A capture of Aaron Wahus, park operations manager at J. Strom Thurmond Lake, capturing the sunrise while assigned as Thurmond's chief ranger of recreation in 2005. The photo was taken at the first morning launch of the 2005 Bass Masters Tournament at hosted at Thurmond Lake.
Illustrious career keeps growing and growing
Aaron Wahus’ 23-year Corps career matured into a park operations manager assignment at J. Strom Thurmond Project but his insatiable craving for new challenges made room for another career growth spurt. For four months, Wahus strengthened his functional muscle during a grooming assignment as head of the Baltimore District’s Tioga-Hammond and Cowanesque projects from Feb. 21 – June 19.
Mark Hiscox, a student in Auburn University's Construction Management Program and contracting specialist at the Savannah District, displays contracting and construction tools of the trade at district headquarters June 15, 2016. Hiscox is one of more than 60 district employees who've enrolled in the degree-awarding program promoted to mend information and communication gaps between construction and contracting specialists. The program blends practical and professional construction education principles for working professionals. It also focuses on holistic communities of practice for students who need to understand interdisciplinary concepts in dynamic team environments.
Auburn program helps contracting staff redefine business as usual
SAVANNAH, Ga. – A few hard-charging Savannah District professionals looking to rattle business as usual enrolled in Auburn University’s Construction Management Program, a degree-awarding program promoted to mend information and communication gaps between construction and contracting specialists.
Metro Savannah-area teachers join marine archaeologists, Civil War re-enactors and other specialists to learn how to integrate science, technology, engineer and math (STEM) lessons from the recovery of the ironclad CSS Georgia into their classrooms. As part of the four-day institute delivered by Georgia Tech University in Savannah, the educators visit Old Fort Jackson, the location where the under-powered warship was anchored in the early 1860s. The visit to Old Fort Jackson allowed them to learn how evolving technology impacted the soldiers and sailors at the fort and aboard the CSS Georgia. Through hands-on demonstrations, the teachers employed several basic engineering and technology actions which can be adapted to classroom instruction.

They also observed underwater archaeology techniques used to locate the CSS Georgia wreck on the bottom of the Savannah River. The teachers saw first-hand the methods used to pinpoint thousands of artifacts recovered from the scuttled vessel during 2015. Leading marine archaeologist James “Jim” Jobling demonstrated the sophisticated equipment used to guide divers through the zero-visibility waters of the Savannah River.

The Teachers’ Institute ran from May 31 through June 3, 2016, and was funded through the community involvement portion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The SHEP will deepen the Savannah harbor from 42 feet to 47 feet. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos by Billy Birdwell)
Educators turn lessons learned into lesson plans
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The school year continued for 15 educators who returned to the classroom to unearth ways to bring curriculum to life during the CSS Georgia Teacher’s Institute held May 31 – June 3 at Georgia Tech Savannah.
Pete Rapp of Sitech Mid-Atlantic, explains the operation of a locating and positioning device to Will Patterson of TIC, during the installation of a coffer dam along the Savannah River. Sitich supplied the equipment to TIC, a subcontractor on the dissolved oxygen injection system as part of the environmental mitigation for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The coffer dam will allow workers from CDM Constructors, the prime contractor for the dissolved oxygen injection system installation, to build the site for a series of Speece cones. These cones will super-oxygenate river water and inject it back into the Savannah River to maintain current levels of dissolved oxygen as the shipping channel is deepened. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, oversees the SHEP, including environmental mitigation.
Laying the pre-foundation
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Construction continued on the dissolved oxygen injection system at two sites along the Savannah River last week.

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Free boater safety inspections offered at Thurmond Lake July 4

CLARKS HILL, S.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will partner to provide boaters safety inspections at Scotts Ferry boat ramp located on Thurmond Lake Monday, July 4 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Published: 6/30/2016

Army Corps of Engineers seeks public comments on proposal to renew and revise nationwide permits

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today it is seeking comments on its proposal to renew and revise 50 nationwide permits for work in wetlands and other waters that are regulated by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. In addition, USACE is proposing to issue two new nationwide permits that pertain to authorizing the removal of low-head dams and the construction and maintenance of living shorelines.
Published: 6/1/2016

Water safety media event to be held May 25

LAKE HARTWELL, Ga. – A pre-Memorial Day weekend water safety media event at Lake Hartwell is
Published: 5/20/2016

Teacher’s Institute spotlights CSS Georgia discoveries

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A Teacher’s Institute spotlighting discoveries from the recently recovered CSS
Published: 5/13/2016

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