From all of us at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, we hope you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that Col. Leon Parrott will take command of the Huntington District in a ceremony to take place at the Huntington City Hall Auditorium on Oct. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be presided over by Brig. Gen. Margaret Burcham, Commanding General of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.
Col. Parrott comes to Huntington from Ft. Bragg, N.C. where he served as the Corps Engineer for the XVIIIth Airborne Corps. He has held a variety of command and staff assignments including: Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Construction Officer with the 94th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade and 249th Engineer Battalion; Battalion Maintenance Officer and Company Commander with the 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade; Assistant Construction and Operations Officer with the 416th Engineering Command; Environmental Project Officer and District Executive Officer, Europe District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Battalion Operations and Executive Officer with the 1st Battalion, 395th Engineer Regiment; Group Engineer with the 5th Special Forces Group, Deputy and then Chief of the Emergency Operations Center for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Commander of the 326th Engineer Battalion; Deputy Engineer for Installations, Environment and Civil/Military Operations, U.S. European Command; Chief of Engineering at the Defense Intelligence Agency; and, most recently as Corps Engineer of the XVIII th Airborne Corps.
As the Huntington District Commander, he will be responsible for carrying out the District’s mission within the Ohio River Basin, which includes more than 300 navigable miles of the Ohio River in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, plus nine major tributaries. This area encompasses 45,000 square miles in five states – West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina. His staff of more than 800 employees supports the District’s mission to operate and maintain 35 multi-purpose reservoirs and nine locks and dams, providing flood damage reduction, commercial navigation, recreation, and water supply while protecting the environment. The District is involved in significant planning, design, and construction efforts that address replacement of outdated navigation structures on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, dam safety measures at operating projects in central Ohio and southern West Virginia, other significant water resource challenges, as well as emergency management. His staff performs the Corps’ regulatory mission in West Virginia and Ohio.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces the immediate closure of the hiking/ bicycling trail in the vicinity of Dover Dam to Rt. 416 during working hours due to ongoing Dam Safety Assurace work on the dam and its new access road.
The trail follows the access road to the dam and the current work poses a potential safety risk to the public. This requires the Corps to close the trail in the immediate vicinity of Dover Dam. The closure is expected to remain in effect until the end of the calendar year.
The closed portion of the trail is marked by standard construction signs. Although the access road is closed to hikers and bikers during working hours, the road is always closed to vehicular traffic.
For further questions please contact the Muskingum Resident Office at 330-343-9472.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces an Open House and tour of the dam at Burnsville Lake on Sunday, Sep. 1, 2013, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The tours are free to the public.
Visitors will meet Burnsville Lake’s staff, agencies and volunteers. The Open House will include information about Bulltown Historic Area, presentations by the Department of Natural Resources, local law enforcement, first and rescue personnel, there will be water safety programs and goodies for the kids, and visits with Bobber the Water Safety Dog and Corey the Water Safety Boat. Also, free popcorn will be offered at the Burnsville Docks Marina!
To take part in the tour, adults must have identification, no bags or purses are permitted inside the dam and no photos or videotaping is allowed inside the dam.
If you have questions, please call 304-853-2371.
Also, visit us at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=H102270.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Yatesville Lake will offer an open house to the public on Aug. 16, 2013, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Visitors will tour the intake structure at Yateville Lake to learn about how the dam helps reduce the negative impacts of flood damage. Corps team members will be on hand to answer questions, explain the role of the Corps in the community, and to help educate the public about water safety.
For more information, contact the Corps at 606-686-2412 or stop by the Project Office at Yatesville Lake. Also, visit us at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=H120310.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host the 9th Annual “Safety on the Blue” celebration to promote water safety at Bluestone Lake Aug. 4, 2013, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bluestone Bridge Parking Lot (Pit Area) near the launch ramp.
The free event combines family fun with safety tips and will include free boat rides, games, live music by the band Bad Magic Numbers, life jacket giveaways and hands-on water safety demonstrations. Also, for the kids, popular characters such as Bobber the Water Safety Dog and Corey the Water Safety Boat will be on hand.
“Safety on the Blue” is presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the “Safety on the Blue” Committee, the West Virginia Water Festival, Bluestone State Park and the National Park Service.
For more information, call the Resource Manager’s office at 304-466-1234 or Public Affairs at 304-399-5353.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a free open house and will offer two guided tours of the dam at Delaware Lake on July 26, 2013. One tour will begin at 9 a.m. and the second tour at 1 p.m.
The event is open to the public. Tours will begin at the top of the dam by the tower. A Park Ranger will provide an informative tour and explain interesting facts about the dam operations and how it contributes to the local ecosystem and demographics of surrounding communities.
The Delaware Lake Dam Project Office is located at 3920 U.S. Highway 23 North in Delaware, Ohio, and is open daily from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. The office features a historic pictoral chronology of the dam construction.
Please call (740) 363-4011 for assistance with special needs prior to the tour date.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be providing tours of the dam at Paint Creek Lake in Bainbridge, Ohio, on July 19 and 20, 2013.
The open house and tours are designed to provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations at the lake, recreational opportunities and water safety.
The open house and tours at Paint Creek Lake are scheduled for July 19 from 9 a.m. until noon and July 20 from noon until 2 p.m. The tour will begin at the Corps office.