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  • Slide 1 Welcome / Introductions Thank you Mike (O’Hagen) for that gracious introduction. Good morning (Mr. Rock Salt, Mr. Steve Stockton). I welcome this opportunity on my 98th day of command to: Introduce myself to you; Share my perspectives on our Region; and Discuss the significant water challenges we are all confronting. Will be joined by Mr. Paul Robershotte- My Special Advisor on Integrated Water Planning (joined the team a year ago today). He has increased our visibility to -and our involvement in- exploring opportunities and in pursuing solutions to these challenges. We are the South Pacific Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers. 16 PHOTOS: Clockwise starting at top right: Bald eagle art of Lake Sonoma by Robert Garcia, Corps employee Earl fishing at Conchas Dam which he helped build during the depression Raccoon crewman during debris removal in SF Bay SPL border fence construction SPK park ranger bald eagle banding SPK Folsom bridge SPA Bosque restoration SPD – Kelley Aasen, Mark Wingate-EM Ops SPA – MILCON Air force Hanger SPL- MILCON Ft. Irwin & Army MILCON SPK & SPN – Bay Bridge earthquake retrofit consultation SPA – LEED certification of BIA schools SPN - construction SPN – Fari Tabatabai in Afghanistan SPL – construction Ft. Irwin SPL – Prado Dam NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • NEXT SLIDE PLEASE SLIDE 2 NOT REALLY A SLIDE (START GOOGLE EARTH) Corps has worldwide mission of supporting civilian and military interests (world globe is turning), then with each movement. We’ve been in Europe since WWII strengthening the continent’s infrastructur.e We are playing a major re-construction role in the Gulf Region. Our Pacific Ocean Division is involved in Korea, Japan, as well as US Territories and the states of Hawaii and Alaska. Continental US is home to 8 USACE Divisions (includes TAD in Winchester, VA). With the South Pacific Division serving as “the Cornerstone of the Southwest!” SPD consists of four great Districts: Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco with the Division Headquarters also located in San Francisco. Transition back to Power Point
  • NEXT SLIDE PLEASE South Pacific Division Common Regional Picture (CRP) Characterized by a vast number of waterways, navigable rivers, ports, harbors, and wetlands; COE for Flood Risk Management. 10 of the Nation’s Fastest Growing States / Cities. 46 Dams & Reservoirs 18,000 miles of levees: 18% of total nation-wide levees. 2,367 miles in Rehab Inspection Program (RIP) / 2,286 miles are Federal Levees. 5 Strategic Ports (Dept. of Homeland Security; Port Security requirements): POLA, POLB, San Diego, Oakland & Richmond. Large number of parks and recreational areas (some leased); over 15M visitors annually. One-fourth of our nation’s threatened/endangered species (birds, bugs, and bunnies). EPA Region 9: HQ = SF, Laura Yoshee. FEMA Region 9: HQ = Oakland, Nancy Ward. 13 x USA and 12 x USAF installations/programs. 170 Native American Nations/tribes (New Mexico and Arizona; e.g., Navajo, Pueblo of Santa Ana, Awe-Wing-A). Healthy Congressional representation (Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, Reid, McCain; personally met/interfaced with Congresswoman Napolitano- CA 38th District, Congresswoman Matsui- CA 5th District, and Congressman Pastor- AZ 4th District).
