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    Fort Worth District’s Robert Adams selected as 2013 USACE Environmental Compliance Employee of the Year

    Fort Worth District’s Robert Adams selected as 2013 USACE Environmental Compliance Employee of the Year

    Courtesy Photo | Project Manager Robert Adams looks over the Brown’s Creek Mitigation Project in...... read more read more



    Story by Clayton Church 

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District

    FORT WORTH, Texas - Finding balance to environmental considerations, wastewater issues and mitigation resources for one of the largest military installations in the world is part of the daily routine for Robert Adams, environmental business line manager for the Capital Regional Office, Fort Worth District.

    Adams was recently selected as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Compliance Employee of the year for 2013.

    “I am very appreciative of the help and support from the lakes, office and district – the award is much more than just for myself, said Adams, who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science in forestry. “Col. Klinge called me at home on my day off, and I was quite surprised when he notified me of the selection. I am really flattered that my boss nominated me and that I was selected.”

    “Robert has an incredible ability to build relationships in order to ensure environmental compliance and meet customer needs,” said Anjna O’Connor, Capital Regional Office operations project manager.

    He is able to take the time and effort to resolve complex and challenging problems to a satisfactory solution – sometimes taking as long as two to three years.

    Environmental compliance is an interdisciplinary challenge and, that through Adams’ diligent efforts, full compliance with all pertinent environmental laws, regulations and policies was achieved, O’Connor wrote in the nomination package. Through Adams’ leadership, a project delivery team developed alternative wastewater disposal systems to replace existing evaporation ponds at Lake Georgetown and Granger Lake, thus avoiding potential involvement by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

    Adams implemented the PDT plan which included placing each park into individual tracts in order to meet TCEQ requirements of 5,000 gallons maximum effluent per tract. He completed and submitted wastewater disposal system applications to Williamson City and County Health District for 11 individual on-site sewage facilities. He also developed and submitted closure plans for seven existing evaporation ponds. These plans were approved and resulted in a cost savings of over $95,000 to the government.

    Another example of Adams’ dedication to environmental compliance was work he provided as project manager for the Brown’s Creek Mitigation Project on Stillhouse Hollow Lake, which mitigates for lost resources at Fort Hood. The project includes approximately 4,700 feet of dikes and a water control structure which creates approximately a 20 acre wetland adjacent to the lake.

    In addition, approximately 6,900 feet of ephemeral and intermittent stream watercourses were restored, replacing those lost by agricultural practices.

    Over 9,000 terrestrial trees and shrubs, native grasses and forbs, and thousands of wetland plants were planted within the mitigation area. Through Adams’ efforts, the project was completed and is being operated by the Belton/Stillhouse Hollow Lake Office.

    O’Connor concluded the award summary by saying, “Adams’ continued dedication towards and promotion of the CRO Environmental Compliance program ensured effective implementation and sustainability of the Fort Worth District Environmental Compliance Program and the mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”



    Date Taken: 10.09.2014
    Date Posted: 10.09.2014 17:14
    Story ID: 144790
    Location: FORT WORTH, TX, US 
    Hometown: BELTON, TX, US
    Hometown: FORT HOOD, TX, US

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