The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis District held a farewell ceremony Wednesday, wrapping up a successful semester of working with students from Clyde C. Miller Career Academy in St. Louis.
Five students worked in various departments ranging from Geotechnical Engineering to Internal Review in the District office since January, gaining real-world experiences and applying skills they have learned in the classroom. During their time with the St. Louis District, the interns learned how to communicate effectively in the workplace, pay attention to detail, prepare for briefings, and work as a team.
Rend Lake Natural Resource Specialist Dawn Kovarik has become the first employee in the Corps of Engineers to be selected Non-Formal Educator of the Year for 2015 by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.
The association cited Kovarik’s outstanding commitment to environmental education to the public who visit Rend Lake in Illinois, one of five lakes in the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Taking care of the Earth is an everyday mission for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but each spring the St. Louis District finds ways to increase its emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a substantial stake in the health of the environment. The Corps’ water resources missions include environmental stewardship, ecosystem restoration, and regulatory responsibilities under the Clean Water Act.
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is hosting Bring Back the Monarchs on Saturday, May 16, to commemorate National Park Trust’s (NPT) Fourth Annual National Kids to Parks Day. The event will take place at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Over the past two years the monarch butterfly population has reached its lowest level since 1993. Participants at the event can help the recovery by assisting with milkweed and wildflower plantings that will help provide monarchs with food, cover and host plants to lay their eggs. Other activities will include monarch programs presented by the Butterfly House, monarch crafts, and photo opportunities.
CARLYLE LAKE – The 2015 camping season is currently underway at Carlyle Lake. Dam West and McNair Campgrounds opened on April 1st, Boulder Campground will open April 15th and Coles Creek Campground and Lotus Group Area on May 1st. The Dam East Spillway Campground and Eldon Hazlet State Park are open year-round.