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September FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and The National Environmental Education Foundation are working together to preserve the nation's public lands. National Public Lands Day began 15 years ago with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-36...

FORT WORTH, Texas -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is encouraging lake visitors to practice safety while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation. The Corps applauds its lake visitors this year for exercising vigilance and taking water safety precautions seriously. The 2009 recreation season has seen a 25 percent decrease in water related deaths on Corps lakes. With Labor Day weekend beginning Friday, the following safety tips are encouragedRead more of CESWF-PA-09-40...

FORT WORTH, Texas -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have completed major repairs at Westcliff, Union Grove and Stillhouse Parks and will open the parks over the Labor Day weekend for recreational use.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-39...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jim Chapman Lake announced the temporary closure of Cooper Dam beginning August 31, 2009. Road repair work, such as resurfacing, will begin at that time. The Dam will reopen September 16, 2009 at the completion of the road work.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-38...

August FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - Due to extremely low water levels at Lake Georgetown, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District will close the public boat ramp at Jim Hogg Park immediately to preserve the safety of our visitors and keep their vessels from being damaged. Lake Georgetown, located in Williamson County, is currently 23 feet below its conservation lake level, and the Jim Hogg ramp has insufficient water to safely launch and retrieve most vessels.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-37...

July FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - In 1972 the Whitney Lake conservation pool elevation was raised to 533 feet. Since that time the pool has fallen below elevation 521 feet on three occasions: August 1978 the elevation fell to 520.25 feet, in October 1984 the elevation went down to 520.99 feet and in December 1988 the elevation dropped to 520.46 feet. In the absence of significant rainfall pool levels are again expected to drop below 521 feet.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-35...

FORT WORTH, Texas - In keeping with its commitment to ensure water and boating safety, the Corps' Fort Worth District will host safety events at two of its area lakes this weekend. Both events are free to the public and will feature a vessel safety check conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-33...

FORT WORTH, Texas - An $18.5 million contract has been awarded for construction of an airfield maintenance technical training complex on Lackland Air Force Base, as part of the San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction program. The Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE) selected AMEC Earth and Environmental, Inc. as the contractor. AMEC will carry out construction through its San Antonio office. The company's headquarters is located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District will provide construction management.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-30...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Corps' Fort Worth District awarded Phase 2 of the Fort Bliss Warriors-in-Transition Complex to FPM Remediations, Inc. of Rome, New York on June 25 for approximately $11.1 million. Phase 2 features an administrative building and a Soldier and Family Assistance Center issued under a HUBZone small business set-aside Multiple Award Task Order Contract. Read more of CESWF-PA-09-29...

FORT WORTH, Texas - Water safety must be a top priority for everyone using the nation's waterways and lakes this summer, emphasizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth. An estimated 350 million people visit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas nationwide annually. Corps statistics show that most drownings occur during peak visitation. Fifty percent of all incidents occur between June and July when the projects are the busiest and water temperatures are warmest. The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest visitor weekends. Read more of CESWF-PA-09-32...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District at B. A. Steinhagen Lake (Dam B) will perform routine maintenance on the dam beginning in mid-July lasting through August 2009. To complete the maintenance work on the dam, the Corps will temporarily lower the lake level by 4.5 feet. Starting on July 20, the lake will gradually be lowered until the level reaches 78 feet above mean sea level (amsl), where it will remain for seven to ten days. Once the maintenance work is complete, the lake level will be gradually increase to the normal elevation of 82.5 feet asml. The entire draw-down procedure is expected to last, weather permitting, approximately one month, with full pool being reached sometime after mid-August.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-31...

June FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at Belton and Stillhouse Hollow Lakes, have installed Life Jacket Loaner Boards for use by the public. The Loaner Boards are a safety effort by the Corps to encourage visitors to wear a life jacket and practice water safety at area lakes. A demonstration of Life Jacket Loaner Board operation and a proper life jacket fitting will be held on June 30 at 10 a.m. at Temple Park beach area at Belton Lake.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-28...

FORT WORTH, Texas - On June 6 at Joe Pool Lake, a coalition of water safety organizations will gather to bring awareness to a continuing need for boating and water safety in North Texas. An estimated 360 million people visit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas annually. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 271 boating accidents claimed 61 lives in Texas and resulted in injuries to 173 individuals in 2008. The National Safety Council estimates 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning-related accidents each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability. Most of these accidents - if not all of them - were preventable.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-27...