  • Regional Leadership Team – remains in transition. Paul Robershotte: Hired under HE Program; Special Advisor on Integrated Water Planning. Director, Regional Business: Andy Constantaras (departed 11 Sep); in Iraq with BG Ken Cox (JPIO). Acting Director = Clyde Okazaki (Chief, Business Technical Div). Phil Hunt (POD RIT) reports to SPD 26 Oct. Director, Programs: Dr. Altendorf (arrived 21 Jul; same day as COL Donahue/Change of Command Ceremony). Regional Integration Team (RIT): 8 x TDA (Regional Mgr, Civil Deputy, Military Deputy, 2 x Program Managers, Civil Engineer, Realty Specialist, Admin Spt Asst.); Mr. Scott Whiteford, Ada Benevides, Mr. Zwickl. All four District Commanders change out Summer 2010. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • PHOTOS: Left: Seven Oaks Dam (SPL) – Section 7 Dam Middle: Sacramento River Levee Inspection Right: Acequias - where we restored and preserved the cultural and historic values of the New Mexico irrigation ditch systems (Acequias) REGIONAL VISION: RESTATED MISSION Continue the [Restated] Mission: Lead Transition and Sustain Momentum, Build on Success, Prepare for the Future; Build Capacity; Lead Confidently. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • REGIONAL VISION:T-E-A-M OPERATING PHILOSOPHY 3 x Regional Core Attributes (Inspired Leadership, Enriched Culture of Discipline & Innovation, Superior Performance). 4 x Regional Rally Points (Teamwork, Execution, Attitude, Mission). 4 x Enduring Qualities (Relevant, Ready, Responsive, Reliable) NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Slide 7 Campaign Plan USACE is on its journey of transformation from Good to Great. Recall the geographic breadth of our AOR These Campaign Goals address our unique mission requirements and scope Goal 1: Deliver USACE support to combat, stability and disaster operations.. Goal 2: Deliver enduring and essential water resource solutions Goal 3: Deliver innovative, resilient solutions to the Armed Forces and the Nation, and Goal 4: Build and cultivate a competent, disciplined, and resilient team .. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Slide 8 Regional Water Resource Challenges (1 of 2) It is with this Campaign Plan in mind that we approach addressing the Region’s Water Resource Challenges. Goal 2 and each of its Objectives form the scorecard against which we proceed to address the numerous challenges including: Aging Flood Infrastructure Levee Vegetation Creating environmentally Sustainable Aquatic Resources And in addressing the Bay Delta NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Slide 9 Regional Water Resource Challenges (2 of 2) The Division builds upon the Campaign Plan with its Implementation Plan or IPLAN. SPD in concert with the District Commanders has set and is now realigning these Actions for the Division that support the Goals and Objectives. District Operations Plans or OPLANs similarly build upon the IPLAN providing greater focus for their districts and for what is most relevant in their geographic footprint to have greatest impact in going from Good to Great. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Slide 10 Signature Projects It is against these metrics that we engage and track progress and activity. This is especially true for our Civil Works Projects. Each District is very active, as examples: SPL: LA/Long Beach Harbors and the value of freight shipped (George) SPN: Shoreline Study and the value of infrastructure including Google Headquarters in that area (Karen) SPA: Acequias Irrigation is an important tribal outreach effort NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Slide 11 Civil Works Several of these priority signature projects reside here in the Sacramento District where most are found in the Central Valley. Folsom Joint Federal Project: The Folsom Joint Federal Project (JFP) represents an unprecedented partnership between the Corps and USBR (Reclamation) to achieve flood damage reduction and dam safety objectives in a collaborative manner. The Corps local partners SAFCA, CA DWR partner with us on numerous FRM projects to reduce flood risk in the Sacramento area. American River – Common Features: The Sacramento River Flood Control Project is a high priority within the Region. The City of Sacramento is one the Nation’s highest flood risks. The are many ongoing efforts, including the ongoing levee repair work authorized by the Sacramento River Bank Protection and being undertaken by our sponsors such as the Natomas Levee Improvement plan. We strive to integrate towards a comprehensive systems solution Napa River Flood Control: The Napa River Flood Control Project received the largest portion of Recovery funds in our region. The Sacramento district is well on their way to executing this work. This project is an example of our regional approach to executing the mission with both SPK and SPN functioning as part of the project delivery team. Truckee Meadows Project: Is a multi purpose ecosystem restoration flood risk management study. It also incorporates recreational aspects. (This project has been through many iterations of the planning cycle due to changing requirements. We are on our way to an FY11 Chiefs report.) Central Valley Integrated Flood Mgt: The Division and SPK are actively engaged on several key initiatives focused on the Central Valley and Delta including The Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study (a comprehensive systems/watershed study Levee Stability Program: SPK is involved with DWR and Reclamation Districts to address levee stability in the Delta. In total the Division CW budget is very significant to the region. Our CW activity totaled about $525 mm in 2008. We had an unprecedented program in FY 2009 - obligated over $650 million with the inclusion of ARRA funds. South Pacific Division received the most Construction ARRA funds anywhere in the nation, allowing us to complete many of our on-going projects. In addition, ARRA funding has allowed us to address our backlog in our maintenance at all of our Corp's owned facilities. FY 2010 proves to be another high performing year with nearly $680 million planned. