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Environmental
Services

and Capabilities



Presented by:

Diana Martuscelli

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jacksonville District


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Presentation Outline


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mission


Special Projects Overview


Example of Projects and Experience



Haiti Watershed Demonstration Project



Department of Defense NEPA Compliance



Kissimmee River Restoration



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USACE

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


35,000+ professionals


8 Divisions/Regional

Headquarters


41 Districts Worldwide


Corps reform 2012

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4,000+ professionals



Wilmington



Charleston



Savannah



Mobile



Jacksonville

PUERTO RICO

AND U.S. VIRGIN
ISLANDS

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USACE Services


Full spectrum of engineering and design services



Construction contracting and field oversight


Environmental studies, designs, and remediation

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USACE Support Organizations


Engineer Research and
Development Center (ERDC)


8 Subordinate Laboratories


Two Support Centers


U.S. Army Engineering

and Support Center (CEHNC),
Huntsville, Alabama


Transatlantic Programs Center
(CETAC), Winchester, Virginia


All Over the World


Districts (Jacksonville, Mobile,

Far East, Japan, Europe)


Gulf Region Division


Transatlantic Programs Center

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USACE
-

Jacksonville District Mission

Emergency
Management

Regulatory

Navigation

Interagency and

International
Services

Ecosystem Restoration

Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction

SPECIAL PROJECTS SECTION

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Special Projects Section


Workforce consists of professionals that have the
education, experience, and training in:


Biology

Archeology

Physical Science

Environmental Science

Environmental Engineering


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Special Projects Section


Obtaining water quality
compliance according to Section
401 of the Clean Water Act



Conduct water quality studies and
obtain permits and authorizations



Test dredged material for
placement in EPA designated ocean
disposal sites





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Support Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP)

and Formally Used Defense Sites (FUDS)


Perform preliminary assessments of Department of Defense (DoD)

formerly used properties


Recommend eligibility and level of clean up and/or restoration



Assess potential environmental effects of planned

and emergency situations


Develop environmental mitigation plans


Assess Hazardous Toxic Radioactive Waste (HTRW) sites


Conduct water and air phase 1 & 2 assessments


Conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) coordination

and compliance



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Conduct environmental compliance coordination with

regulatory agencies, local resource agencies, and

project sponsors







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Section 7 consultation, compliance,
assessments, and monitoring in
accordance with the

Endangered Species Act (ESA)


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Additional Environmental Laws & Regulations Compliance:


Clean Water Act (CWA); Clean Air Act (CAA); Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA);
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA);
Endangered Species Act (ESA); Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA); Marine Protection,
Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA); Magnuson
-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act (MSFCMA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA);

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES); Research and Sanctuaries Act; Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation
Act (NAGPRA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Rivers and Harbors Act
(R&H); Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA); Wild and Scenic
Rivers Act (WSRA); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide

Act (FIFRA); Marine
Mammal Protection Act (MMPA); Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs); Executive Orders; and,
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. NEPA compliance measures specified in
an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) are also
applicable with regard to compliance.


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PROJECTS EXAMPLES

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Watershed
Demonstration

Project in Haiti

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Watershed Demonstration

Project in Haiti


U.S. Southern Command
(USSOUTHCOM) , USACE, and Brazilian
military partnering with Haitian
Government to establish

cost
-
effective alternatives


Environmental Compliance Assessment
(ECA) Report prepared to outline
potential impacts associated with
implementation of the demonstration
project


Agricultural Lands

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Needed to reduce erosion on the hill
slopes and river banks along the
Artibonite

Watershed (which affects
the function of the
Péligre

Dam)



The
Péligre

Plant is the main provider
of electricity for the country of Haiti

Péligre

Dam

Watershed Demonstration

Project in Haiti

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Includes the following elements:



Cascading rock dams on

small inlet rivers feeding the

Artibonite

Watershed



Correct species of vegetation

planted on hill slopes and river

banks to diminish erosion



Installation of monitoring devices

to study rates of sediment accumulation
toward Lake
Péligre


Demonstration Project Site

Watershed Demonstration

Project in Haiti

U.S. Department of Defense

NEPA Compliance

Mayagu
ez
USARC

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Examples of NEPA documents Jacksonville District has produced for the DoD:



U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

NEPA Compliance

Environmental Assessments (EA)



New Directorate of Public Works Building



Energy Savings Performance Contract



U.S. Navy Operation Support Center


Categorical Exclusions



DoD

Educational Activity for Softball Field



U.S. Army Reserve Ramey School Parking Lot



Antilles High School Roof Repair


Other Environmental Documents


Natural Resources Management Plan for U.S. Army Garrison

at Fort Buchanan and U.S Army Reserves in Puerto Rico


Endangered Species Management Plan for U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Buchanan


U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Buchanan Wetland Delineation

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October 23, 2009: explosion at the
fuel storage and oil refinery
-

Caribbean Petroleum Company
(CAPECO)
-

adjacent to Fort
Buchanan



Total of 176 facilities were damaged
within Fort Buchanan because of

the incident


NEPA Compliance

U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Buchanan

CAPECO Explosion

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All operations conducted at the former
Directorate of Public Works (DPW)
Compound at Fort Buchanan had to
be temporarily relocated


The DPW building suffered extensive
damage

NEPA Compliance

U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Buchanan

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NEPA Compliance

U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Buchanan

A) Damage to non
-
structural façade elements

B) Non
-
structural overhead mounted
architectural features

A

B

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After the CAPECO explosion, it was determined that the damaged
DPW Building should be demolished



A new DPW Building at a new site within Fort Buchanan is
projected to be constructed



To comply with National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and
the local regulations, an Environmental Assessment Report was
produced and coordinated with the Federal and local agencies


NEPA Compliance

U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Buchanan

Kissimmee
River

Restoration

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Kissimmee River Restoration (KRR)


Naturally meandered for approximately 103 miles
within a one to two mile wide flood plain


Channelized 1962
-
1971 for flood control


Environmental degradation resulting from
channelization/altering of natural water level
fluctuations led to 1992 authorization of the KRR


Channelization adversely impacted:


Wading birds


Floodplain habitat


Floating vegetation


Invertebrate community




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Pre
-
channelization

Post
-
channelization

Kissimmee River Restoration (KRR)

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During the construction of the restoration
effort, endangered and threatened wildlife
species were found:



Gopher Tortoises



Burrowing Owls



Audubon Crested Caracara



Snail Kites



Woodstorks



Roseate Spoonbills



Section 7 consultation with U.S. Fish and
Wildlife (FWS) was conducted and is
currently on
-
going until the project is
completed



Applicable relocation permits were obtained
from the local agencies and/or the FWS

Kissimmee River Restoration (KRR)

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The
Jacksonville District can provide
full
project
management support
services,
and
we are ready to
support our sister Federal agencies
in any way possible
!

For
more information, please
contact:

Ivan Acosta


Chief
,
Special Projects Section

ivan.acosta@usace.army.mil 904.232.1693