Author: Sue Casseau
  • April

    St. Louis converts hotel into alternate care facility ready for patients within days of state request

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Missouri to convert a local hotel for use as an alternate care facility.  USACE St. Louis District provided technical assistance and management of Tarlton Corporation and their subcontractors, as the team raced to finish the conversion to 120 patient rooms, four nurses’ stations, storage areas, a triage center, and meeting rooms spread over four floors within 79 hours of contract award.
  • June

    Archaeological discovery utilizes being both ‘on’ and ‘off’ the grid

    People often talk about the need to be “off the grid,” a phrase with meanings as varied as the individuals who say it. Archaeologists Amy Williams of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Dr. James Wilde of the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center (USAFCEC) made important discoveries in March when they strayed off the grid – several grids, actually.
  • August

    AmeriCorps volunteers rejuvenate Chief Illini Trail: Partnership helps revitalize nationally-recognized trail network

    Popular recreational areas are often victims of their own success and need a little TLC to bring them back to full usefulness. Chief Illini Trail is among the more popular trails in the St. Louis District, but the effects of literally millions of visitors over the years were beginning to show. A new partnership and the hard work of dedicated volunteers are helping restore the popular trails. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the water and land around Lake Shelbyville, a multipurpose reservoir in central Illinois fed by the Kaskaskia River. The area is popular with campers, hunters and boaters, and a source of pride to the surrounding community.
  • December

    Rend Lake's 2013 Accessible Deer Hunt, a success

    Cold rain fell on November 22 in the Dale Miller campsites of Rend Lake, Ill. It was the first day of firearm deer hunting in Illinois and supposed to be a weekend of hunting made more accessible for disabled hunters.
  • November

    Planning, Partners, Passion result in National honors to US Army Corps civilian planner upon retirement

    Jim Hill, Operations Manager on the Kaskaskia River Project in Southern Illinois, and nationally recognized master planning expert within the Corps of Engineers, has retired after 32 years of federal public service. Hill was presented the prestigious de Fleury Bronze Medal at retirement ceremonies in St. Louis.
  • July

    St. Louis District ranger receives lifetime achievement award

    Lifetime achievement usually refers to the recipient, but in the case of Rachel Garren, her achievements affect the lifetimes of thousands of others. Rachel Garren retired June 28, 2013 as the Interpretative Services and Outreach lead for the St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Her career with the District began as a student intern at Lake Shelbyville, Ill., and over thirty-one years grew to bring national attention to her skills and educational efforts.