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Followed by Mr. Paul Robershotte. Slide 12 Flood System Improvements Thank you, Sir, and Good Morning. In California, we are confronted with sizeable challenges. The Districts and the Division are engaged in multiple activities. As examples, for Flood Risk Management in the Sacramento area: With our sponsor the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority, we have just completed a Levee Reconstruction – a setback levee –on the Feather River. That effort was celebrated with a ribbon cutting yesterday. I mention the setback because many have suggested that one way to reduce flood risk is using setback levees that allow, as the Dutch say, Room for the River. The Corps continues to work closely with SAFCA, bringing Federal dollars to improve Natomas levees. While this effort has not been without challenges, we recognize the value of Natomas to the regional economy. The JFP at Folsom is becoming a model for Federal interagency coordination. With Reclamations efforts focused on dam safety, and the Corps role in reducing flood risk to Sacramento, the Federal family has embarked on an unprecedented coordinated effort to satisfy each agency mission while at the same time finding commonalities that save money. Corps work supporting the FloodSafe initiative is another example of the Corps partnering efforts. Hydrology and hydraulic efforts have been undertaken using a Federal and State combined effort that extensively leverages local private sector engineering efforts. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Slide 13 Bay Delta The Delta presents enormous challenges along many, many dimensions. The Corps is stepping forward in a proactive fashion to support the state and be responsive to the numerous stakeholders. In addition to serving as a Cooperating Agency for BDCP, we are participating on the Steering Committee The Division is working with Sac District to focus our expert District Regulatory team in dealing with specific issues such as Two Gates as well as less well defined challenges requiring CWA permits or permits for modification of a Federal Flood Project (33USC Section 408 permit) We are monitoring the many initiatives underway and are taking the lead on several such as the Levee Stability Program and Delta LTMS We fully support the recently executed Federal Agency MOU involving the 6 Federal Agencies and are working on the Near Term Workplan NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Slide 14 Collaborative Solutions No single organization can start to address the myriad and complex issues facing the state alone. Several collaborative efforts listed here are exemplary of and in support of Campaign Plan Goal 2. “Deliver enduring and essential water resource solutions THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS. The South Pacific Division is committed to and engaged in delivering INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS. Thank you for your time. Col(P) Donahue NEXT SLIDE PLEASE
  • Thank You, Paul. Let me leave you with some Final Thoughts. “ The test of a first-rate work is that you finish it.” Brooklyn Bridge – links Brooklyn to Island of Manhattan. One of the most famous bridges in the world. First conceived in 1883 by designer John Roebling; bridge experts throughout the world told him his idea couldn’t work. John Roebling convinced his son Washington Roebling (also an engineer), that the bridge design had merit. Roebling’s hired a crew to build the bridge; tragic on-site accident a few months into the project took John Roebling’s life and severely injured son Washington (unable to talk or walk). Roebling’s were the only two who knew the dynamics of building the bridge; Washington Roebling could think and he had a burning desire to see the bridge completed (his father’s vision). Washington Roebling remained in a hospital bed and, using one finger, touched the arm of his wife, tapping out in code what he wanted her to tell the project engineers; he tapped out instructions on his wife’s arm for 13 years until the bridge was completed!
  • Donohue Wed Am 102809

    1. 1. 2009 CALIFORNIA WATER CONFERENCE Changing Tides in the Inland Sea- A Confluence of Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>COL(P) Rock Donahue </li></ul><ul><li>Commander </li></ul><ul><li>South Pacific Division </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Paul Robershotte </li></ul><ul><li>Special Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Water Planning </li></ul><ul><li>27 October 2009 </li></ul>CORNERSTONE OF THE SOUTHWEST!
