-32...

June FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has awarded a $33.4 million contract to build a primary health clinic on Fort Sam Houston that eventually will take on the outpatient care services currently provided at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, Inc. received the contract for the project, which is part of the San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program. The company has a district office in San Antonio and is based in Houston.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-31...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Waco Lake will reopen Twin Bridges Park Saturday, June 14. The park was closed for road repair work which has been completed ahead of schedule.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-30...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Whitney Lake established a closing time of 8:30 p.m. for Walling Bend Park effective June 23, 2008. Currently, the park closes at sunset, which has become increasingly difficult to enforce with day use visitors.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-29...

FORT WORTH, Texas - June 6 - 7 at Joe Pool Lake, a coalition of water safety organizations will gather to call awareness to a continuing need for boating and water safety in North Texas. While boating fatalities dropped nationwide in 2007, they climbed in Texas - despite one of the wettest summers on record that closed many boat ramps in the DFW area for a portion of the boating season.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-28...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District will conduct a routine inspection of Cooper Dam Stilling Basin June 16 – 20. During the inspection the stilling basin road will be closed to the public for safety and security reasons. The routine inspection will cover the stilling basin and outflow structure. All work conducted during this inspection period will be completed with environmental safeguards in place to protect the Sulphur River basin and its fisheries.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-27...

May FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District is partnering with the Upper Colorado River Authority, San Angelo State University, the State Soil and Water Conservation Board, the City of San Angelo and Texas Parks and Wildlife to begin work on the Ecosystem Restoration project at O.C. Fisher Lake. The ecosystem has been severely degraded by invasive vegetation.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-26...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Small Business Program Office of the Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a matchmaking event on May 30 for Service-Disabled/Veteran-Owned small businesses. The Corps currently has opportunities for qualified Service-Disabled/Veteran-Owned small businesses with general construction, heavy construction, environmental, architect-engineering, janitorial, refuse, grounds maintenance, and construction and miscellaneous material supplier specialties.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-25...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announced today the signing of the Record of Decision for the Modified 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 and establishes a revised footprint for the project. The modified project utilizes the area previously proposed for the Riverside Oxbow project to ensure the integrity and functionality of the existing flood control project, while also providing greater ecosystem restoration and recreation outputs than the previously approved Central City project.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-24...

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 worn life jackets. Park Rangers in the Fort Worth District incorporate water safety messages into all aspects of public outreach and education at the projects and in the local community, but accidents do occur. It is vital that visitors know and practice personal boating and water safety when near, in, or around the water.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-23...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has released the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposed Gaylord Texan Expansion for public comment today. The City of Grapevine, in partnership with Gaylord Entertainment Company (GEC), proposes to expand an existing convention center and several recreational facilities and amenities on Corps owned land at Grapevine Lake. The assessment evaluates three design alternatives for the construction of the resort expansion and recreational facilities and amenities on federal lands.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-22...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Sam Rayburn Lake, announced today that all roads within Mill Creek Park will be repaved May 28-29, 2008, weather permitting. The paving process may cause temporary road blocks as paving material is being laid. All customer vehicles must be parked completely off park roads while paving is in progress. Boat ramps and parking lots will remain open, but may be subject to temporary road blocks. Vehicles will be allowed on park roads within minutes after paving is laid.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-21...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Waco Lake has rescheduled the removal of the damaged fishing piers at Koehne Park for May 29. The park was scheduled to be closed today to remove the piers but the crane that will be used to remove the piers malfunctioned. The 2007 flood event caused damages to the fishing piers to the extent that they have been determined unsafe for public use.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-20...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Whitney Lake is encouraging citizens to dispose of garbage at landfill facilities rather than on federal property. Illegal dumping has reached an all-time high at various areas around Whitney Lake culminating in recent events resulting in a citizen arrest and charges of felony dumping on government land.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-19...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Town Bluff is partnering with the Lower Neches Valley Authority and Texas Parks and Wildlife to address the nuisance aquatic vegetation that has plagued B. A. Steinhagen Lake for many years. The nuisance aquatic vegetation will be addressed by spraying a herbicide directly on the vegetation. This joint effort between the three agencies should begin to bring the varied and widespread exotic vegetation into submission.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-18...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has awarded a $23,448,135 million contract for the first phase of the ecosystem restoration of the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. Funding for this contract was provided by the federal government, in the amount of $9,100,000, and by the San Antonio River Authority and funding partners, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, in the amount of $14,348,135. The contract was awarded to Laughlin-Thyssen, Inc. of Houston through a best value process, using the following selection factors: past construction experience, relevant specialized experience, management effectiveness, construction duration, and small and disadvantaged business utilization. Price was approximately equal to all technical factors.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-17...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Waco Lake announced today the intent to remove fishing piers at Twin Bridges and Koehne Parks. The 2007 flood event caused damages to the fishing piers to the extent that they have been determined unsafe for public use.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-16...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at Waco Lake announced today that roads in three park areas that were damaged during the 2007 flood event will be repaired.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-15...

April FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - George L. Williams, P.E., a civil engineer with the San Antonio Joint Program Management Office, Contract Administration Branch, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was recognized by the Texas Section American Society of Civil Engineers as the Government Civil Engineer for 2007 at the ASCE Spring 2008 Meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 25, 2008.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-14...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Waco Lake announced today that Twin Bridges Park, managed by the Corps, will undergo a complete makeover. As a result of the 2007 floods, many facilities were damaged or completely destroyed including picnic shelters, restrooms, and roads.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-13...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Benbrook Lake announced today that the Fort Worth Thunderbird Radio-Control model airplane club will move from its current location inside Holiday Park to an area within Mustang Park at the lake.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-12...

March FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, released today, pursuant to publication in the Federal Register, the Final Supplement No. 1 to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Trinity River, Central City Project, Fort Worth, Texas, (Final EIS) which was completed in January 2006. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the public was informed in February 2007 of the intent to prepare a draft Supplement No. 1 to the Final EIS to consider changes in the location of valley storage mitigation requirements and the location of Samuels Avenue Dam. The draft Supplement No. 1 was announced in the Federal Register on January 4, 2008, and was available for comment until February 19, 2008. Over 200 people attended the public comment meeting held on January 24, 2008.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-10...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has awarded a $28.7 million contract to build a dining facility that will eventually serve one of the largest medical education and training institutions in the world. The 4,800 person facility will be part of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) complex, which is being built on Fort Sam Houston as the location where the enlisted medical training of all branches of the U.S. military will ultimately be consolidated.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-09...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has awarded a contract to begin building the complex on Fort Sam Houston where the enlisted medical training of all branches of the U.S. military eventually will be consolidated. The $140 million contract is for construction of two, 1,200-person dormitories on the Medical Education and Training Campus that is planned for the post, as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) law. The contract was awarded to the Hensel Phelps Construction Company, which is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, and operates a district office in Austin, Texas.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-07...

February FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sam Rayburn Lake, announced today that, in addition to several areas within Mill Creek Park that are currently being resurfaced, access roads into the park will also be closed temporarily for resurfacing beginning March 3. The approach to the park boat ramps, the park boat ramps, and a portion of the parking lot will be closed until the resurfacing is complete.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-08...

January FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, released today, pursuant to publication in the Federal Register, a draft supplement to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Trinity River, Central City Project, Fort Worth, Texas, which was completed in January 2006. The supplement proposes alternative locations for the required hydraulic mitigation and the relocation of the Samuels Avenue Dam.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-05...

December FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lavon Lake, announced today that a special hog hunting opportunity will open Jan. 25, 2008 and run through April 30. Permit applications will be accepted in person from Dec. 17, 2007 - Jan. 17, 2008 at the lake office. Applicant selection will be by random computer drawing on Jan. 18, 2008.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-06...

November FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas -The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open the Day Use facilities in Promontory Park at Proctor Lake starting Monday, November 26, 2007. The area includes use of the boat ramp, courtesy dock, picnic tables, and restroom. Access will be limited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, although a night exit is available in case of emergency.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-04...

FORT WORTH, Texas -The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will join other federal agencies in waiving day use fees on November 11 for veterans, active duty service members and their families at its recreation areas nationwide.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-03...

October FY 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has awarded the largest single contract in the San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program. The Gilbane Building Company, which has a regional office in San Antonio, received a contract for almost $92 million on September 29 to construct the Joint Center of Excellence for Battlefield Health and Trauma Research on Fort Sam Houston near Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). The size of this contract exceeds the total amount of all the contracts awarded for the San Antonio BRAC Program through September.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-02...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The documents that make up the information repository for the environmental restoration actions associated with the Base Realignment and Closure of the Fort Wingate Depot Activity have been relocated from the Federal Building in downtown Gallup, NM, to Building 1, Fort Wingate Depot Activity, Historic Route 66, Fort Wingate, N.M. 87316.Read more of CESWF-PA-08-01...

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