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Burcham tours one of Nashville District’s major rehabilitation projects

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Oct. 10, 2012
Project contractors fill a bucket with concrete for work being completed to the barrier wall at the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Project contractors fill a bucket with concrete for work being completed to the barrier wall at the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

(Left to right) Jim Roth, attorney at the 533rd Engineer Detachment (FEST-M), Fort Knox, Ky.; Lenna Hawkins, acting programs director for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; Col. Robert Peterson, deputy engineer for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; Jeffrey Menineke, attorney for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; and Brian Astifan, hydraulic engineer for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division water management branch pose after completing their tour of the project during Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham’s first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

(Left to right) Jim Roth, attorney at the 533rd Engineer Detachment (FEST-M), Fort Knox, Ky.; Lenna Hawkins, acting programs director for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; Col. Robert Peterson, deputy engineer for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; Jeffrey Menineke, attorney for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; and Brian Astifan, hydraulic engineer for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division water management branch pose after completing their tour of the project during Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham’s first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander talks with Wolf Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant staff during her first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander talks with Wolf Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant staff during her first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander and Capt. Erik Patton, Division Engineer Aide, looks at core samples taken from the barrier wall with Bernie Kearns, materials engineering technician for the Wolf Creek Remediation Project, during Burcham’s first visit to the Wolf Creek Dam on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander and Capt. Erik Patton, Division Engineer Aide, looks at core samples taken from the barrier wall with Bernie Kearns, materials engineering technician for the Wolf Creek Remediation Project, during Burcham’s first visit to the Wolf Creek Dam on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, views project operations from the barrier wall platform during her first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, views project operations from the barrier wall platform during her first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, commander for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, and Lt. Col. James A DeLapp, commander for the Nashville District, stand with contractor's Lyndon Bedford and Fabio Santillan from Treviicos-Soletanche JV during Burcham's first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012.(USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, commander for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, and Lt. Col. James A DeLapp, commander for the Nashville District, stand with contractor's Lyndon Bedford and Fabio Santillan from Treviicos-Soletanche JV during Burcham's first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012.(USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

(From left to right around the table) Lt. Col. Andrew Kelly, Walla Walla District commander; Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander; DeBruyn, resident engineer at Wolf Creek Dam; Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander; Col. Robert Peterson, deputy engineer for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; Lenna Hawkins, acting programs director for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; and Mike Wilson, Nashville District chief of the planning, programs, and project management team meet at the Wolf Creek Resident Engineer’s Office for a brief overview of the project during Burcham’s first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

(From left to right around the table) Lt. Col. Andrew Kelly, Walla Walla District commander; Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander; DeBruyn, resident engineer at Wolf Creek Dam; Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander; Col. Robert Peterson, deputy engineer for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; Lenna Hawkins, acting programs director for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division; and Mike Wilson, Nashville District chief of the planning, programs, and project management team meet at the Wolf Creek Resident Engineer’s Office for a brief overview of the project during Burcham’s first visit to the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project on Oct. 10, 2012. (USACE photo by Amy Redmond)

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District welcomed Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, on her first visit to Wolf Creek Dam’s Foundation Remediation Project.

Beginning the tour at Wolf Creek’s Resident Engineer Office, 1st Lt. Allen Stansbury, project officer for the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project, briefed Burcham with a project overview. Stansbury also explained that work on the barrier wall remains on schedule and that work on the project’s final stage, called Critical Area One, is already underway. 

“We are focusing in the critical area, which is again, the highest risk portion of the dam,” said Stansbury. “This is where we have most of the worst rock formations are underneath of it. We are paying very close attention to what’s going on and monitoring the risks,” said Stansbury.  

Escorted to the construction platform by Bill DeBruyn, resident engineer at Wolf Creek Dam, he showed Burcham an up close view of operations.

“We have about 150 (barrier) piles left to put in,” said DeBruyn. “Once the piles are complete and we do our verification checks, then we will start incrementally raising the lake. However, none of that can start until the piles are completed.”

At Wolf Creek’s Hydroelectric Power Plant, David Chapman, senior power plant operator, met Burcham to show her around the largest power plant structure on the Cumberland River.

“Here at Wolf Creek Power Plant we have six generators and normal capacity is 45 mega watts per (unit),” said Chapman. “We’ve got two generators out of service right now, both five and six and also transformer bank three. We’re installing new generator breakers which we desperately needed.”

Burcham said it was a thrilling experience to touring the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project and meeting the dedicated people involved.

“I understand there are about 170 people working every day, during the day, and another 80 at night working around the clock to get this job done as soon as possible,” said Burcham. “The public can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to protect them.” 

Following the tour, Burcham met with Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5), in Somerset, Ky. before traveling to Nashville, Tenn. to continue her visit at Nashville District Headquarters and Cheatham Lock and Dam Project on Oct. 11.

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