    2. 2. USACE WORLD
    3. 3. COMMON REGIONAL PICTURE (CRP) <ul><li>10 States (5 shared with other regions) </li></ul><ul><li>One of the 10 Largest Economies in the World </li></ul><ul><li>10 of the Nation’s Fastest Growing States / Cities </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 18,000 miles of levees </li></ul><ul><li>46 Dams & Reservoirs </li></ul><ul><li>5 Strategic Ports </li></ul><ul><li>30 Areas with Recreation; 15.7M visits annually </li></ul><ul><li>300 of 1,200 Threatened / Endangered Species </li></ul><ul><li>516 of 1,547 Military Munitions Properties </li></ul><ul><li>4 EPA Regions (6, 8, 9, 10) </li></ul><ul><li>4 FEMA Regions (6, 8, 9, 10) </li></ul><ul><li>4 VA Integrated Service Networks (18, 19, 21, 22) </li></ul><ul><li>3 US Fish & Wildlife Service Regions (1, 2, 6) </li></ul><ul><li>1 National Marine Fisheries Office </li></ul><ul><li>13 Army & 12 Air Force Programs / Installations </li></ul><ul><li>170 Native American Nations </li></ul><ul><li>81 US Congressional Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>20 US Senators </li></ul>South Pacific Division
    4. 4. SOUTH PACIFIC REGION LEADERSHIP TEAM Albuquerque District San Francisco District >2,300 military and civilians…serving the Nation since 1888 Los Angeles District COL Thomas H. Magness Regional Business Mr. Andy Constantaras LTC Laurence M. Farrell LTC Kimberly M. Colloton Integrated Water Planning Mr. Paul J. Robershotte Sacramento District COL Thomas C. Chapman Deputy Commander COL Janice L. Dombi Programs Dr. Christine T. Altendorf Commander COL(P) Rock Donahue
    5. 5. REGIONAL VISION (1 of 2) Build on new and emerging engineering solutions, and our enduring standards of excellence, to deliver quality projects and services, and respond to National emergencies with our partners and stakeholders, through inspired leadership , a world-class workforce , and an enriched culture of discipline and innovation , to strengthen our Nation. USACE Vision A GREAT engineering force of highly disciplined people working with our partners through disciplined thought and action to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to the Nation’s engineering challenges. USACE Mission Provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. MISSION
    6. 6. T EAMWORK Collaboration Coordination Communication E XECUTION Engagement Empowerment Excellence A TTITUDE Professional Will Personal Humility Positive Determination M ISSION Resolve Renewal Results RELEVANT READY RESPONSIVE RELIABLE INSPIRED LEADERSHIP – ENRICHED CULTURE OF DISCIPLINE & INNOVATION – SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE “ T-E-A-M” OPERATING PHILOSOPHY REGIONAL VISION (2 of 2)
    7. 7.
    8. 8. REGIONAL WATER RESOURCE CHALLENGES (1 of 2) <ul><li>Aging Flood Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Levee Vegetation </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Aquatic Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Bay Delta </li></ul>
    10. 10. SIGNATURE PROJECTS SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT <ul><li>SF Bay South Shoreline Study </li></ul><ul><li>Hamilton Airfield Wetland Restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Port of Oakland Harbor Deepening </li></ul><ul><li>Napa River Salt Marsh </li></ul><ul><li>Pajaro River Basin </li></ul>ALBUQUERQUE DISTRICT <ul><li>Acequias Irrigation System </li></ul><ul><li>Middle Rio Grande Bosque </li></ul><ul><li>Central New Mexico (Sec 593) </li></ul><ul><li>Route 66 Ecosystem Restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Arkansas River Fisheries Habitat Restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Santa Ana River Mainstem </li></ul><ul><li>Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles County Drainage Area (LACDA) </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Salado </li></ul><ul><li>Tropicana & Flamingo Washes </li></ul><ul><li>Tres Rios </li></ul><ul><li>Folsom Joint Federal Project </li></ul><ul><li>American River – Common Features </li></ul><ul><li>Napa River Flood Control </li></ul><ul><li>Truckee Meadows Project </li></ul><ul><li>Central Valley Integrated Flood Mgt </li></ul><ul><li>Levee Stability Program </li></ul>LOS ANGELES DISTRICT SACRAMENTO DISTRICT
    11. 11. <ul><li>Folsom Joint Federal Project </li></ul><ul><li>American River – Common Features </li></ul><ul><li>Napa River Flood Control </li></ul><ul><li>Truckee Meadows Project </li></ul><ul><li>Central Valley Integrated Flood Mgt </li></ul><ul><li>Levee Stability Program </li></ul>SACRAMENTO DISTRICT CIVIL WORKS Regular Appropriations ARRA Appropriations ARRA To be obligated in FY 2010
    12. 12. FLOOD SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS <ul><li>Feather River Levee Improvement Project </li></ul><ul><li>Natomas Levee Improvement Project </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Federal Project </li></ul><ul><li>Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study </li></ul>
    13. 13. BAY DELTA <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 million people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 million acres of agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest Western estuary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>55 listed species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seismic risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sea level rise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>USACE Response </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permit resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CW Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Family </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. COLLABORA TIVE SOLUTIONS <ul><ul><li>BDCP Steering Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>California Levees Roundtable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional TNC MOU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CA Bay-Delta MOU among Federal Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FloodSAFE California </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>The test of a first-rate work is that you finish it. </li></ul>BUILDING STRONG ON THE CORNERSTONE OF THE SOUTHWEST! Inspired Leadership – Enriched Culture of Discipline & Innovation – Superior Performance FINAL THOUGHTS