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sam Rayburn Lake announced today that Hanks Creek Park Day Use area boat ramp and parking areas will temporarily close to all vehicles for routine maintenance.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-26...

May FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Waco Lake announced today that road repairs at Midway Park have been completed ahead of schedule and the boat ramp is open in time for the Memorial Day weekend.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-25...

FORT WORTH, Texas - Drowning is one of the nation's leading causes of accidental death, yet it is possible -- just by wearing a properly fitted life jacket -- to reduce drowning deaths. Statistics show that 90 percent of those who drowned at Corps of Engineers lakes may have survived if they had worn properly fitted life jackets. Park Rangers in the Fort Worth District incorporate water safety training into all aspects of public outreach and education, but accidents can and do occur. It is vital that visitors know and practice personal, water and boating safety when in or around the water.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-24...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Waco Lake, along with representatives from the City of Waco, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries are partnering to enhance Waco Lake's aquatic environment. On May 12, the Corps, City of Waco, Parks and Wildlife, and volunteer groups will begin adding native aquatic plants, vegetation, and hybrid Striped White Bass in Waco Lake to augment aquatic habitat. This habitat improvement effort will last about three weeks and will be focused around Woodway, Speegleville and Reynolds Creeks. For more information, or to volunteer for this aquatic restoration effort, please contact the Waco Lake Office at 254-756-5359.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-23...

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waco Lake announced the temporary closure of Lacy Point Access Area and Trailhead beginning May 15, 2009. Road repair work, such as resurfacing, will begin at that time. The area will reopen May 22 through May 25 for the Memorial Day Weekend then close until June 19 to complete the road work. Alternate boat ramps are available at Speegleville Park, Twin Bridges Day Use Area and Reynolds Creek Park.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-22...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a public meeting in Gainesville on Monday, May 18th, to introduce the details of the investigation of the former Camp Howze, a formerly used defense site located near Gainesville, Texas. Corps representatives will be available to explain the project and answer questions. Landowners notified by mail are also invited to discuss the rights-of-entry process with Corps officials at the meeting.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-21...

FORT WORTH, TX - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a public meeting to introduce the details of the investigation of the former Camp Howze, a formerly used defense site located near Gainesville, Texas. USACE representatives will be available to explain the project and answer questions. Landowners notified by mail are also invited to discuss the rights-of-entry process with Corps officials at the meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009, at the Gainesville Civic Center, 311 South Weaver, in Gainesville.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-20...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded phase 1 of the $57 million Warriors in Transition Complex contract for Fort Bliss, Texas to assist injured Soldiers in their recovery and re-integration back into the Army. This is the first of nine Military Construction Army projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also called the Stimulus Package.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-19...

April FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received a list of Civil Works projects totaling more than $107 million for projects to be funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ARRA funding is designed to improve the nation's infrastructure and help stimulate the nation's economy. The Ft. Worth District's projects are distributed very broadly across its area of responsibility. The distribution of selected projects spreads the employment and other economic benefits across the state.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-18...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The latest project awarded as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction program in San Antonio will provide a facility that consolidates Air Force and Navy bio-effects research at one location on Fort Sam Houston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has given a $69.9 million contract to Skanska USA Building, Inc. for construction of the Tri-Service Research Laboratory, which will be located north of Brooke Army Medical Center. Skanska will oversee the project through its San Antonio office. The company's headquarters are located in Parsippany, New Jersey.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-17...

Fort Worth, Texas - The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today the availability for review of the Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Mission Reach project in San Antonio. The documents are for the proposed acquisition of 55.4 acres of land adjacent to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (SAAN). The acquisition would be made by the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), with the land then deeded to the SAAN to compensate for land loss due to ecosystem restoration activities associated with the San Antonio Channel Improvement Project (SACIP) within the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. The SEA is a supplement to the analysis contained within the SACIP General Reevaluation Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment completed by the USACE in September 2004.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-16...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Whitney Lake implemented a new parking policy on Jan. 1, 2009 at several local parks due to an increase in visitation at the campgrounds. The parking policy will allow three vehicles per campsite and parking passes will be issued upon arrival.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-15...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction program in San Antonio has increased its growing impact on the city's economy with almost $43 million in additional contract awards. Three contracts have been awarded for BRAC projects at Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, and Camp Bullis, a sub-installation of Fort Sam Houston. These contracts are for construction of a medical field training complex, laboratories, classrooms, and a telecommunications and computer operations center to prepare for the arrival of new military missions and the realignment of existing missions in accordance with the 2005 BRAC law.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-13...

March FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction program in San Antonio has increased its growing impact on the city's economy with $43 million in additional contract awards. Three contracts have been awarded for BRAC projects at Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, and Camp Bullis, a sub-installation of Fort Sam Houston. These contracts are for construction of a medical field training complex, laboratories, classrooms, and a telecommunications and computer operations center to prepare for the arrival of new military missions and the realignment of existing missions in accordance with the 2005 BRAC law.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-12...

February FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waco Lake announced that Midway Park Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed for three weeks to restore the flood-damaged parking area, beginning Monday, April 20, 2009.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-14...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, has awarded a $3,382,422 construction contract for the Fort Worth Central City, Upper Trinity River Project, for the Samuels Borrow Site. This action is to expand storage capacity in a section of the Trinity River so that the project provides additional flood storage capabilities. The contract was awarded to Penna-Ambreco Joint Venture of Fort Worth as a small business certified contract.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-11...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Waco Lake will host a public information exchange meeting about proposed improvements in Reynolds Creek Park and a new multi-use trail connecting Reynolds Creek Park with the existing trail system in Lacy Point. The meeting will be held at the Lake Waco Wetlands Research Center located at 1752 Eichelberger Crossing Road on February 17 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-10...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Grapevine Lake announced today a lease agreement has been reached with the City of Grapevine for Rockledge Park at Grapevine Lake. The existing project consists of a day use area and pavilion. The lease will include the closing of the park for the winter season to bring the park up to specified standards for recreational activities. Additional phases will be implemented to improve the quality of existing and install additional facilities.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-09...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Whitney Lake announced today that it will be hosting the annual lake cleanup day event Saturday, March 7, and volunteer groups and individual volunteers are needed. This is an effort to keep Whitney Lake a beautiful place for family recreation, camping and fishing.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-08...

December FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - After awarding about $1.2 billion in construction contracts in fiscal year 2008, the San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction program is carrying its momentum into fiscal year 2009, which began on October 1. Three construction contracts worth more than $101 million have been awarded for BRAC projects at Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base, and Port San Antonio, formerly known as Kelly Air Force Base. These contracts are for the construction of dormitories, renovation of two buildings, and modifications to a hangar, in preparation for the arrival of new military missions and the realignment of existing missions in accordance with BRAC mandates.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-07...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Whitney Lake announced today that it will implement a new parking policy beginning Jan. 1, 2009, at several local parks due to an increase in visitation at the campgrounds. The changes to the parking policy will allow three vehicles per campsite and parking passes will be issued upon arrival.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-06...

November FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive all day use fees for veterans, active, reserve and guard service members and their families at its recreation areas nationwide on November 11.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-05...

October FY 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - The New Mexico Environmental Department issued a permit to the Army in December 2005 defining the requirements necessary for the cleanup of environmental contamination, munitions and explosives at Fort Wingate Depot Activity (FWDA) before property can be transferred to the Department of the Interior. The permit requires extensive consultation with the Pueblo of Zuni and the Navajo Nations as the tribes will ultimately receive any land the Army transfers to DOI. However, federal law also requires the Army to involve other stakeholders from the surrounding communities in the cleanup process.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-04...

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 existing project consists of a multi-purpose trail for hiking and horseback riding. The proposed extension will include the completion of the trail from the current trail head at Highland Park, north to Corps managed property along Wilson Creek. Additional phases will complete the circuit to achieve a trail circumventing the northern portions of Corps managed properties along the East Fork of the Trinity River.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-03...

FORT WORTH, Texas - The final contracts awarded in the 2008 fiscal year as part of the San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program reflect the program's broad scope and joint military collaboration. The group of contracts, awarded before the start of the 2009 fiscal year which began on October 1, include projects that range from constructing a bridge to building sophisticated training facilities that simulate the working environments of combat medics, corpsmen, and many other medical personnel.Read more of CESWF-PA-09-02...

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-09-01...

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